Decorating the tree, buying gifts, and the annual McMinnville Christmas parade.
These are all things that usher in the holiday season in Warren County.
The annual parade marched down Main Street on Saturday afternoon with its traditional flair and holiday cheer as hundreds of spectators lined the street to enjoy an unusually warm Christmas celebration. Many spectators wore short-sleeve shirts, and some even wore short pants, as the temperature was in the low 60s with a breeze. Mittens and wool caps were nowhere to be found.
With the theme "A Dr. Seuss Christmas," there were many tall, red and white hats for the signature Cat in the Hat character. There were also a number of Grinches of all shapes and sizes.
There were many spectacular floats, cars of all sizes, and convertibles filled with pageant queens. The WCHS marching band pounded home a steady beat just before the grand finale of Santa Claus, who was perched high above the crowd on his sleigh. Santa smiled and waved frantically to children who looked up to him for an affectionate glance.