Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. That's what we are hoping for here in Christopher Creek, and Tuesday night it did just that. It has been snowing inside my snow glow since Thanksgiving, but Tuesday night we got a dusting of the white stuff.
It's not enough to get the sled out yet, but we are keeping our fingers crossed. One thing for sure is that it is cold here. Tuesday night's temperature dipped to a low of 19 degrees. Not a creature was stirring here in Christopher Creek. Hopefully, they were all hiding in a warm place.
Can you believe there are only 24 shopping days till Christmas? Now, it's time to count down as my daughter does when it reaches 30 days. I think I am ahead of the season, and I was not one of the early risers on Black Friday. Christopher Creek businesses got into the spirit this year and I am glad they did. The lights look really good at night.
Another way to get into the spirit is to give something. It doesn't have to be anything big, but the Toys for Tots boxes are out in most of the stores and by dropping something into one of these boxes you will be brightening someone's Christmas. I noticed the Dollar Tree has these boxes. What a wonderful Christmas it would be for some children if everyone in Payson bought a dollar gift and put it in the boxes.
And don't forget the angel trees and the Salvation Army. If you can give, please do. It will make you feel wonderful inside.
Did you know that every year some 5,000 wreaths are placed on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery? A very big American "thank you" is due to Merrill Worcester and the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expenses, as well. He has done this since 1992. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to Washington, D.C. with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one of the poorest parts of the state. This is above and beyond the call of duty. So, here is a salute to Merrill and those young kids who have helped over the years.
"Rest easy, sleep well my brothers. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell, the line is held. Peace, peace, and farewell."
Don't forget all the men and women who won't be home for this Christmas. They are fighting for peace. Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers as we are coming into the holidays, and that they may come home safe.
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., the fire department's Christmas Party will be a potluck. They will do a gift exchange game and if you want to play, bring along a wrapped $10 gift, and your favorite dish to share. It's always a fun time.
On Friday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Christmas Party will be a potluck. They will be playing a gift game. Wrap a $5 gift, so it is almost impossible to open. Come along and enjoy Christmas carols and good food and fun, and remember if you cannot cook, just come along there is plenty of food and desserts.
A Children's Christmas Party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16, at the fire hall. Bring along a couple of canned goods. They will be decorating food boxes to distribute, and, of course, Santa will be on hand to give all the good boys and girls a stocking. Cookies and refreshments will be served. Christmas caroling is that same evening at 6 p.m. Meet at the fire hall and be sure and dress warm. Afterward, cookies and hot chocolate will be served.