Downtown still celebrating Christmas

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It’s almost time to pull out the valentines, but some of downtown Augusta is still celebrating Christmas.

Augusta-Richmond County employees Chris Kitchens, left, loads a trailer with a Christmas decoration as Woody Hudson looks on, Friday, January 7, 2011, in Augusta, Ga.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Augusta-Richmond County employees Chris Kitchens, left, loads a trailer with a Christmas decoration as Woody Hudson looks on, Friday, January 7, 2011, in Augusta, Ga.

Christmas lights and garlands decorated much of Reynolds Street and the Augusta Common  up until  Thursday afternoon, and according to

Rick Acree, the city’s facilities manager,  the Downtown Development Authority is responsible.

“We’ve had a lot of bad weather, some holidays and an employee was sick earlier this week,” said Margaret Woodard, the authority’s executive director .

Acree said employees had taken down the city’s decorations sometime shortly after Jan. 1.

Local etiquette author Carson Elliot said that according to most standards, holiday decorations should be taken down  on New Year’s Day.

“Most people around here take it down at the first of the year, but occasionally they wait until Twelfth Night,” Elliot said.

Twelfth Night, or Epiphany, is a holiday celebration held 12 days after Christmas Day, which is Jan. 6.

City employees in Savannah, Athens and Macon all confirmed that their cities’ holiday decorations had been removed in the first week of January.

“We’ve had ours down for a long while,” said Denise Mercer, Macon’s customer service coordinator .


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