Wasn't the snow beautiful this week? It lasted only a few days. That's good enough. Maybe we will have some more on Christmas Eve or Day. Thanks to everyone who shared their snow pixs with T-G. They were awesome.
We receive letters to Santa each year from local school kids. Most teachers try to let them come to us in original form. They are entertaining, but sometimes, they're also a little sad.
Kids have pure hearts. They also say what they feel. I've always liked that.
Recently, I read one letter in which a little kid wanted a pair of crutches for Christmas. I'm not sure if she's watched “A Christmas Carol,” or has a special use for them. No one seemed to understand why that was included in the Santa letter. Perhaps there's a Tiny Tim somewhere in her life.
There was another little girl who asked Santa for a cancer victim survivor doll. I looked these up and I discovered they're precious. (I actually learned a lot about children's toys this year. Who knew there was a Hedgehog so popular.)
After checking, I found there was no one in this little girl's family with cancer. Teachers said she's just a child with a caring heart.
Seems like these kids have the right idea about Christmas. During the rush, we should remember that.
There was another child who wanted Santa to help her mom and dad to stop “fitting,” which I think she probably meant fighting. As happy as most of us go along during Christmas, we must remember that not every household contains joy on Dec. 25.
For some children, Christmas can be a dreaded time of the year, which to me is really sad.
I like the way little kids rope their brothers and sisters into their Christmas plan when writing to Santa. I guess they feel like they need a lot of moral support, perhaps for sibling rivalry which has raised its head during the year.
The letters that truly stand out with me are the little kids who mention Jesus' birth.
I also like the ones who really thank Santa for all he's done for them, and about to do. Several kids were concerned that Santa had the flu this year.
Kids are always concerned about how Santa and Mrs. Claus are feeling. It's unconditional love-something we can all embrace. Jesus says for us to change and have the heart of a child in order to enter the gates of heaven.
There's nothing more pure than a child's heart. Jesus knew this. Sadly in this age, abuse continues to go on in this town of our children. It's sometimes hard being in this business, knowing what we know from court dockets, etc.
I believe those little kids will have special angel wings someday. Their pain will be gone.
The Christ Child was born to love us through all such pain. Jesus had his own pain to bear as an earthly man and eventually gave His life on the cross to rescue us from sin.
Several local churches will be honoring the Christ Child with special programs between now and Christmas Day. Check our T-G calendar for dates, etc.
Bedford County school kids get out Dec. 23-Jan. 6 for winter break. I know they're all ready for a slow down. Students and teachers have worked very hard this year. Merry Christmas!
Kiddos have a lot of upcoming events in which they can visit with Santa. The annual Shelbyville Municipal Airport Fly-In is Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. Come rain or shine. I must admit seeing Old Saint Nick land in that Bonanza is a heart-warming sight.
We also have “A Celebration Christmas” going on 2 p.m. Saturday at Calsonic Arena. Everything is free but visitors are asked to bring a new wrapped toy or canned food for those in need within the community.
There are a lot of great free activities for local kids. This afternoon (Friday) at 3:30, Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library will host its "Family Gingerbread Wars" for all ages. It will be a great family activity. See you there!
Say 'hey' if you see me with my camera around town. I like to keep up with my readers.
We appreciate everyone who's worked hard to put on these events for our kids.
There's a lot to celebrate in town, so start making your lists and checking them twice. It's going to be a great Christmas!
I leave you with this sunshine today from a former “Ladies Home Journal” columnist, Gladys Taber.
"Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday."