by Maxine Deeter
We are heading quickly toward Christmas. To get things started here in Sierra La Sal, the all ladies of La Sal met last Saturday evening for a delicious dinner and fantastic program.
Hosting the event was the presidency of the La Sal Branch LDS Relief Society. Over two dozen ladies came out in the festive attire to visit with friends – old and new – and bask in the glow of the Christmas season.
The hall was decked with evergreens, nativities, and other Christmas sparkle.
Head lady in charge for the event was Leilani Westhoff. This is the first winter the Westhoff family has lived in La Sal, and what a great addition they make.
After the spiral cut ham dinner with all the fixings was eaten, everyone joined in to tell the story of the first Christmas night through song, scripture and lovely art work.
A wonderful time was had by one and all. And, as always, there were new-comers attending. It is always fun to make new friends.
We awoke the next morning, Sunday, to the pitter patter of raindrops. Isn’t it supposed to be White Christmas time?! Not so. Oh, Ma Nature is really playing jokes on us this year.
This coming Saturday will be another installment of holiday festivities, as the LDS folks once again host a dinner at the church.
This is a ya’ll come event. Everyone within the sound of my voice is invited to meet at the church with eatin’ scheduled to commence at 6 p.m., La Sal standard time.
Holiday ham will be furnished and everyone is asked to bring a potluck dish to share. It will be a fun evening, and I’ll bet if you come out, you will make a new friend or two, or I’ll eat my hat. I’m not inclined to give up tasty ham for a stinking old hat for dinner, so come on out, and see if I’m not right.
Wednesday, December 21 will be the kiddos of La Sal Christmas program at La Sal Elementary. They are busy preparing their songs and readings and skits to present to their families and friends that evening.
Everything gets underway at 6 p.m. By then the kids will be hard to contain with the anticipation of Santa coming soon.
He will make his first official appearance that night after the program. He is always escorted into town by the local fire department volunteers and brings with him a ton of goody bags for all the good little boys and girls. (Remember, we have nothing but good boys and girls in our village.)
Santa and his firefolk elves will be out and about the next couple of nights after the program making his local rounds delivering the Toys for Kids packages for those who qualify.
It is not too late to make a generous contribution to help out in this worthy project. A donation box is located in the La Sal Mall aka Ana’s La Sal Store. Help make Christmas a little brighter for the kiddos of our town by making a generous donation.
And, a big shout out and thanks to all who take time from their busy holiday schedules to make this all possible.
Those fun folks at the Senior Center will be holding their annual Christmas feast on Friday, December 23 at noonish at the Senior Center.
La Sal has a very active group of senior citizens and they do have a good time. They meet every Wednesday and Friday for a hot lunch and visiting.
Their Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations have been occurring for several years now. Again, big bunch of kudos to those folks who make this all possible.
Also, again as every year, our village is lit up with gay holiday lights. Folks start getting into the spirit of the season early, some putting up lights shortly after Thanksgiving – some even before. It is one of the beautiful parts of the holiday season.
The local Wilcox clan had a family get together last week, which included five generations. There was great-great-grandma Bobbi Holt, great-grandpa Mike Wilcox, grandpa Curtis Wilcox, papa Rick Wilcox and finally the newest addition to the family, little Max Lee Wilcox, aka the miracle baby.
Max was born prematurely and spent many weeks in the NICU in Grand Junction. Hard to believe now looking at the plump, lovely little guy. Of course, this was an opportunity for a photo shoot.
This time of year I start getting admonitions – mostly via email or Facebook, encouraging me to abandon the greeting of Happy Holidays in favor of the greeting of Merry Christmas.
Last week I was shopping in Moab when I left the store with the greeting “Merry Christmas” to the clerk. His response was, “Eh,” so I changed my greeting to “Happy Holidays” which he accepted more favorably.
I am a devout Christian and I choose to celebrate Christmas this time of year. I appreciate those who respect my choice.
Ergo, I should also respect their choice of belief. They don’t have to believe as I do to enjoy the season. Christmas is not the only significant or religious holiday celebrated this time of year. Hanukah also falls at the same time.
Even in San Juan County we have those who are Jewish rather than Christian, and Hanukah has been around centuries longer than Christmas.
Kwanza also falls around this time of year. So, whether you celebrate Kwanza, Hanukah, Christmas, the winter solstice or no particular holiday at all – this is wishing you a Happy Holiday.