By TAYLOR WILNOTY
Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays as much as I did! I have been very busy between my duties as Miss Cherokee and spending time with my family for the holidays. It has been such an amazing month once again representing the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
My first event of December was the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade where myself and the other royalty got to ride on a beautiful float covered in Christmas lights! I cannot begin to explain how amazing that night was; the atmosphere in Gatlinburg was unbelievable! I felt so welcomed by everyone I saw, and waved at. I am beyond blessed, and overwhelmed with joy as to what I had experienced. I want to thank all of my royalty board, and anyone else who helped with the float. It was beautiful! I also want to thank my loving parents for all of your hard work on the float. Again, I had such an amazing time and would like to thank the city of Gatlinburg for their amazing hospitality!
My next parade was just the day after Gatlinburg, and that was our very own Cherokee Christmas Parade! Although it was very cold, I still had a lot of fun! The next parade I was in was the Waynesville Christmas parade; it was pretty huge and also televised! I had so much fun at all of these parades, and was honored to represent the EBCI for the holidays! I was unable to attend the Robbinsville Christmas parade, but I send my holiday wishes and congratulations to the Robbinsville Black Knights on their victory at state!
My last event was the Tsali Care Christmas party, where to my excitement I got to see Santa Claus! My family and I prepared Christmas gift bags for all of the residents and got to spend some time with them all and wish them a Merry Christmas! It is always such an amazing feeling when I go to visit with the residents of Tsali Care, but to spend it with them during the holidays was unexplainable. I would like to thank all of my royalty board members who helped to donate items to put into the bags. I would also like to thank my mom, dad, and Dawson for going with me to the Christmas Party and helping handout bags. It was an amazing feeling to have all of my family there with me.
It was another amazing month as Miss Cherokee, and I can’t wait for next month, and the New Year! Thank you to everyone that made all of these events happen, and for all those who invited me to them. If you would like for me to attend an event please contact Elnora Thompson with your request!
Sgi, Thank you!