There I was thinking about the Christmas letter that still needed written, the cards that needed addressed and sent, the ornaments that needed made for this party, the cookies for that one, a birthday coming up right in the midst of Christmas, shopping that I haven’t even started, and a million other things on my to do list — you get the picture. That’s when my friend called and asked if I was going to visit the Nativity display in Pine. Yes, it was on my calendar and I certainly did want to go, but it was quickly getting shoved aside. We set a date and she and her grandsons joined my daughters and me at the Cultural Hall in Pine. It was the perfect remedy for the ongoing holiday madness taking place all around me! As I began focusing on the different Nativity sets from Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Germany, Alaska, and all points in between, I forgot about my to do list and completely relaxed for the first time in days. We spent over an hour at the exhibit and then talked for another hour while the kids played. For a little while I was able to focus on the things that are really important. I want to thank Linda Howard and her dedicated crew of helpers who work so hard each year to bring this unique display to Pine.
Did you catch “The Spirit of Christmas” performance this year? I know I say it every time, but honestly, this was the best year yet! Again, I appreciate these types of programs that help us remember just how much God loves us and how blessed we are when we take time to remember that! Hope you were able to attend both of these events, but if not, perhaps just taking a moment to reflect on this most wonderful time of the year and the greatest gift of all may be just the thing to bring a little magic into your Christmas!
The big news this week, of course, was the incredible storm that hit on Monday. Pine residents were without power for about 23 hours! Talk about doing our part to limit greenhouse gas emissions. I think the whole town should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize! Thank goodness for the wood stove, not only did it provide heat, but a means of cooking.
The wind Monday night was unbelievable — some of the gusts were terrifying and that thunder — not only was it the loudest I’ve ever heard, but it seemed almost continuous at times.
It’s Wednesday morning and they still haven’t plowed the road going up to our house. Yesterday there were two cars stuck halfway up, and although I made it down, I ended up parking at a neighbor’s house rather than try to risk the icy mess last night. I imagine we’ll be cleaning up from this one for a while.
On a positive note, we got plenty of much-needed moisture. The hill on the private road next to our house was perfect for sledding. It was the fastest course we’ve experienced to date, and of course, the kids were thrilled. I have to admit, I took a few runs myself when I got tired of shoveling the drive and roadway leading to the main street.
So although the storm may have brought some inconveniences, there was still a silver lining!
The Pine-Strawberry Elementary School’s annual Christmas Tree Auction was a rousing success. The top tree netted $200 this year. All the kids did a great job of decorating their trees, plus they had all kinds of items for sale like poinsettias, homemade cards and goodies. The bidding was lively and everyone seemed to be having a great time.
Speaking of the kids at the Pine-Strawberry School, they recently collected more than 800 cans of food to help benefit the local food bank.
Mrs. Walker’s first/second-grade class won the primary competition with over 189 cans. Mr. Jacobson’s seventh-grade class won the junior high competition with 100 cans. The intermediate category and overall winner was won by Mrs. Bullard’s fifth-grade class, netting 227 cans. Mama Joe’s in Strawberry, The Pine Deli and Uncle Tom’s donated pizzas so that all of the winners could enjoy a party to celebrate.
Lastly, the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School Christmas Program will take place at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the school gym. The entire community is invited to this free holiday event.
The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is holding its Sterling Silver Jewelry Sale tomorrow, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Dec. 12 in the library. There will be a nice variety of sterling silver jewelry pieces including Native American inlay jewelry at very reasonable prices. All proceeds will benefit library programs.
Holiday Card Making Party
Also taking place tomorrow, Dec. 12, is the Holiday Card Making Party at Pine by Design.
All children between the ages of 4 and 12 are welcome to come enjoy an afternoon of card making with local artist Amie Claire Doggett and a free lunch between 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Reservations are required, so be sure to call 476-3880 tonight if you haven’t already.
It’s not too late to make a monetary donation or bring a toy to either the Pine or Strawberry fire stations. The Pine-Strawberry Food Bank, will distribute the items to many local children so that they can be blessed at Christmas this year. If you have any questions about the program or the needs that they have, you may call Sue Montgomery at 476-4647.
Don’t forget to pick up your application to enter your house in the Christmas Lighting Contest sponsored by Strawberry’s Elite Club. The applications are available at the post office on the community bulletin board. Judging will take place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 15.
Only a couple of weeks until Christmas! I sincerely hope that you and your family are enjoying your preparations and maintaining your sense of peace and joy!