Jolly, Texas. Population 172.
In Jolly every day is Christmas. This tiny community is the pride of the South – indeed it’s won the Pride of the South Award every year since the competition was launched.
The amazing thing is you really get the Yuletide feeling 365 days a year.
You may have heard of Tinsel Town but truth is, Jolly is wrapped up like a Christmas present. Even the ‘Welcome to Jolly’ sign is covered in ribbons and bows. The local bar always has mistletoe at the ready for puckered lips and town mayor Bud Belson has the cutest white beard this side of the North Pole.
So how did Jolly become jolly?
“I guess the founding fathers of the town were both amused by the name and saw the marketing potential,” says Belson.
In that case, how come the last census had the population at 172?
Sherriff Derek Griffiths thinks he has the answer:
“We didn’t want just anyone cashing in, so a decision was made to create a trailer park outside the city limits for visitors. Sleighbells™ is really popular with its plastic reindeer and fake Christmas trees. We own the park but all the real business is done here in Main Street.”
Main Street is the hub of activity in this town that feels like a Christmassy Disneyland.
“Would you care for some hot cider?” buxom Jo-Beth Belson asks in the Christmas Lunch Diner™. Jolly has special branded ‘Christmas Carol’ cider by local company Dickens. “Every girl like a Dickens cider,” smiles Jo-Beth. Yes, she is the mayor’s daughter. But then again nearly everyone in town is related to Belson and Griffiths, whose wives are sisters.
Reaching Jolly can be a challenge but from nearby Wichita Falls Airport you can order a Santa sled taxi for $39.99.
More details are available at www.tistheseasontobejollyeveryday.com