There certainly isn’t anyone murmuring “bah humbug” around Jefferson Township these days. And there probably won’t be, any time soon – if ever. Not after this past weekend of events – Christmas in the Village – ushered in the joyful season.

Sponsored by the Jefferson Arts Committee, the entire weekend featured Christmas themed activities, beginning with a tree lighting at the township gazebo. And much to the delight of the township’s ‘believers,’ Santa himself arrived to join in the festivities.

And, of course, there was plenty of singing, music and other entertainment throughout the weekend including by the Jefferson Township Middle School Chorus, the Jefferson Township High School Madrigal Singers and Select Choir, as well as choirs, choruses, bands and orchestras representing schools and churches throughout the township.

Hundreds of residents got to do some Christmas shopping at the Village Marketplace (aka township Fire Company No.1) on Saturday, where 18 home business vendors and crafters displayed their wares.

One of the highlights of the weekend included tours of the George Chamberlain House – known as the Jefferson Township Museum – on Dover-Milton Road. Maintained by the Jefferson Township Historical Society, the museum is listed in both the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.

The building and grounds were artfully decorated with a “Nutcracker” theme by the museum’s Garden Club. Music from the beloved Christmas ballet, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” was played throughout the day, both Saturday and Sunday as countless visitors strolled through the building and wandered around the grounds.

No doubt, after this festive weekend, ‘visions of sugar plums’ abound throughout the township, while Ebenezer Scrooge is nowhere in sight!

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Maria Weiskott is a Jefferson Township resident and a forty year veteran of the publishing profession. An award-winning journalist and editor, she served in top managerial positions at numerous business-to- business newspapers and magazines including Reed Elsevier and Fairchild Publications. Early in her career she operated a local newspaper in the Passaic Valley towns of Little Falls, Totowa and the former West Paterson. Following retirement, she launched a “ghostblogging” service that provides social networking update and blogging services for small and medium sized businesses. Maria travels widely with her husband and is a passionate photographer. She can be reached at