DANBURY, Conn. – For over 35 years, Stew Leonard's in Danbury has done more than just sell the groceries needed for holiday celebrations. The employees have jumped into the Christmas season by holding a traditional tree lighting in the parking lot.
And in typical Stew Leonard's style, the celebration is super-sized at the Federal location at the Brookfield border.
“I think it is exciting to have our own tree, and it’s a really nice tradition,” said Marie Minck, assistant front end manager of the store.
A huge crowd turned out for cookies and hot cocoa, and to enjoy entertainment by the Brookfield High School dance team members, who high-stepped their way across the pavement to Mariah Carey’s seasonal hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
In addition, Brookfield High School’s marching band played a set of Christmas songs while the crowd sang along to the well-known carols. Children from Huckleberry Elementary School in Brookfield also raised their voices in song as their music teacher led them while playing a keyboard.
Stew Leonard’s beloved characters, Glover the Cow and Stewie the Duck, along with Rudolph were wondering around to take photos with the kids — and sometimes even the adults. In addition to the characters, store owner and namesake Stew Leonard Jr. and his wife were on hand to help kick off the holiday season.
“We have been doing this tree lighting since 1980,” said Leonard.
Also joining in the festivities was John Talento, the store's front end manager. “This is what we need for the holiday spirit, and it nice to see the families come together,” said Talento.
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