GROTON — For many kids, Christmas and their birthday are the two best days of the year.
Scott Parker, 4, got to experience both as he and his family watched Santa and Mrs. Claus ride Saturday on Groton’s Main Street.
“I loved it,” he said through his mother, Emily Parker.
The Clauses traveled through the village with the help of members of the Groton Fire Department in place of the department’s usual Christmas gathering near the village’s pavilion on Main Street, said Mike Neville, an assistant fire chief.
Small crowds gathered just ahead of the cavalcade of fire trucks and Santa on his sleigh.
“This year, we can’t have a gathering and the event is all about the kids and the community,” he said. “Hopefully we see a million and one smiles.”
Scott Parker and his mother were definitely smiling.
“I think it’s fabulous,” Emily Parker said. “I think it’s such a nice thing to do at a time right now when we all need a little something extra.”
Because of COVID, Emily Parker said her family hasn’t done much to get into the holiday spirit beyond decorating their home and Christmas tree.
“This is nice because we can all be outside with our friends and enjoy something together that otherwise we couldn’t do this year,” she said.
Scott Parker’s birthday was also to be celebrated at home with pizza, cake and ice cream with his immediate family, Emily Parker said.
As 2020 comes to a close, Emily Parker said she hoped 2021 would be better.
“I’m hoping that the new year brings new opportunities for everybody so that we can try to get back to normal as soon as possible,” she said. “It’s the hardest on the kids.”