For so many, the Christmas holiday season begins not long after the dishes are cleaned from the Thanksgiving feast. In fact, for some, the season starts sometime that night as the rush to maximize savings begins with its annual Black Friday ritual.
For those of us at the Elburn Herald, the season starts a little bit later, when we turn our office into a life-sized Kandyland game, loosely based on the children’s Candyland board game.
The transformation begins during the week of the annual Elburn Christmas Stroll. This year, it’s set for Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout the village.
Anyone who has stopped in our office this week has seen the supplies begin to build, the materials spreading out, and some—who are unfamiliar with our tradition—likely wondered, “Just what is going on over there?”
Each year since 1997 (not including the one year in which everyone was snowed in their homes and we were unable to finish the transformation), Design Director Leslie Flint has spearheaded an effort to create a magical experience for the hundreds of children who go through our little storefront at 123 N. Main St. in the center of downtown Elburn.
Whether it’s the peppermint forest, the pathway past the various Christmas trees, monster Hershey Kisses and candy bars or any of the other numerous life-sized items, we know the season has officially started when we see the children’s eyes light up as they make their way along the colored pathway.
There are plenty of other activities throughout town during the Stroll, and while all the stops in town are worth your time, we look forward to playing a game of Kandyland with you—it is designed for children of all ages, after all.