Although the economic picture may be somewhat depressed, the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Big Valley. Last Thursday’s school Christmas concert and the accompanying Festival of Trees were proof that we carry the spirit of Christmas in our hearts.
The evening began with the auctioning of the Christmas trees, marvelously decorated by the students. The trees fetched impressive prices, as concert goers opened their wallets to support the school. The concert itself was very entertaining. Musical numbers included old favourites, newer songs and an outstanding display of the student’s Spanish abilities. This reviewer’s personal favourite was “I’m Getting Rocks for Christmas”, enthusiastically performed by Ms. McKinnon’s Grade 2 class.
Big Valley’s annual children’s Christmas party, held this past Saturday, offered a chance for children to enjoy lunch, treats and some amusing entertainment by “Myles of Magic”. The main attraction of course was the appearance of Santa. The children gathered around to wait their turn to sit on Santa’s knee and receive a pre-Christmas gift from the Jolly Elf himself.
Big Valley Evangelical Free Church presented its live nativity Sunday evening. Shepherds peacefully tended their flocks around Mary, Joseph and the child in the manger.
Wise men came bearing gifts and angels hovered nearby. Seasonal hymns were sung as that “age old story” was told. Live animals included a flock of sheep, a donkey and an unsolicited cat who nonchalantly poked around the manger, then joined in with the rest of the evening. Afterward, hot dogs were roasted around an open fire while hot chocolate and sweets were served.
The Dec. 15 meeting of the Elks was held with 21 members enjoying a delicious meal. The Royal Purple ladies, as well as a few guests, were invited to join. Pins denoting the number of years of service were given out to the following members – 45 years, Jim Nelson; 40 years, George Micki and Ed Bremer; 35 years, Darrel Sable; 25 years, Ernie and Ken Goddard and Rod Dodd; and 10 years, Len Currie. Congratulations to these brothers for their dedication.
Another donation of the Elks bingo profits was made to the Alberta Elks Foundation. This foundation can be accessed to help anyone in need.
Big Valley Hall board Bingo presented the Hall Board with a cheque for $8000.00 to cover the cost of the new lights and speakers in the community hall as a portion of the renovations done in 2009. The money given comes from the Bingos that are put on each week from October through to the end of March. Bingo will start up again the first Thursday in January. Come on out and support a great cause. All proceeds go to maintaining and keeping our hall.
From the community of Big Valley, we wish one and all a merry and magical Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.