Oil Kings will have two consecutive home games

Can you believe Christmas is almost here; where did 2014 go?

Big Valley Bulletin

Can you believe Christmas is almost here; where did 2014 go? Big Valley is abuzz with holiday preparations as lights and decorations spring up all over the village. These next few weeks will be filled with some great holiday events.

Most of you will be buying a Christmas tree or putting up one of the many beautiful artificial trees that are now available. Did you ever wonder what our early pioneers did for their Christmas tree? Early immigrants to southern and central Alberta could not have the Christmas tree they had enjoyed back east or in Europe. Evergreens were rare and those that could be found were scraggly specimens. Christmas trees in those times were made from whatever was handy and one of the things that was readily available in the area was tumbleweeds. Trees would be formed out of these prickly weeds, which, when shaped and decorated, were good stand-ins for the real thing. However now with “weed control”, Albertans might have trouble finding enough tumbleweeds to “go traditional”.

Why not join us and the Oil Kings for the Senior “AA” hockey home opener this weekend? The Big Valley Oil Kings will be playing Lloydminster Border Kings at the Big Valley Agriplex on Saturday and Sunday. Game 1 is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Game 2 starting at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14. Saturday night activities will include beer gardens, 50/50, shoot-to-win, and door prizes. Come on out and enjoy some great hockey action

Come out to see Santa Claus this Sunday, Dec. 14. Big Valley’s Annual Children’s Christmas Party begins with lunch at 12 noon at the Jubilee Hall, followed by some great entertainment and a visit from Santa and his helpers passing out gifts for children 10 and under. Everyone is welcomed to join in the fun. For more information please call or text Brenda at 403-740-6552 or Catrina at 403-741-7320

Students and staff of the Big Valley School invite everyone to join them at the Jubilee Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 17 for an evening of great entertainment and holiday fun at their annual Christmas Concert.

Big Valley village and rural residents will be coming together on Sunday, Dec. 21 to celebrate our “Christmas in the Village”. Sponsored by the Big Valley Rodeo Association and the Village of Big Valley, the evening will include hot dogs and hot chocolate enjoyed around toe-warming bonfires, horse-drawn sleigh or hay rides around the village to enjoy all the fantastic holiday lights and a fireworks display.

Once again we will be holding the “Best Decorated House Contest” with judges selecting from the marvelous light displays which have been popping up all over the village. Prizes will be awarded to the top three.

The festivities are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Jubilee Hall Annex. Dress warm and come on out to join the fun.

Thirteen people were out for crib at the Big Valley Inn on Sunday, Dec. 7. Vi McCarty came in first, Marg Levesque came in second, Lawrence Wilkie came in third, while Stan Nattestad took home the booby. Mary Wilkie won the regular draw and Ken Levesque won the 50/50. Congratulations, everyone and see you all next Sunday at 1 p.m.

Big Valley Inn’s Christmas crib celebration will be on Sunday, Dec. 21 with appetizers after the games.