The Richmond Register

January 1, 2013

Goodbye to 2012; Christmas parade was best yet


By Dick Ham

RICHMOND — I was just thinking the other day about the fact that when you receive this edition of the Richmond Register, we will be in 2013. The beginning of a new year and the end of the old one is here.

The end of 2012 was especially joyful for me, except for the terrible event in Newtown, Conn.. That broke the hearts of all of us. Other than that negative, the month of December was a wonderful one.

During my 29 years in Richmond, I’ve seen nearly every Christmas parade. In my opinion, the 2012 parade was the best one of all. It began with the fantastic Madison Central Band and ended with Santa riding on a Richmond fire truck.

It seemed to me there were more floats than usual, and they were well designed and constructed. In spite of some light rain, it was a fine evening. Richmond Tourism is to be congratulated for planning and putting it together.

Another joy of December for me was beautiful music.

The televised “Once Upon a Christmas” from the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, was breathtakingly beautiful. With the Tabernacle Choir of more than 300 voices, an orchestra of more than 100 pieces, some smaller choral groups,  handbell ringers, beautiful dancers and the tremendous Tabernacle organ made for a glorious presentation. The British actress, Jane Seymour did an outstanding job as narrator and one of the finest Baritones I’ve ever heard, Nathan Gunn was like “icing on the cake.”

The Mormons continue to maintain their musical integrity. They do good music that is always appropriate, and they do it extremely well. I enjoyed that so much, I watched it early in December and again on Christmas Eve.

There were two other televised programs on Christmas Eve that were wonderful. One was from Anderson University and the other from St. Olaf College.

Nancie and I had the best Christmas in many years. Our daughter Terry, after teaching for 19 years in American Schools overseas is now: “International Student Recruit-ment and Retention Specialist” at Purdue University.

I can’t imagine anyone more qualified for a position such as that. Terry has taught in seven countries on five continents.

Our daughters have always been close, and after being separated for 20 years, younger sister Wendy decided she wanted to live with Terry. They have moved to W. Lafayette, Ind.

Nancie and I drove to their home on Sunday afternoon Dec. 23. We spent Christmas, just the four of us together, for only the second time in 20 years. Snow began on Christmas night, and snow totals varied from 6 inches where we were to 12.5 inches in Bloomington and Columbus.

We had intended to come back to Richmond on the 26th, but travel was forbidden for more than 36 hours. We were finally able to come home on the 28th. The one good thing about what was called the Blizzard of 2012 was, it gave us two more days with our girls than we had planned for.

None of us can predict what 2013 will bring. My hope and prayers are that our country will find its way out of the difficulties we are enduring and that 2013 will be a wonderful time for my many friends and faithful readers.


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