This pix was taken Thursday of the Christmas tree at Shelbyville-Bedford County Senior Citizens Center. I want to wish all the sweet folks out there a Merry Christmas. Stay tuned to the T-G as there is a special program we're about to discuss involving the senior center. I believe it's going to change a lot of seniors' lives for the better in Bedford County.
I'm certain to date myself by asking this, but how many people still get nuts, oranges, apples and candy under the Christmas tree from Santa? I do.
Actually, it's a tradition that started with my grandparents and continues to be observed at my house. It was customary on the farm to put out our favorite hats-those expected to be filled in the night by Santa.
You left the door unlocked for Santa's convenience. He's a busy man, you know. Just a cookie and a glass of milk sufficed.
So what's your favorite “under the tree” tradition? I'd like to hear about them.
I'm not sure about where my family's tradition of leaving hats on the fireplace or by the Christmas tree first originated. It could have come from our ancestors or perhaps just from country farm traditions.
Fruit is a big part of many English, Nordic and Irish traditions at Christmastime. With our family ancestry perhaps it goes further back than I know.
Oranges were also considered a real treat in pioneer days. Or perhaps in Bedford County, it was to show we spent just a little extra to make Christmas bright. You farmers know, the “milk checks were good this year," kind of thing.
None-the-less, it demonstrated to us a form of love at Christmas.
I read a devotional yesterday about a little girl who says, “love you-whole world” when something makes her happy. Obviously, because she's at such an innocent age, she uses that phrase a lot, according to the writer. The scripture text was from Jeremiah and Hebrews, so we know it refers to the “Light of the Nations.”
That devotion got me to thinking . . . do we love others-'the whole world'? We should strive to do that all year long, but for goodness sake, let's at least try to do that once a year. The Christmas season is not meant to make things worse in the world.
I pray that people will remember that it really is the “thought that counts,” not the type of gift or price. Because, God first gave us the precious gift of Jesus-the Reason for the CHRISTMAS Season.
No matter how family gets on your nerves or how much you dread being across the table Christmas Day from relative “So-And-So,” let's make this one day special for all, especially young ones. Their generation will have to relive those Christmas memories, however they turn out.
Nothing else, remember, as Linus of Peanuts says, “That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Oh, how the world might change if we weren't afraid to show others our light (Light of World.)
There are those who've shared their Christmas love and the sentiments remain with us always.
I still love that editorial, sent from little “Virginia” to The Sun titled, “Is there is Santa Claus?” I read it to this day at Christmas and will likely read it to my grand-kids when they're old enough to understand its true meaning.
So, here I sit, at my news desk centuries later when Virginia's letter was first read by journalist, Francis Church. In 2019, I pray there are more "Virginias” and for that matter- more tenderhearted journalists-yet to be discovered in this world.
I want to take time to wish all our readers a restful and peaceful Christmas!