The wreaths, bows and snowmen decorations have been unpacked.
Strings of lights have been untangled and strung from trees, buildings and light posts. Thousands of bulbs have been checked and rechecked.
Now it’s time to flip the switch.
Puppet shows, parades and, of course, visits from Santa will highlight this year’s holiday events. Shoppers can take care of the Christmas lists with handmade Indiana goods in Franklin or sing carols among the luminarias in downtown Edinburgh.
The season in Johnson County starts early with the annual Greenwood-A-Glow celebration, scheduled for today. Residents will gather around the massive blue spruce at Madison Avenue and Main Street, waiting for Mayor Mark Myers to join Santa Claus in turning on thousands of lights.
“The choir will be singing, there will be hot chocolate and cookies, while everyone waits for Santa to show up,” said Rosemary Cunningham, president of the Old Town Greenwood Association. “He’s the guy in red. He’s the one everyone wants to see.”
Greenwood has scheduled its holiday lighting the weekend before Thanksgiving for years now, Cunningham said. With so much else going on during the Christmas season, organizers didn’t want the lighting to get lost in the shuffle.