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Christmas In Hundred

December 12, 2018

Like Christmas cards sprung to life, the little town of Hundred, W.Va., goes to great lengths to make the season bright by decking out their streets with twinkling lights by the thousands. On Friday night, in this little community in the back part of Wetzel County, the little village of around 500 people crowded the one main street, waiting to get a glimpse of Jolly Ol' St. Nick as he rode on top of the town's fire truck in the annual Christmas parade.

Window decorations, holiday store fronts, a towering memorial Christmas tree, a live navitity scene, and holiday music gave the town a certain charm that is championed by volunteers who spend the entire year planning the event. The village took on the appearance of days gone by; it was a holiday gathering like done other.

The smell of fresh baked goods, hot chocolate brewing, and sausage on a grill - combined with the sight and sound of children filled with the spirit of Christmas - made the trip worthwhile.

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Joy Kuhn hold Mike Parsons’ memorial decoration.

The annual tradition of family, friends and neighbors enjoying the occasion brought back memories of past days.

This writer loved the idea of hopping in the car, enjoying some warm cocoa and holiday spirit in someone else's hometown. Singing "Silent Night" beneath the twinkling lights of the village tree, people of all ages and from all walks of life came together as one big family.

That's what makes Hundred different from most places today. A town, which not long ago went through two devastating floods that nearly destroyed the community, made it happen again. There was magic in the air. City officials gathered at the fire hall as children lined up to meet with Santa, submit their wish list, and receive their treat. It was definitely a step back in time. It seemed like a Dickens' era scene, with lots of cookies and warm drinks at the senior center and the Baptist Church manning a hot soup kitchen to balance the chill in the air.

This short one-evening festival transports folks back to a simpler time. I promise you, this writer came home filled with the holiday spirit. It was the perfect evening for enjoying the way life is supposed to be, in small town America. One of the highlights was seeing our state delegate, Dave Pethel, mingling in among the crowd while the county sheriff rode in the parade, waving to those lining the street.

Although the temperature had dropped to about 20 degrees, it didn't seem to dampen the spirit. One young boy was running around with a tee-shirt on. I asked him where his coat was, and he responded with, "I forgot it," as he gathered up candy from the streets with the other parade-goers.

Although hard times have fallen on many small towns in this state, it takes people who really care, people who are genuine. It takes people who understand that although life is not like it was 50-60 years ago, it can still be a place for those today to enjoy. It takes good people to make good things happen, unselfish people who do it behind the scenes and not to be seen.

That's the type of people I saw in Hundred this past Friday night. Congratulations Hundred on a great Christmas festival and parade.

Editor's Note: For more photos from this event, be sure to pick up a copy of the Wetzel Chronicle.



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