On Thursday, Lake Oswegans will gather around their tables to give thanks for what is most meaningful to them. With all three of our kids home, our blessings will surround us as we carry on our family tradition of writing what we are grateful for on paper cutout leaves before attaching them to our Thanksgiving tree.
In years past those leaves have spoken of appreciation for home cooked meals from our away-at-college son, friends from our super-extroverted daughter, a job as a columnist with the Oregonian from our writer-daughter.
This blog feels like a weekly Thanksgiving moment as I reflect on why I love living in Lake Oswego, Oregon and why you might too. From the Lake Grove Swim Park to the cross-town rivalry between our two high schools, I have shared 26 Reasons to Love Lake Oswego since this blog started on May 24, 2011 and thanks to this incredible town we live in, there is no shortage of ideas!
I feel blessed to call Lake Oswego home, and will be sure to include that on my contribution to this year’s Costello family Thanksgiving tree.
ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
One of my favorite reasons to love Lake Oswego is making its annual appearance this week: the 47th Annual Tree Lighting ceremony and parade in downtown Lake Oswego sponsored by both the City of Lake Oswego and Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce. Festivities begin at the corner of 5th and A Avenue at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25, for the lighting of the Bigelow Plaza Holiday Tree. The Millennium Band will herald in Santa’s arrival as he leads the parade down A Avenue to Millennium Plaza Park for a second tree lighting, refreshments and entertainment by show choirs from both high schools, The Windjammers from Lake Oswego High School, and Company from Lakeridge High School.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
You can also celebrate another asset of Lake Oswego this weekend by taking part in the national Small Business Saturday initiative on November 26. Kick off your holiday shopping season right in town. From A for Art to Y for Yoga, you can find the perfect gift while supporting local merchants who have invested their time, money and resources into our community. Check out the Chamber of Commerce directory to get you started. Enjoy the hunt!
Do you have a favorite small business in Lake Oswego you plan on supporting this holiday season? Why not share what it is and why you love it! Spread the word.
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