LS: Your Town Column December 21, 2008

What do you remember about Christmases past?

I fondly remember trimming the tree with wide-eyed children, making cookies and helping them write the “Dear Santa” letter before scooting off to bed.

One year we were startled awake at 3 on Christmas morning, as a 7 year-old shouted enthusiastically, “Santa was here! He was here! Can we open the presents now!”

I remember when I was still in my teens and had the opportunity to play Sneaky Santa. I crept quietly into a neighborhood across town and placed a wrapped package for a child on a family’s doorstep, rang the doorbell and ran away. I believe I got more out of giving that gift in secret than the child did receiving it.

One year our extended family gathered for Christmas. The merriment of the occasion came to a screeching halt when almost everyone came down with a stomach bug. At least we all suffered together.

The December I moved to California with my two toddlers, we arrived and unpacked our
moving van just in time to decorate a tree on Christmas Eve and reflect on the miraculous events that got us there.

It’s funny how as the years go by, you don’t always remember what you got, but you remember those you spent the time with and the warmth that was shared. The act of giving, the innocence of a child and the miracle of the season — those are unforgettable.

Merry Christmas to all.

• Gather the young and old ’round the radio Christmas Eve and join popular historian Dave Fishell for a live radio program on Community Radio station KAFM, 88.1 FM.
During “A Pioneer Christmas,” Fishell will tell historic holiday stories about homesteaders, cowboys, ranchers and railroaders, and how the first known Christmas to be celebrated in what is now Colorado might have taken place during a spy mission.
The program will run from
5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Dec. 24.
Call 241-8801 for information.
P.S. Welcome back, Dave.

• A new knitting group, for both novice and experienced needlework enthusiasts, will begin meeting at the Mesa County Libraries Central branch, 530 Grand Ave.
Knit by Lit will meet the first Monday of each month from
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Knitters are encouraged to come when they can and take a needlework project.
Call Rachel at 243-4442 for information.

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