Byemoor hosting family skate day Dec. 29

Candlelight service at St. Peter’s on Dec. 23

A family skate afternoon has been planned for Friday, Dec. 29 at the Endmoor Arena in Byemoor. The free event goes from 1-4 p.m. Chili will be served. Anyone wishing to bring squares or any treats is welcome to do so. Open to everyone to come and enjoy the fun.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is holding its annual Candlelight Christmas service on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. in the historic little country church southeast of Endiang. The service is open to all wishing to attend.

Crib winners at the Endmoor Drop-In Centre on Dec. 14 were Gladys Macleod, first and Jean Mappin, second. Congratulations, ladies.

Get well wishes are extended to Anita Mappin who is recovering from surgery she had in the Red Deer hospital. We hope you are on the mend, Anita.

Eric, Maureen and Tulsa Smith enjoyed a wonderful vacation at the Aulani Disney Resort in Hawaii. The resort is on the island of Oahu. Sounds like a nice place to take a break from winter.

Justin Jones, Jim Krautt, Eugene Nixon and Tyler Stulberg who have been curling in the Rumsey league made the play-offs on the weekend. They split the third place win with the Rod Nelson team of Rumsey.

Endmoor Arena in Byemoor was busy with hockey action on the weekend. On Saturday, the Endmoor Vipers girls’ team played the West Central Wildcats, with the Wildcats winning 2-0. The Vipers next game is against Stettler in Stettler on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.

Byemoor-Big Valley novice Bandits played a very close game on Sunday that saw the Stettler Blue team take a 3-2 win.

Kristy Smith from Aldershot, England is home to spend Christmas with her parents Bill and Linda Smith and other family members. It’s her first Christmas home in 10 years.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish the editor and staff and the readers of our column from far and near a very Merry Christmas.

May the season be happy and healthy for you all. Remember these words from FCSS (Family and Community Support Services) — Take time for emotional and mental wellness this Christmas — Make time for you own self-care; eat well, stop and relax — Focus on experiences rather than “stuff”; hug, laugh, capture the moment — Don’t feel pressured to do everything; it is okay to say no — and finally, get outside; take a walk, go sledding or skating, catch snowflakes.

Christmas trivia

The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree is credited to the Germans. The tradition caught on worldwide when Germany’s Prince Albert introduced the Christmas tree to his new wife, England’s Queen Victoria. The couple were sketched in front of a Christmas tree in 1848 and royal fever did its work.

Santa Claus wore a variety of colourful suits but legend has it that the popular image of a red suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola and obviously stuck.

Santa Claus originated from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in fourth century AD. St. Nicholas gave away his abundant inheritance to help the needy and was also known for doing good deeds. As his legend spread he was eventually known as Sinter Klaas (in Dutch) which morphed into Santa Claus.

The origin of the hanging Christmas stockings is said to have begun with a poor, recently widowed man who had three daughters. Word got out of his plight and St. Nicholas placed gold coins in their stockings, which had been hung by the fireplace to dry.

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