The Christmas season is upon us, even though it may not look like it outside. Warm Chinook winds last week melted the little snow we had. It is looking like we are in for a brown Christmas perhaps.
A good crowd attended Santa Claus Day in Byemoor on Saturday. Many went home with baking, crafts, gift ideas or a Christmas tree.
Santa arrived from the North Pole around 2 p.m. and the youngsters got to get their photos taken with him as they described what they wanted for Christmas.
The 50/50 draw of $125 was won by Harvey Kassian of Stettler. He generously donated it back to the Byemoor hall.
The door prize was won by Mia Gallagher, young daughter of Greg and Samantha Gallagher of Hanna.
Eight-year-old Rylee Jones sold her homemade bracelets at Santa Claus Day and donated all the proceeds ($183) to the Children’s Wish Foundation. You have a generous heart, Rylee.
On Sunday, members and guests of the Endmoor floor curling club gathered at the Endiang hall for their annual Christmas dinner. They enjoyed a delicious ham dinner catered by the Byemoor Hotel then finished the afternoon off with floor curling. Santa also made an appearance and rumour has it that it was a female version.
Remember Byemoor School Christmas Concert is on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. with all welcome.
The Scapa community Christmas Concert will be held on Dec. 19 beginning with a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. (meat will be supplied). Any additions to the program are most welcome. Contact Thelma Bossert for further information at 403-854-2393.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Christmas service is on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the candlelight service at this historic country church.
Crib night at the Endmoor Drop-in Centre last Tuesday evening saw Eleanor Schultz post the top score for the third consecutive time. Appears you are on a roll, Eleanor — perhaps you should consider a trip to Vegas. Deanna Johnson posted the second best score of the night. Next meet is on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Get well wishes go out to Garnet McLearn recovering from triple-bypass heart surgery in the Foothills Hospital in Calgary and to Agnes Sorensen in the Stettler hospital. Your friends are thinking of you both and wish you a speedy recovery.
Herb and Helen Gutsche moved into the Hanna Lodge last week where they would be happy to welcome visitors. We wish Herb and Helen all the best in their new home.
Doreen Nixon and Evelyn Walker arrived home last week from a month spent at Apache Junction, Arizona. They reported the weather a little cooler than normal.
Happy 50th birthday wishes go out to Rod Yates on Dec. 7 as he celebrates half a century. Enjoy being the big Five – O, Rod.
Those who watch the television program Heartland may be interested to know the wildlife officer who appeared on the Sunday night episode was played by Christopher Hunt. The Calgary actor is the son of the late David Hunt who was youngest member of the Hunt clan from Endiang.
Christmas trivia — The Poinsettia is native to Mexico. The first printed reference to a Christmas tree was in 1531 in Germany.