Emergency vehicle sirens have been echoing throughout west Bethesda over the last two evenings.
But it was no emergency - it was Santa Claus.
Each December, Santa makes his way through every street of that part of Bethesda, with the help of the Glen Echo Volunteer Fire Department. Having grown up there, I can tell you that this tradition is much beloved by the community. The excitement of Santa Claus passing by rivaled the Christmas tree purchase for biggest holiday event of the month (unless Santa's other appearances at Montgomery Mall count).
But - understandably - new arrivals may be unaware of St. Nick's annual journey, which takes a while to accomplish.
So it was that one resident took to a local "Mommy Blog" to seek answers:
"We live in the Sumner neighborhood between Mass Ave and Sangamore," wrote "Anonymous" at 7:21 PM last night.
"For the better part of the past half hour there has been the sound of emergency vehicle sirens (police?) going through the neighborhood. Does anyone know what occurred?"
Residents responded to reassure the poster that it was just Santa Claus.