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Marty Ligon from Mother Christmas to Grandmother Christmas

For the past 29 years, Marty Ligon has been Mother Christmas during the Dickens of a Christmas festival. At 75, she now says she is Grandmother Christmas.
 
Nancy Williams, Marty Ligon as Grandmother Christmas, Holly and Andrew Hines several year ago at Dickens of a Christmas. Submitted
“I am too old to be Mother Christmas,” she said laughing.
 
According to Ligon, from the time she was a girl the importance of being a giving member of the community and a good citizen was drummed into her head.
 
Being Mother Christmas turned out to be fun, she said. 
 
“I have done Dickens in the sunshine, rain, sleet and snow. Although now, I can only do it for one day.”
 
She says she loves volunteering, but it’s the perks that keep her coming back.
 
“I get to interact with children and give out candy,” she said. “I love it when I see them all bright-eyed and ready to receive me. Now, I have people [friends] who ask if they can walk with me. By being in a group, people love to take pictures with us.”
 
She wears the same costume she has been wearing since Jeanette from Queen Ann’s Lace on Main Street made it 27 years ago.
 
“I’ve worn it 27 years and it’s still in great shape. I do have to use six safety pins to get it around my waist now,” she said.
 
Ligon has lived in towns all over Tennessee, and is continually surprised at the number of people from places like Memphis and Chattanooga who recognize her.
 
“It’s because I’m old and I’ve lived long enough to know a lot of people,” she giggled. 

Posted on: 12/13/2013

 
 

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