‘Santa’s helpers’ start to decorate Waterbury Green for Christmas

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WATERBURY Conn. (WTNH) — Waterbury city workers Brandon and Jose are making sure it’s beginning to look like Christmas on the Waterbury Green.

They take pride in their job on the ground and in the air — just call them Santa’s helpers.

Jose told News 8 it took “two and a half months to set up all these lights.”

It’s taken a lot of work to set up the Waterbury Green for some holiday cheer.

“I enjoy doing it,” Brandon said. “It gets you in the mood to enjoy Christmas.”

The city’s Christmas tree on the green was donated as a gift to the city last year by Charlie Longo and the Longo family.

“The tree symbolizes peace,” Charlie said, “The tree symbolizes goodwill.”

Related: Waterbury family donates Christmas tree to city as tribute to long-time love for holiday

They did it to honor their late parents, who loved Christmas Time downtown.

“The beauty of downtown Waterbury, at the time of growing up, there was so much hustle and bustle that the tree and the ornaments as a young kid was just exciting…We can bring that excitement back to the youth in Waterbury and the area.”

Charlie Longo

The city’s old Christmas tree had to be removed a couple of years ago when the Green was remodeled, so Longo and his family saw an opportunity to help the city deck the halls again.

“We just had this feeling that maybe it would be a good idea to give our city, which was so good to us, a little gift back to it,” Longo said.

The tree lighting ceremony has been postponed to Sunday, Dec. 8 due to possible winter weather this weekend.

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