Peyton and Julian Brady said they liked Brentwood’s Christmas tree lighting for the cookies. Their mother Keisha comes for the lights. / Photo Matt Blois
By MATT BLOIS
Hundreds of residents gathered at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library to light the city’s Christmas tree and mark the beginning of the Christmas season on Monday night.
This is the 20th year the city has lit a Christmas tree. The Ravenwood High School Choir performed at the event, and an actor dressed as a train conductor read aloud “The Polar Express” to a large group of children.
Keisha Brady and her sons Peyton, a 4th grader at Shayne Elementary, and Julian, a 7th grader at Knowledge Academies, said they loved the event last year and decided to come back.
“They really like the treat,” Brady said. “I like the tree lighting.”
The library offered plates of cookies and warm cider before and after the event.
Mac and Kelly Alsup said they liked spending time with friends and neighbors at the Christmas Tree lighting. It’s a chance for their daughters to visit with friends.
“We started when our kids were little and now this one is almost 13,” Kelly Alsup said.
Macy Alsup, a student at Brentwood Middle School, and her sister Cassidy, a student at Brentwood Middle School, said they liked the event because it’s a tradition.
The family lives nearby and was able to walk to the event, but Mac Alsup said he was glad the night was a little cold. He said it wouldn’t have felt right to light a Christmas tree in 70 degree weather.