It’s difficult to believe Christmas is tomorrow? Why weren’t we just eating our Thanksgiving dinner the other day? Where did the time go? Funny ... the older I get the more I ask that question — where did the time go?
By now I’m sure the stockings have been hung, and the sugarplums are dancing in all the little ones’ heads. As far as settling down for a long winter’s nap? No such luck for me!
I love the innocence of children, especially at Christmas time. My heart has to smile when I see their anticipation, their excitement, their squeals of delight. I wish all children had those opportunities. Don’t you?
The last two weeks of the year are usually slow, when it comes to the newspaper covering meetings, municipal/school boards, etc., however, that doesn’t mean we are sitting around twiddling our thumbs. Actually, we are busier than ever, as we produce our four newspapers (BCR, Putnam County Record, Tonica News and the Bureau County Journal) in a shortened amount of time with earlier deadlines.
That being said, the BCR will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, so that our staff may celebrate these holidays with their families and friends.
As I think back on this Christmas season, I have wonderful things on which to reflect.
• As always, I’ve seen the benevolence of Bureau County residents shine through, as they’ve dug down deep into their pockets and given to those who are less fortunate. From the food pantries, the toy drives, the animal rescue organizations and more, it’s been heartwarming to watch you give to those who have a need in their lives. That’s the Bureau County I know and love. My hat is off to you.
• I had the distinct opportunity to see the Bureau County Chorus twice this holiday season. Just as important, I had the chance to watch their director, Joy Schertz, create a masterpiece of music with the voices who participate in this activity. If you love to sing, I would strongly urge you to join this group. Having the opportunity to sing with Joy ... well, it truly has to be a “joy-ful” experience.
• I think I already told you about it, but this year my mom gave my cousin, Deb, and I our first pie crust making lesson. It was really fun, and more importantly, it was a memory made. If there’s someone special in your family who has a traditional recipe, why not ask them to give you a lesson? You’ll be glad you did.
• Oh, there are plenty of other events that have touched my heart and stirred my spirit ... Festival 56 productions, Princeton’s Community Band, youth Christmas programs, live nativity scenes, cookie bakes, the Bellringers, visits with Santa ... I could go on and on.
Bottom line, though, is Bureau County has been filled with the Christmas spirit, and as always, I’m very lucky to be a part of those festivities. I hope you’ve enjoyed them too. A lot of people give a lot of time and energy and money to make these events happen. Please show your appreciation for their efforts.
New Year’s Day is just around the corner. Have you made your annual resolutions yet?
Thought for today: “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge.
Thought for Christmas Day: “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” Roy L. Smith.
Thought for the day after Christmas: “Take a nap.” Terri Simon.
On behalf of the BCR and myself, we wish you a wonderful Christmas filled with all the people and things you hold most dear. May you remember to give lots of hugs, and may there be no shortage of the words, “I love you.” And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.