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Misawa Christmas tree lighting sparks holiday spirit

Let there be light

Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony attendees observe a tree adorned with ornaments and lights at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 28, 2018. The annual event included life-size holiday cards, a 25-foot Christmas tree adorned with lights, live musical performances and hot chocolate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Ave Maria

Satomi Yamagami, the Misawa Boys and Girls Choir director, sings during the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 28, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Merry toothmas

The 35th Dental Squadron Holiday Christmas card is displayed during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 28, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Let it snow

Children from the Misawa Boys and Girls Choir perform during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 28, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Tis’ the season

Children from Sollars Elementary School choir perform during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 28, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Engineers for the win

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Dammeier, left, the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, and Col. Kristopher Struve, right, the 35th Fighter Wing commander, hold the Holiday Greeting Card champion trophy during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 28, 2018. Life-size holiday greeting cards from each squadron were displayed and judged based on originality, uniqueness and creativity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

Team Misawa members united for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 28.


The ceremony sparked the holiday spirit with hot chocolate, Christmas carols from the Sollars Elementary School Choir and the Misawa City Boys and Girls Choir, Christmas lights and personalized holiday greeting cards from each squadron.

“This event serves as a reminder of the importance of feeling wanted in Misawa and shows that the base cares about our needs,” said Ciera Jones, a child supervisor technician with the 35th FSS Child Development Center.


Not only did this event aid in community cohesion, it offered activities for friends, families and civilians to experience Christmas cheer.

“I really enjoy the unique feeling that you get this time of year,” added Jones.

The Christmas tree lit up after a collaborative countdown, dazzling more than 100 attendees.

“The holiday season is one of many faith traditions and personal beliefs,” said Col. Kristopher K. Struve, the 35th Fighter Wing commander. "Many of us practice these faiths in different ways, but despite our individual faith practices, there is a common theme amongst many of our traditions: fellowship and reaching out to others. However you choose to celebrate, this is the time to come together and share in the spirit of community."

From hot chocolate to heartfelt community, Team Misawa continues to bring the holiday magic home to service members.