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When my children were little, they each had a favorite blanket or stuffed animal that went with them everywhere. That is not unusual at all. Following my mastectomy a year and a half ago, Altru Health sent a “Comfort Bag” home with me. In the bag was a tiny pillow. Ever since, I have held on to this little pink and white pillow each night as I go to sleep. The pillow reminds me of how very lucky I am to be cancer free. Chuck has never given me grief for taking my little pillow wherever we go. I must say I saw amusement and confusion in his eyes this morning as he caught me talking to my pillow. I was just expressing my plans for the day. Do you think Chuck has something to be concerned about?

What a wonderful time we had last Tuesday night at the Edinburg Community Center! We held our annual Community Christmas Party. What a great time everyone had. There were about 200 people who came to enjoy the food and fun. Activities were non-stop from 5 pm through 7 pm. Santa came to visit at 6 o’clock. Many kids sat on his lap to tell him what they wanted while parents took pictures. Julie Byron, Jeanette Gemmill, Cheri Stabo, Jill Troftgruben and Katie Hall created non-stop fun and games for the kids to include a marshmallow toss, guess the amount of M & M’s and a cake-walk. They even had a cake-walk for the adults. There was a silent auction with 25 gift baskets donated by local businesses and individuals. We played bingo and there also was a drawing for turkeys and hams donated by local people. It is unbelievable the generosity of this little community called Edinburg. We may be small, but we are powerful through lots of giving and caring. Over $2,000 was given for community improvements from this fun event.

Winter came to the Edinburg area over Thanksgiving weekend. Lots of plans were changed as expected guests did not come due to adverse weather predictions. Many of us had turkeys with all the trimmings ready. We just changed our invite list to have everyone who would end up being alone because of the weather. I think it turned out to be a great holiday.

It is great fun to drive around Edinburg and see all the Christmas lights. Many homes look so festive with all the lights on their houses and in their yards. I find just looking at the lights stirs anticipation within me for Christmas to arrive. The snow and cold weather adds to the holiday festive feelings.

Loretta Monson was supposed to have hip replacement surgery last Wednesday. Due to some added testing, the surgery was postponed. The earliest it could be done was the middle of January. Loretta decided to wait until May to have it done. Loretta teaches Science at the high school so waiting until May seems like a logical time to have it done. I hope she will be able to tolerate the pain as I know she is quite uncomfortable. (Loretta, it is that German from Russia heritage that will “pull you through” the wait.)

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas with family and friends. A special hello goes to Norma Gire living in Wahpeton. Have a great day and we will talk later.


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December 11, 2010

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Some Christmas Facts

The Puritans forbade the singing of Christmas carols.

Theodore Roosevelt, a staunch conservationist, banned Christmas trees in his home - even in the White House. His children, however, smuggled them into their bedrooms.

The popular song "Jingle Bells" was composed in 1857 by James Pierpoint. He originally named it "One Horse Open Sleigh".

It is a British tradition that a wish made while mixing the Christmas Pudding will come true only if the ingredients are stirred in a clockwise direction.

Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday. This tradition began in 1836.

taken from a web article