Hot cider, cookies, great shopping, and a chance to meet Santa Claus drew a large crowd last Friday evening for the Town of Franklin’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the square.
Main Street’s holiday centerpiece was brought to life with the help of five-year-old, Chase Rogers. Chase assisted Santa with the highest honor of the evening by plugging in the tree at the end of a crowd-led count down. Chase, the son of Sabrina and Dan Rogers of Franklin, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and is currently in treatment. He spent nine months in UNC Chapel Hill last year and was just referred for treatment in Asheville, in August. Chase has three brothers and one sister and enjoys anything to do with Thomas the Train. Chase received a gift for helping Santa with the important task of lighting up Main Street, and despite the urging of his sisters, decided to wait until he got home to open his gift.
After the tree lighting ceremony, citizens gathered around the Manger scene in front of the courthouse for a candlelight service led by Vic and Janet Greene, which was sponsored by downtown merchants. During the service guests sang Christmas hymns and heard Bible scripture about the coming of Christmas.