, Port Arthur, Texas

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December 14, 2010

Lighting up Nederland

PORT ARTHUR — NEDERLAND - Rudolph isn’t the only one lighting up Christmas in Nederland.

It seems half the town is making spirits bright, with an extra charge from light up necklaces at Sew-N-Sews in Nederland.

“We sold out last year. Tons of people bought them for the Christmas parade, “ said Cindy Drawhorn, owner of the shop. “The kids love them.”

Battery-operated necklaces come in two designs: tiny old-fashioned lights and snowflakes.

Drill teams and other groups marching in the parade want to glow or blink in unision. They just push the button for the desired setting and Nederland gets a shine on.

Polly Wright, embroidery technician, said the lights can dress up Santa hats or even stockings.

“This is a great season for us, because people like things personalized for Christmas,” she said, holding up a green stocking for a certain good boy.

The seamstresses say they have personalized Snuggie blankets and even thongs, with Mrs. (fill in the blank) printed on the rear.

“Thongs are really going hot right now,” Drawhorn said.

When gift giving, it’s sometimes the thong that counts.

But remember, the Nederland parade is a family affair:

The Nederland Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Lighted Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14.

The Parade starts on 21st Street at Nederland Avenue, proceeds up  Nederland Avenue to Twin City Highway, Twin City Highway to Boston Avenue, up Boston Avenue and will disband at Bulldog Stadium. Prizes will be awarded in each category:  Commercial, Non-Commercial, and Decorated Auto.

Parade applications are available at the Nederland Chamber office at 1515 Boston Ave.  In addition, applications are available by email, website, fax, or mail. Entry Deadline is Wednesday, Dec.  8, or first 100 entries. Standard parade entry is $15 plus a large bag of candy (for Santa)

Santa will be in the parade. For more information, call 722-0279.

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