If you are looking for a bit of holiday cheer this week, I recommend a stroll through downtown Edgartown. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate, amble from the ferry up Main street and through Cannonball Park, where the lights dance in tall treetops. If you have little ones, keep an eye out for teddy bears in the shop windows and be sure to point out the bright Christmas trees perched high up on their roadside stands. When you loop back down to the ferry, pause to admire the lobster trap tree and then head to the upper deck of Memorial Wharf. Enjoy your hot chocolate while watching the ferry come and go, the lighthouse bright in the distance.

When you cross back over to Chappy and are headed home, be sure to drive by Joe and Claudia’s house by the community center. It is always well decorated for Christmas, and this year is no exception. Garlands, wreaths, bows and lights adorn their home and front yard. Be sure to drive slowly so you can take it all in.

We had very little snow accumulation in the storm last week, most of it melting by morning. My husband ventured down to the main road in order to bring home a bit of the snow deposited there by the passing plow. He unloaded it in the yard (where any sign of the snowfall was already gone) and then, along with help from our daughter, made a little snowman. Juna collected acorn tops (she calls them “egg-corns”) for his eyes, a pebble for his nose, and a great wisp of moss for hair. He only stood a foot high, but he was regal from head to toe.

Someone else made a considerably larger snowman at the corner of Chappaquiddick road by Pimpney Mouse Farm. He waved to passers-by all weekend, but I am afraid last night’s rain may have been the end of him.

The Chappy Community Center would like to remind all of their endowment fund established this summer. It has an annual return of four per cent and is managed by the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard to ensure the CCC’s future financial security. The board has set a target of $1,000,000 over the next five years and has currently secured $50,000. Contact the community center to learn more about donating. They thank all those who have already donated.

A reminder that the ferry will run on the half hour every hour on Christmas morning from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., then continuously from noon on.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas this week and a happy start to the new year.