. . .Pure Christmas!
The High Plains Drifters (that’s us, you know) hail from a ‘PC’ state, but in Washington that means, “Politically Correct”.
And that means some stutter and stammer out watered down, lukewarm greetings this time of year for fear of: 1) hurting someone’s feelings, 2) dissing some other holiday, or 3) being sued by someone for not being that kind of “PC”.
I can tell you, that from what we've seen, we much prefer Arizona PC in December!!!
Our introduction to the season came in Prescott, Arizona, a college town of some 40,000 that’s also popular with retirees and serves as a weekend getaway destination for those living in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. We spent our third night here on our Southwest Winter Road Trip.
We’ve been taken with the town since our first visit there a year ago, but now I am enchanted by it. You see, it is Arizona’s Christmas City!
Banners hang on light posts throughout the downtown proclaiming it so. Advertisements fill tourism magazine pages. Residents announce it proudly. Even in Scottsdale they tell you about their neighboring Christmas City to the north.
“Are you in town for the Christmas Light parade?” the clerk asked when we checked into our hotel in the heart of Prescott. It was the first of many celebrations this month, he said, describing a series of PC events.
“We are heading to the parade,” we told a couple dining near us shortly thereafter. “This is the small one,” they cautioned us, “The big one is next Friday. It lasts two and a half hours”
By the time we arrived back to the parade route the sidewalks were filled, in some places, people were standing six-deep, often calling out and waving to friends who paraded past.
Cheers and clapping erupted as each new display came into view.
It was music to our PC-dulled ears, when we were told that during the Christmas celebration calendar, there’s also a night when children gather on the courthouse lawn to hear a reading of “The Christmas Story”.
It’s a pretty special time in Prescott, the Poster Child of Pure Christmas. But Christmas – not “Holiday” -- celebrations are taking place all over Arizona; I’ll tell you about them as our jolly, pre-holly-day travels through the state continue. And next year we may just be celebrating Christmas in Prescott!
If You Go:
For More Information about the city: Prescott Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center, 117 W. Goodwin St., 86303, phone, 800-266-7534.
For Christmas events and travel information, click this link: Visit Prescott