“Miss Tim, Miss Tim, Santa was here! Santa was here!”
The thrill of Friday night’s tree lighting in Downtown Apex, North Carolina lit up the face of my 3 year old friend as she hurried up to give me the news. In a year, Laura will articulate her “K” and “L” sounds; “wuv” will be “love” and I will, sadly, become “Kim”. In a few years, Laura will be like her big sister, likely declaring herself too cool for Trick-o-Treating and too old to send her list to Santa.
Like many of you, I find time racing past and see the world changing at what appears to be a breakneck pace. Yet, here in Apex, traditions hold strong. The ring of sleigh bells filled the air on Friday night. Santa stood on Salem Street shouting greetings of the season. Bystanders cheered the warm wishes, which matched Friday’s warm temperatures. Like many other years, a warm front brought as many folks out in shorts and t-shirts as ugly Christmas sweaters. No matter next year’s weather, the Apex Police will secure the parade route and people will walk to Salem Street to watch the parade as they have done for over five decades.
If you missed the parade, or forgot to stop by the Little Blue House to get the yummy treats cooked up at Triangle Home Team Realty, don’t fret! There is still plenty of Christmas cheer waiting for you in Downtown Apex. This Saturday, Dec. 9, Halle Cultural Arts Center presents “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” & “The Great Big Holiday Bake Off”; two musicals in one. At this writing, the 7:30 pm show is sold out, but tickets are still available for the 3 pm show. In nearby New Hill, the Santa Train also has a very few seats remaining.
Apex, North Carolina and the surrounding Triangle hold countless delights year-round, but Christmas is especially wonderful here. Sure, Santa will end the annual downtown Christmas Parade, but a stroll down Salem Street shows that holiday excitement has already begun.
Last week, the American flags proudly displayed on the telephone poles most of the year were replaced with Christmas wreaths. I happened to be visiting Tonya at Triangle Home Team Realty when I noticed the wreaths were up. Only a few moments later as I stopped at the traffic light the wreaths lit up. Such a small thing, really, and yet my breath caught. I felt grateful to live in this community and found myself thinking about my son’s first Apex Christmas parade. As a fifth grader in Baucom Elementary he had played football on a local Pop Warner team that marched along with other teams, scouts, dancers and the Apex High School band. Seeing how happy those kids were to be part of the parade was a delight. I could not have been more thrilled if I had been at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
You’ll have to wait until December 2 for this year’s Christmas parade, but on Small Business Saturday, you can begin to conquer that Christmas list. Wander your way from one end of town to the other, making discoveries along the way, or map out your adventure. Be sure to leave time for lunch or dinner at one of the great downtown restaurants, such as the Salem Street Pub. Like many who call Apex home, owners Jenny and Jared Dukart are what folks affectionately call “transplants”, originally hailing from Hershey, PA.
Whether you’ve lived in Apex your entire life, have just bought a home here, or are visiting with friends and family, I hope you will open the many gifts Apex hold this holiday season.
Blessings to you!
5 Things to Sellers Should Know About Triangle Home Team Realty and Mike Proctor
As winter is starting to enter our rear view mirror, the real estate season is starting to heat up. Inventories are at all-time lows making this upcoming spring a great time to sell your home. Typically market activity makes a strong push this time of year. In all my years of experience I have never seen such a lack of homes available for purchase. This shortage of active listings makes RIGHT NOW a great time to list your home. Even if you would like to wait, pick up the phone and contact our team to get things started. This will give you advantage on preparing your home for sell. Don’t sit on the bench, get in the game!!
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