So many people to thank, so little newsprint to do it all in. …

Considering the amount of work that goes into a successful Christmas in July pales before the number of people who own a part of that success. From the Christmas in July committee — a group of people who are thinking about Christmas in July even as the rest of us are putting away our Christmas decorations — to town officials, town residents, shop keepers, public works to an army of volunteers and all those who participate, the list is long and grows longer every year.

It grows longer because the festival improves and grows in myriad ways every year, based on thousands of decisions from hundreds of decision makers.

At the end of the day — the day of July 6 this year, to be exact — is our tangible proof that this festival is truly a community festival, because without this community there could be no Christmas in July.

And so, a thank you, a well-done, a huge mission accomplished to all of those who played a role in shaping and keeping ship-shape this year’s extravaganza — and that’s what it was, from start to finish: extravagant in all the ways an outdoor festival of this size should be.

Until next year — even as the work begins anew now — we wish all of our friends and neighbors a very merry Christmas in July.

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