Not a brown Christmas after all

ENDIANG/BYEMOOR -- In last week's column I mentioned it looked like the possibility of a brown Christmas.

ENDIANG/BYEMOOR — In last week’s column I mentioned it looked like the possibility of a brown Christmas. It didn’t take Mother Nature long to prove that theory wrong. The district received a large dump of snow on Wednesday, with more added since. The thick blanket of snow and hoar frost covered trees has created a picture-perfect winter wonderland.

Eric and Maureen Smith have returned home from an enjoyable trip to Las Vegas.

Kent and Tamlin Kobi along with their two year old son Riley and seven month old daughter Keira of Sydney, Australia are visitors with Kent’s parents Russ and Linda Kobi and other family members. It was the first time the children got to experience snow. The Kobi family took in the Polar Express train ride at Aspen Crossing and has many other plans for their Dec. 5-30 visit.

Mark and Julie Jones, along with daughter Dixie and family, are home from a wonderful vacation to San Diego, California where they also visited with Mark’s sister Sheryle and family.

Congratulations to Ben and Jimilee Ayotte on the birth of their son Sullivan John Ayotte on Dec. 8. Congratulations also to grandparents Jim and Lee Carothers.

Many Endiang and Byemoor seniors attended the annual Seniors’ Dinner sponsored by the Endmoor Drop-in Society on Thursday at the Byemoor hall. They enjoyed a delicious traditional turkey dinner. The seniors were treated to a Christmas program provided by the kindergarten and Grade 1 – 3 classes of the Byemoor School. As well, the classic tunes of Country Friends provided a delightful afternoon of entertainment. Many thanks to the Endmoor drop-in group for hosting this event once again.

Endmoor Vipers girls’ hockey team had a busy weekend, playing a double-header in Byemoor on Saturday against Leduc with two very close games. The Vipers tied one 2-2 and lost the other by a score of 2-1.

On Sunday, the Vipers played Camrose to a 1-1 tie, again in Byemoor. The Vipers are currently in top spot in their league — way to go, girls!

The Clearview school bus drivers held their Christmas party in Byemoor on Sunday afternoon at the hotel. Skip Mappin provided horse-drawn wagon rides about town. Games, visiting, Chinese gift exchange and a tasty roast beef supper served by the hotel rounded out the day.

We send birthday wishes to Lois Ballinger, celebrating her 89th birthday on Dec. 20.

Upcoming events —

Dec. 17 — Byemoor School Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. at Byemoor hall.

Dec. 19 — Scapa Christmas Concert beginning with a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. (meat supplied). All additions for the program welcome. Contact Thelma at 403-854-2393 for further info.

Dec. 23 — St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Christmas service at 7 p.m.

Christmas trivia — “North American children put out stockings at Christmas time. Their Dutch counterparts, however, put out shoes.”

— “A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig.”

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