Village hosts annual Light Up Luther celebration

LUTHER — On Dec. 5, the village of Luther hosted its annual Light Up Luther celebrations. Residents came together to celebrate the holiday season and show off the community's Christmas lights.

The highlight of the celebration was the lighting of the village Christmas tree, which stands next to Purchase Pavilion on Main Street. Sheri Riker helped organize the lighting and gave a speech to the gathered Luther residents.

"This is a special day because it shows how even if you don't think so, Luther loves you," Sheri Riker said as she prepared to light the village Christmas tree. "Luther is a very special place and we have such a strong community. It's a community which always has your back. That feeling has been here since the beginning and it will be here until the end."

Additionally, paper luminaries lined the streets of the small town . Several Luther businesses did their part by putting up their own Christmas lights and offered some special holidays deals and meals for the celebration.

Much of the event took place at the Luther Library, which hosted their open house to coincide with Light Up Luther. The library offered a variety of attractions, particularly for area children.

"We've got gingerbread house building, cookie decorating, each child is receiving a free book from MSU Extension and we have lots of snacks and goodies," said Library Director Gail Ganger. "Board members Rich and Ginny Brazaski set up our very pretty train set and Santa is here with his elves."

This was the eleventh library open house. The staff has offered one each December since the current building was opened. In addition to the other attractions, the library had several contests which gave away gift cards as prizes. Kids could search for the paper and painted snowflakes around the building, count the trees in the train set or guess how many pieces of candy were inside a large jar. The library staff said they enjoy combining the open house with Light Up Luther.

"We love doing the open house around Christmas because we can bring Santa right into Luther and we can get a lot of foot traffic by having it on the same day as Light Up Luther," said Ganger. "We appreciate everything the community does for us all throughout the year. We hope everyone can drop by and enjoy the library."

Following the tree lighting, several Luther residents took to the streets of the village to sing Christmas carols and spread the Christmas spirit to their neighbors.

"It was very nice," said caroler Nicki Emmert. "It was warmer this year which made it more fun and the kids did very well. We even got invited into a few homes which is one of the great parts about living in a small town where you know your neighbors."

The day came to a close at the Luther Fire House where a soup supper was waiting for the chilly carolers. Many residents broke out their favorite recipes to share with one-another in order to warm up the cold December night.

"We got a good turnout," remarked organizer Melanie Davis. "It's the second year we've put on the supper and we do it because it's a way to give back to the community while coming together as a community."