I was just thinking the other day about this edition of Just Thinking and the fact that it will arrive at your home on Christmas Eve.
It seems to me that Christmas Eve is always the most likely day in the Christmas season to be very sacred and holy.
Many communities will celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with parades, tree lighting ceremonies, parties with music and goodies.
If they have something on Christmas Eve, it is likely that it will be quiet and reverent with suitable words spoken and appropriate music. The most beautiful Christmas Eve services will be found in churches. Dramas, readings and scripture designed to uplift the name of our Savior.
I was responsible for planning many of those services when I was a full-time minister, and we always scheduled the beginning of the celebration early enough to be able to do an adequate job and permit families to go home and have a meal, open gifts etc.
On many occasions, we closed the service in this manner. We provided everyone in attendance with a candle. After candles had been lighted, we sang together all the stanzas of “Silent Night.”
When we came to the final stanza we gradually took the lights down and finished with candlelight only. As we sang the words, “Wondrous star lend thy light,” everyone lifted their candle. We then exited the Sanctuary in total silence and with just enough light to be safe.
As a kid growing up in the south end of Louisville, in the shadow of Churchill Downs, my family celebrated Christmas in a most joyous way. We were poor, although we didn’t realize it. We were like all our friends and neighbors.
Gifts were small but given with a great deal of love. The main celebration for us was a small, beautifully decorated tree, a family gathering in front of the tree on Christmas Eve and a wonderful Christmas meal on Christmas Day.
I honestly wonder if anyone ever enjoyed Christmas as much as my dad. We would sit on the floor in front of the tree and Dad would carefully explain the reason for Christmas. He wouldn’t permit anything to interfere with that.
Then we opened gifts, one at a time, being careful to say thanks to the giver. When that was over, Mom would go to the piano and we would spend a lot of time singing the sacred carols of the season.
Thank you, God, for sending Jesus to make our lives whole.
Calories: Tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night.
What are nurses paid to do?
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I have enough money to last me the rest of my life if I don’t have to buy anything.
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There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
A whole lot going on
Downtown Richmond Farmers Market opening
The new Downtown Richmond Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.
This market will set up in downtown Richmond on North First Street between Main and Irvine streets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more details, go to www.downtownrichmndfarmersmarket.com. There you will find an events calendar and how to sign up for workshops that will be conducted at the market.
A Visit with a bell-The Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea
I have wanted for some time to visit and interview people and food establishments here in Madison County and surrounding areas that you may have not gotten a chance to visit. \
I chose the Dinner Bell in Berea for my column this week.
Extension celebrates 100 years of nutrition education
For the past 100 years, families in Kentucky have looked to the Cooperative Extension Service to learn better ways to be healthy.
Next Break it Down workshop to focus on dismantling goat
The Berea Farmers Market has moved inside for the winter!
Find your favorite vendors in the pavilion of the Berea College Goldthwait Agriculture Building, 230 N. Main St., 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays.
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