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Families Wrap Up Holiday Preparations

By Staff | Dec 21, 2016

Photo Provided The reason for the season is shown in this photo — a live Nativity scene as ushered in on a cold night last weekend by the Calvary Apostolic Church by the intersection of WVa. 18 and W.Va. 180. Maybe take a moment to read Luke 2:1-20. Merry Christmas.

SISTERSVILLE — Every Christmas season, Tyler County embraces the holiday spirit.

A man in a red suit comes to town – Santa Claus, aka Martin Parrish.

Fortunately, Parrish doesn’t have to travel from the chilly confines of the North Pole, but he lives in Tyler County.

Parrish shares his joy when he puts on the Santa hat and gear to meet with children near and dear. A few weeks back during Sistersville’s Christmas parade, Parrish was high above the crowd – not on a sleigh – but riding atop a fire truck.

After the parade, Parish greeted kids at the Gas Light Theater and listened their wish lists.

Edith Taylor -- Christmas elf

Throughout the year, this warm, lovable guy helps where he can with the legendary and award winning Silver Knights’ Marching Band. Other times, Parrish was seen walking around the track for Relay for Life. Like many people who are faced with an uncertain future, Parrish drew his strength from God.

“I became closer to God after the diagnosis,” Parrish, 57 of Middleboure said as walked around TCHS’ track a few months back.. “Surviving – most definitely it is a blessing. Everyday, I say my prayers and give thanks to my blessings.”

Another sign of the holidays, that lovable elf Edith Taylor may be nearby assisting kids on their way to the big man’s chair. She is a common site throughout downtown Sistersville, always there to share a smile and talk to everyone.

Tyler’s middle/high school choirs performed a wonderful holiday concert. Students from Paden City Middle School visited a nursing home in Sistersville to spread cheer.

Area churches including Calvary Apostolic Church and First Baptist Church of Sistersville offered live Nativity scenes last weekend.

Santa, aka Martin Parrish, making the season great.

Parking meters became more festive in downtown Sistersville and decorative lights were placed high above in places here, there and everywhere downtown.

Maybe consider attending Church on Sunday. Sistersville’s First United Methodist Pastor Tim Kelley gets the last word.

“This is the season we remember that God made a decision to come into a messy, and broken world in the form of babe, and shows us that humanity matters to God and opens up new beginnings to show Gods love to the world,” Kelley said.

Indeed. Merry Christmas!