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For many years, there has been an effort to combine the holidays from October through December.

Although some have been reluctant, the merger has been building particularly among retailers for years, and avoiding the intrusion and overlapping of Christmas before Halloween and Thanksgiving has been difficult.

Consequently, the distinction between the three major holidays has become less clear. So, why not stop the resistance and go with the flow.

Maybe the emergence and blending of the holidays is a good thing.

Who can resist all the great food, family fun and gift-giving characteristics of each holiday?

No doubt, with all the stores decorated and fully stocked, our holiday senses are stirred and creative juices just can’t help but flow.

The distinction can be made and is being made in downtown Murfreesboro. Every year, something magical happens to our beautiful Square, as we transform from autumn to winter.

Over the Rutherford County Courthouse hangs a large, yellow moon against a soft indigo sky airbrushed with hues of blue. The shops are decorated in bright orange, gold and red - all in anticipation of the tiny ghosts and goblins scampering from store to store on Halloween night.

These miniature masked faces stuffed with candy morsels are a thrill for all who have eyes to see.

A crisp, cool wind transforms the Square and suddenly brilliant colors gleam autumn — yellow, crimson, and russet.

November on the Square is wildly fragrant and continues to thrill the senses.

And who can resist the Downtown Open House Celebration?

During the celebration, carriage rides will run from 5:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 2, and will continue every Friday night through Dec. 21.

Suddenly without warning, November ends with a bite and a chill. Downtown is beautifully illuminated by sparkling white lights, colorfully decorated shops complete with strolling carolers, and the clop-clop-clop of the carriage rides around the Square.

Crowds will gather for the Lighting of the Tree Celebration Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., completing the arrival of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who will be visiting the historic courthouse throughout the month of December.

What can be negative about enjoying all the sights and sounds of these overlapping holiday festivities?

Murfreesboro is a picture-perfect setting where friends and neighbors meet and celebrate all the holidays together.

So, go ahead and mark your calendar.

Tagged under  Christmas, Event, Halloween, Holiday, Murfreesboro, Thanksgiving

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