ELK GARDEN – Cold and windy weather didn't stop the Christmas spirit as Elk Garden held its annual Christmas celebration with a parade and tree lighting.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN – Cold and windy weather didn’t stop the Christmas spirit as Elk Garden held its annual Christmas celebration with a parade and tree lighting.
Lead off by the Elk District Fire Department and the honor guard, parade grand marshals Keyser Police chief Tom Golden and wife Gwen began the procession which featured various businesses and community groups including the Elk Garden United Methodist Church, Girl Scout Troop 40507 and the most important guests, Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Welcoming everyone to town hall following the parade for snacks and to warm up, mayor Marian Droppleman said, “We wanted to do this for the true meaning of Christmas. This is for the kids and to bring the community together.”
Introducing parade grand marshals Tom and Gwen Golden, Droppleman noted, “They have helped a lot with the community. I appreciate them coming to our small town.”
A small tree was decorated at the front of the town hall as Droppleman explained that the tree planted last year did not survive and the nursery did not have one to replace it with before Christmas. Plans are to plant a new tree in the spring for next year.
The tree was adorned by ornaments in memory of loved ones as Gwen pushed the button to light the tree.
“It warms our heart to remember those that have gone before us,” said Droppleman. “It’s up to us to carry on the traditions they taught us.”