December 17, 2009
Filling those wish lists
Just nine days until Christmas - you’re kidding me.
It must be true.
Santa Claus is scheduled to visit the Burleson household this Thursday evening to get everyone’s wish list – particularly that of 7-year-old Erin.
Close to Nowhere
“He had a good heart...”
• This week was one of the few times I’ve written my column over the weekend. Normally, that’s the last thing I do and I’m usually pushing deadlines as I frantically type away on my keyboard.
My column about Clyde and Santa and the Clydesdale Christmas Store at Holiday Lodge will wait until next week.
• Henderson Milan has written for The South Reporter since he was 12 years old. He supposedly retired in 2005, but he kept sending little snippets and news for several years. If my memory serves correctly, he’d sent news in even during at least part of 2009.
Mr. Milan passed away Monday night. He was 88. And while he and his beloved wife Mary had no children of their own, he left scores of children behind.
The Preacher’s Corner
The receiving end of what Christmas is about
To me, putting up and taking down the Christmas tree marks the beginning and end of the season. I still feel a thrill decorating a tree. Taking it down is another story, and perhaps will be a subject for this column in a few weeks.
I have spoken before of the memory my grandmother used to recite, of how she and her siblings (there were six children, of which she was the eldest) would be ushered reverently into the cold, front parlor after services in church on Christmas Eve to see the brightly illuminated tree, glowing with real candles. All would sing, “O Tannenbaum!” for my grandmother’s family still remembered the lovely Christmas customs of their ancestors in Germany.
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