As Opelikans, we should be all be proud that we have a difficult choice to make this evening.

Our high school’s football team will make a historic first-ever appearance in the state championship game – the same night as our beloved annual Christmas in a Railroad Town celebration.

While some have clamored for Opelika Main Street to postpone the event, it’s important to remember that months upon months of planning and setup go into an event like Christmas in a Railroad Town.

No one could have foreseen Opelika’s entry into the playoffs, not to mention the championship game. While we might think it’s easy to just shift it over one night, the logistics of doing so for the dozens of downtown businesses (to say nothing of visiting vendors and events that could only be booked for the already-planned Friday night event) would be impossible.

Out-of-town bus groups have booked hotels and dinner reservations, all with the idea of seeing our little Railroad Town do Christmas up right.

So, if you’re celebrating Christmas downtown or whooping and hollering at Jordan-Hare, all of our thoughts, prayers and best wishes will be with our team as they take on Hoover at 7 p.m.

Wherever we are and whatever we are doing, we all still love and support our team.