Yule love the Christmas tree, just not the price tag
CHRISTMAS waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Gympie's new $18,000 Christmas tree went up at the Monkland St roundabout this week, and the "old" tree will be installed at the Fiveways roundabout early next week, officially launching the 2015 silly season in our region.
Tinsel and baubles have festooned our shopping centres for some time, and supermarkets are already playing Christmas carols.
Today is the Gympie Turf Club Christmas Party Race Day, and at Central Shopping Centre the annual arrival of Santa and spectacular Christmas parade will draw a big crowd and lots of excited youngsters from 2-4pm.
When The Gympie Times asked its Facebook followers when they thought the Christmas decorations and tree should go up, many said December 1, though some "couldn't help themselves" and had gone early "to get the most of our Christmas".
Others said something along the lines of "We are Aussies and we can put them up and take them down whenever we want".
Still others were traditionalist; putting them up one week before Christmas day and taking them down on the 12th day of Christmas, January 6.
Last night , the Gympie Regional Council officially lit the CBD's new 6m, red and silver Christmas tree in a community lighting ceremony.
The new tree is part of a month of festivities designed to bring Christmas cheer to the CBD, a council spokesman said.
"Santa and Mrs Claus will be visiting Mary St during late night shopping, and there will be wine tasting, carols and street entertainment on December 15 and 22, from 5pm onwards," they said.
"Little ones can tell Santa if they've been naughty or nice while enjoying a horse and cart ride through Mary St.
Acting Mayor Tony Perrett said the new tree and banners were all part of the council's strategy to share the Christmas spirit with visitors and residents, celebrate the season and attract people to the town centre to buy their gifts locally.