Thursday, October 28, 2021

Christmas in the Everglades

Tree at City Hall. Submitted

Tree at City Hall. Submitted

by Patricia Huff

‘Tis the season and it’s been frightfully cold outside. For those of us who have suffered through the long hot days of summer, this early winter season is even chillier than we would like. Winter residents have said that it doesn’t feel like the holidays in south Florida when we don’t experience snow; well, now it does!

Someone reminded me the other day of why I love living in Everglades City. I was in our local post office, sending off some early Christmas gifts when I noticed someone waiting patiently in line behind me. I apologized for the time I was taking and he simply replied “I wouldn’t be living in Everglades City if I was in a hurry.” And, that’s exactly how I feel. Sometimes while in the “bigger” cities, I do get impatient waiting in long lines. When I’m home in Everglades City, I take the time to stop and talk to the cashier or the postmaster or the waitress while I’m waiting for service. Maybe it’s because we live in a smaller community and we all know one another; but, for whatever reason, people are friendly here and very festive during this holiday season. It’s also been great doing most of my Christmas shopping in Everglades City and Chokoloskee (for a list of local shopping, visit and click on “Full Issue”).

On Friday, December 17, the Annual City Hall Christmas Party will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at Seafood Depot, hosted by Mayor Sammy and Brenda Hamilton. Distribution of Christmas toys by Santa to the tots will follow at 3 pm and the Lighting of the Christmas tree at 5 pm at City Hall.

At the Museum of the Everglades “Murder and Mayhem, the Life and Times of E. J. Watson” is on exhibit through January. If you missed all the events and re-enactment of the “Killing of Mr. Watson” earlier this year, you now have an opportunity to learn more about this notorious outlaw who was the subject of Peter Matthiessen’s popular books. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Happy Holidays from the Swamp to everyone!

Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.

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