The place to be on Christmas Eve was Cherokee. A larger than usual crowd from all over Abaco, and many from off the island, gathered for the annual lighting of the Community Tree.
Santa arrived in a spectacularly lit sleigh to the delight of the children of all ages. He handed out the many gifts (put their earlier by the parents, family and friends) to the children gathered at his feet.
The weather was a perfect 74 degrees with a light and balmy breeze that kept the No-See-Ums away.
After Santa had finished handing out the gifts and the folks had all given him his usual three Hip-Hip-Hurrahs, everyone headed over to the Wm. W. Sands Community Center for a traditional Christmas feast of ham and turkey with all the trimmings. Included on the menu this year was a raw broccoli and cauliflower salad which proved to be the hit of the meal with many returning for seconds and requests for the recipe. The people waiting in line didn’t have to wait long as two serving lines were set up this year and the crowd moved through very quickly.
It appeared as if everyone was having a good time and they were also treated to a fine fireworks display off our famous Long Dock to finish off a memorable evening.
Cherokee is known for being a warm and welcoming group of people and they look forward to sharing any occasion with family and friends, especially on Christmas Eve.
Many people helped to go out in the forest to cut the tree and trim it as well as clean and set up the hall and prepare the food. The final reckoning was about 200 dinners served. We want to thank all those who help to make our gatherings in Cherokee a time to remember.
To finish off the year Cherokee folks will burn their Guy Fawlks’s on New Year’s and will again be treated to more fireworks on New Year’s Eve and many will attend “Watch Night” church services to bring in 2015.