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Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 3:29 p.m. CST

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The days are marching by, and my feet are trying to keep pace with the craziness going on in my mind. This to do; that to do. Lists to make. Errands to run. Gifts to buy. Menus to plan. In the throes of all the chaos, I have to step back and wonder what it would be like if we all just decided to stop marching ... and just take some time to sit down with those we love. Think about it. It’s not a bad concept, and the older I get, the closer I come to kicking the chaos to the curb in lieu of family, friends and love. Do I hear an “Amen?”

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Speaking of lots to do, I hope you were able to take in some of last weekend’s events. Surely, they were able to put you in the Christmas spirit. For the size of Bureau County, I’m always so impressed with the multitude of activities that go on around the county — not just at Christmas but at all times of the year.

If you happen to run into some of the folks who helped to orchestrate those events, I hope you’ll give them a well-deserved pat on the back. As we all know, it takes a ton of time, energy, effort and money to organize many of these activities, and so many give so much for so many. On behalf the Bureau County Republican, thank you for your efforts. Please know we notice your hard work and generosity.

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Thanks to everyone who sent in photos and voted in our contest to choose scenic photos for our upcoming 2014 calendar, which you will receive in your newspaper closer to the end of the year. I have to say I was totally impressed with your photography.

Also, thanks to everyone who sent in a recipe for our upcoming “A Homemade Holiday” recipe keepsake edition. As always, we can count on our readers to help us out with this special section, which you’ll soon receive in your BCR. Just a note: The BCR’s Editorial Department is the official experimental taste kitchen for all recipes, so feel free to drop off anything you need to have tasted.

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Did any of you have the opportunity to see Festival 56’s “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Grace Performing Arts Center on Princeton’s South Main Street? I had the opportunity to be one of the cast members again, and as in years gone by, it was really fun. This radio show was broadcast over WZOE, plus there was a live studio audience. The other perks were complimentary coffee and baked goods from The Flour House Bakery in Princeton and great holiday music performed by the Bureau County Chorus. All in all, it was a fun and festive morning.

I was at the Festival 56 box office the other day, and I could hear rehearsal for another play going on in the theater. Wow! If you get a chance, make sure you take in one of Festival 56’s holiday productions.

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I’ve had lots of questions about the upcoming Illinois Valley Living Magazine — our winter edition. It should be on the streets soon. I know you’re going to love it.

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Thought for the day: “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more!” By Dr. Seuss in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Thought for tomorrow: “Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeer, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.” Ronald Reagan.

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Please add your local food pantry, your area toy drive, your local animal rescue organization to your holiday gift-giving lists. And don’t forget to take your children/grandchildren when you shop for these presents. What a great lesson not only in generosity, but also in our love for one another.

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Have a great week, and remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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