Annual Christmas in the Place of Nettles celebration canceled in Oriskany

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ORISKANY — Due to COVID-19 restrictions and growing concerns, the 16th annual Christmas in the Place of Nettles has been canceled this holiday season.

Members of the Nettles Committee said it has met and discussed the safety options of continuing the event, but decided that the risks of a large, public gathering were too high.

While the “coming together” and “sharing” is a natural way of celebrating the traditions of the holiday season, those same sentiments have become a public health threat during the pandemic, members said.

While Christmas in the Place of Nettles is canceled for 2020, committee members said they hope to encourage neighbors to spread holiday cheer during the pandemic by:

• Lighting up the village with holiday lights and decorations, helping to lift the spirits of those who drive through.

• Leaving special packages for a neighbor or family in need of food or encouragement.

• Donating to a local food bank to help ensure others are fed during the holidays.

• Supporting local establishments by ordering dinner out or purchasing gift certificates.

• Being kind, patient and understanding of others.

• Scrolling through the photos from past Christmas in the Place of Nettles events available on the event’s Facebook social media page.

“We are disappointed, but reassured that our decision is the right one for the health and safety of our community,” the Nettles Committee said in a statement. “Wishing you all a healthy Thanksgiving and a Christmas season filled with hope as we look forward to welcoming a new year.”

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