Tis the season to be jolly [Editorial]

Harford County's three municipalities - Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace - officially welcome the Christma

With Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday out of the way, the headlong rush to Christmas is under way.

Harford County's three municipalities – Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace – officially welcome the Christmas season this weekend.

Havre de Grace kicks off the three-day celebration Friday evening with its parade, tree-lighting and Santa visit. Aberdeen has its daylong Christmas Street celebration Saturday, which leads to its parade beginning at 3 p.m. Bel Air closes the weekend with its parade, tree-lighting and caroling.

Steppingstone Museum just outside of Havre de Grace welcomes visitors Saturday and Sunday for tours of the historic farmhouse. The National Weather Service, at least at the beginning of the week, is predicting this weekend will be almost perfect – not too warm, and certainly not too cold, for such celebrations. Sunny, with temperatures around 50 for all three days, was Tuesday's forecast. It's Maryland, so we know what that means for weather prognostications.

There are two parts of the weekend forecast that are bound to come true: Santa will be a busy guy, making appearances in all three of the parades. And, when the marching and making merry is all over, we will be less than three weeks away from Santa's real visit to Harford County.

Most of all, this weekend says it's finally OK to embrace Christmas in a way some retailers have wanted us to do since before Halloween.

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