Princeton Tree Lighting Celebration

Pastor of Sunrise Christian Church, Ernest Carle, leading Christmas carols.

By Sandra Smith

Saturday, December 1 was the seventh annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration in Princeton. More often than not we have had to deal with the extremes of winter weather conditions, but this year it was dry with no freezing temperatures. By 6 p.m. there was a large gathering of all ages at Legacy Square. Doug Clements had put the lights on the tree earlier in the week while I held the ladder.  He also had the honor of plugging in the lights. Pastor Ernest Carle from the Sunrise Christian Church in Big Lake led attendees in Christmas carols. Meanwhile, Santa’s elves from the Friends of Princeton, the Parks and Recreation Committee and the North Woods 4-H Club were busy at the Princeton Fire Station. 


Thanks to Moses Cilley who moved out all of the engines so that elves Sharon Norman, Jan Cilley, Meredith Carle, Jessica and Cameron Cilley, Tammy, Scott and Hope Carle could set up the tables, Santa Claus’s corner and then bag the cookies. Thanks again to our bakers Robyn Smith, Jessica Cilley, Sharon Norman, Sue Martell, Ruth Curtis, Doreen Wallace, Susan White and Tina Crowe who made a delicious assortment of Christmas cookies and for a donation of donut holes from the Theriault family. Head elf Sharon along with Meredith passed out the cookies, Jessica and  Cameron made sure everyone got a Christmas ball decoration (donated by Deb Mann), and Tammy helped me serve the cocoa (donated by the Machias Savings Bank). Hope, who is Miss Northern Star, helped Jan with taking photos of the children visiting Santa (Warren Valentino-who has been very gracious to do this every year). All of our elves stayed around for cleanup and we were done shortly after 7 p.m. Princeton may be a very small town but it’s residents have big hearts and work hard every year to make this event so very special.