The theme for the beloved City of Humble 2019 Christmas ornament has been selected and it is – the 313 Main Street building. “Each year we identify a person, place or structure that is unique and has historical relevance to Humble,” said Gwen Key Willis, chair of the Humble Beautification Committee, which selects the theme.
The 2019 City of Humble Christmas ornament will be available at Humble City Hall after the 28th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights. The cost is $20.
This year’s parade theme is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” More than 100 business, community and school floats, motor vehicles and community walking groups will parade down Historic Downtown Humble’s Main Street beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
At least 7,000 folks and their kids are expected to line the streets to watch Santa Claus enter Humble to begin the holiday season. Information about the parade is available on the “Christmas Parade of Lights” page on Facebook.
The 2019 ornament joins a prestigious list of Humble’s famous and notable.
The first ornament, a collector’s item issued in 1993, was a blue mat with white print featuring the late Dr. Haden E. McKay, local physician and Humble mayor for 24 years. The McKay ornament is out of print.
The list of ornaments includes the Jewel Theater, Pangburn Building, Bender High School, the Artesian Well, the Water Tower and Pleasant S. Humble, the original founder/settler who gave the city its name.
Previous ornaments are available for sale.
“If we have them, you can purchase them,” said Willis, “Your best bet is to see us after the parade or come down to City Hall.”
Proceeds from the sales of the ornaments fund the beautification committee’s many projects.
“One of our key projects is upkeep of the Humble Cemetery on South Houston,” said Willis. “On holidays we dress it up, adding wreaths and flags. We also added a wrought-iron fence.”
The committee sponsors the annual Spring Clean-up, to be held April 28 of this coming year. Volunteers scour Humble’s streets and residents dispose of debris, electronics and the like.
The committee, along with Humble’s City Council, this year also placed commemorative plaques on three of the city’s historic buildings that reached the century mark – the old A&P Grocery store at 323 Main that now houses the Abundant Health and Wellness Center, the Humble State Bank which was rebuilt in 1912, and the Pangburn Building which houses the Humble City Cafe.
The Humble Beautification Committee includes Willis, Sharon Mittag, Arliss Bentley, Diane Pierce, Margaret Jo Byron, Kim Huff, Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey, Chris Green, Margie Parker and Fidel Martinez.