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  • Writer's pictureJaime Wuillermin

It’s the holiday season

Wuillermin Christmas Tree

Winter is a season of cold crisp air, warm oversized sweaters, hot chocolate and Christmas music all day. While I often secretly day dream of warm, sunny summer days with my feet in the sand, I have to admit there is something about the winter season that just makes everything a little more engaging. In Hammonton, it’s very clear that we all enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays. Beautiful sparkling lights can be seen on homes and businesses. Christmas carols are being played on the speakers throughout downtown and in our local stores.

In our home, the smell of fresh baked cookies and cakes fill the air. A fire glowing from the fireplace in the living room and all of us gathered around watching football. Most weekends, my boys put on their bright orange hunting gear and head out to the woods in search of deer to harvest while I make a homemade meal for their return. Yes, winter in Hammonton can bring out the best in family traditions.

I am sure that we all have traditions that make this time of year special. I am grateful for all the activities and events our town has to offer. The downtown Tree Lighting was spectacular and all kids look to Santa in wonder as he steps off the big red fire truck decorated with flashing Christmas lights and blaring sirens to make his way through the crowd. We always look forward to the Christmas and winter festivals and, of course, the train ride at DiDonato’s where everyone can escape to a winter wonderland. The Christmas Parade is only days away and I can’t wait to sit alongside my neighbors and friends to watch in excitement as all the decorated floats and firetrucks light up Bellevue Avenue. Don’t forget all of the amazing special nights that our local churches have planned with nativity scenes and chorus performances spreading the true meaning of Christmas.

Growing up, our family gathered at my grandmother’s house for almost every holiday. I was always amazed at how holidays felt so much better with family around. We were lucky then to have my MomMom cook for almost 30 family members and we could all get together and catch up on what our lives have become and any big news we had to share. Now each year, we gather with my husband’s family and share Christmas Eve dinner traditions and games. I can only hope that some day, my four children will bring their families home to my house and I will cook for them all and watch them enjoy the same tradition and comfort of family and food during the holidays.

Winter is a season for traditions, regardless of faith, background and individual circumstances. Whether you enjoy the comfort of friends and community gathering at town events or maybe just the comfort of your own home with dear friends and family, there are wonderful winter memories to carry with you throughout the year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Jaime Wuillermin is the copy editor and office manager for The Hammonton Gazette. She can be reached at


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