I made my way to our old hometown of Concord, Massachusetts last week with good intentions of grabbing a few photos of some holiday doorways. Concord is a beautiful historic town with some lovely old homes that are usually well decorated for the holidays.
I didn't arrive until around three in the afternoon and knew I had a limited amount of time before the light disappeared. Parking seemed very crowded for late Sunday afternoon and I also noticed there were more people in town than usual. As I headed on foot for the town center, more and more people began to appear and, before I knew it, some of the main streets were barricaded, not allowing any vehicular traffic. Once I arrived at town center and saw that all of the stores that are usually closed on Sunday were open for business, I quickly figured out that I had suddenly been caught up in Concord's annual holiday celebration, complete with a parade and the arrival of Santa. Since it was clear that I was not going to get many doorway shots, with the hundreds of people around, and because there was no way to get my car out of its parking space, I decided to make the best of it and enjoy the celebration. If you're gonna get stuck in a town, there is no lovelier place to have it happen than Concord. Here are a few shots from the visit:
You can't have a parade without some balloons and a few street vendors!
Frosty and Rudolph were there...
...and even a few Jedi recruiters.
I loved these two little guys who had obviously had enough of the "Joy to The World" stuff and were growing a little nudgy wishing that Santa would show up soon.
All of the stores were open and the churches, too.