First lady Melania Trump made a brilliant choice for this year's Christmas theme at the White House. At a time when this country is locked in the throws of an ugly impeachment crusade and half the country is furious with the other half, Mrs. Trump chose "The Spirit of America" as the official White House theme.

There will be ornaments from every state and territory. Mrs. Trump's choice is a tribute to the traditions and customs of America over the centuries. And it is a subtle reminder of all that unites us, rather than what divides us.

Here at home, today's Bryan-College Station Christmas Parade also carries a nostalgic theme, one full of the yearning to be with loved ones at Christmas. This year's parade carries the them of "Home for the Holidays."

For the past 93 years, the Christmas Parade has been one of the most cherished holiday traditions.

The Bryan-College Station Christmas Parade steps off at 3 p.m. today at Polo Road on the Texas A&M campus. The parade will move east on University Drive, turning north on Texas Avenue before reaching its conclusion at the Tejas Center in Bryan.

Unlike some years, the weather for today's parade will be just about perfect, with a temperature of about 70 degrees and no rain in sight. That is good news for the thousands of people who rush to grab their favorite location to view the parade. Many of them have claimed their same location for years.

As always, leading the parade will be the Fightin's Texas Aggie Band and the Ross Volunteers. And, also as always, the parade will end with the official arrival of Santa Claus. In between there will be other bands and music groups, lots of children representing numerous organizations, floats, elves handing out candy, and so much more.

The parade is only one of a number of special events today. The ninth annual BCS Marathon and Half Marathon kicks off at 7 a.m. near Post Oak Mall, continues almost to Villa Maria Road in Bryan, though the Texas A&M campus before ending up near the starting point. The race serves as one of the qualifiers for the Boston Marathon.

At 2:15 p.m., the 30th Annual Jingle Bell Fun Run will begin at University Drive and South College Avenue. The two-mile run will finish at Texas Avenue and Elm Street in Bryan.

The races and the parade will shut down numerous streets for the duration of each event, so make plans to take alternate routes to get where you are going today.

And make plans to attend the 93rd Annual Bryan-College Station Christmas Parade today at 3 p.m. You'll be glad you did.

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