Twas three weeks before Christmas, but no matter.

The spirit of the holidays glowed Friday evening on Town Hall Green as hundreds gathered to celebrate the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree.

Presiding at the lighting of the towering 90-foot-tall Norway spruce — believed to be the tallest live tree illuminated for the holidays in the state — were Santa and Mrs. Claus, arriving not by sleigh but aboard a shining red fire truck. Rudolph would definitely have approved.

Singers from the town’s three middle schools performed songs of the season, while elves from the Town Youth Council abounded to foster the festivities, and treats were served to the crowd by merry ministers from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

It could not be confirmed, but sources reliably reported that as Santa drove out of sight he was overheard to say, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"