The holiday season came alive at Jay street MetroTech on Monday, November 30th when brooklynites celebrated the 26th annual tree lighting. The night featured performances by the GRAMMY awardwinning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, stunts by the Big Apple Circus, dance routines by Dancewave, and last but not least, Santa Claus and his live reindeer. The event was free and open to the public for enjoyment. Myself being a basketball fan, Brooklyn Nets players Thaddeus Young and Chris McCollough were also in attendance.
I work around the area and passing by, I had to stop and really notice how beautiful it was to be with all kinds of races, and genders. Although it took 2 hours to celebrate the tree lighting, which affected my tardiness for work, it was well worth it. While I was standing there with my phone taking pictures, I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on a couple that had a young child I was standing next to. They basically were talking about how every year, the ceremony gets better and better. I couldn’t help but ask them how long they’ve been attending the MetroTech tree lighting. “10 wonderful years and it gets better every year”. The young couple said they found the tree by accident.
One day, they wanted to see each other and when that happened, they had no plans. So they were walking around downtown Brooklyn killing time and enjoying each other’s company. One thing led to another and they ended up at the MetroTech tree lighting. Aside from that, I think this event was wonderful for the Brooklyn residents because it eliminated real issues that were going on at that moment such as the threat of Isis with the holliday season approaching. The tree lighting allowed people to come together and enjoy each other’s company with no drama and tension between one another. In short, I definitely look forward to next years tree lighting to see what guest appearances will be present, the live performances , and who knows, maybe a bigger tree filled with colorful lights and ornaments.