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Just Outside My Door 12/27/12

January 2, 2013
By ELAINE G. COLE - COLUMNIST ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Snow is slowly spitting down just outside my door. Although we have very little of it yet, it is forecast in greater amounts as the day goes on. It's in keeping with the season because the first day of winter according to the calendar was last Friday. Although we haven't had much of that white stuff yet, I'm sure we will get some eventually. After all, what does the calendar know when it comes to predictions? Man has no control over the weather.

Now that Christmas is past, we will soon be facing a new year, and no one knows for sure what will take place in their life in 2013. Some folk will be making New Year's resolutions. Many will probably be breaking those resolves soon, but no doubt some will keep them. I sometimes determine to change certain things, especially in my spiritual realm, but I also seek God's help in working on any commitments.

Meanwhile, I plan to tell you about an Amish school Christmas program I'm attending on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 27. I anticipate fully enjoying it as I did when I have attended any of them previously. This one is the one where my neighbor, Barbara Miller, is the lower grades teacher, Betsy Byler has the upper grades and Sarah Miller is the special education teacher at the school on Waits Corners Road.

The program began with Christmas music sung a capella by all the children. Most of the songs were hymns presenting the real meaning of Christmas. They told about the birth of Jesus, the angels and shepherds and also had a wise man. There were three delightful skits and many recitations and poems given by a student or sometimes by two students. All of the children spoke their parts from memory. The program was not without a bit of humor, one being about the well known "10 Little Indian Boys" with proper head dress, about crows and a boy with a broken foot.

Amazingly all the children, including the youngest, took part in the program, all of the children had memorized their parts and there was only one brief prompt. It takes a lot of work and patience on the part of teachers and the students to perform such a program. Barbara said it took a long time to do it, but it certainly was a great and meaningful Christmas program and was a delight to all that attended it. All of the children received a Christmas package, including some candy along with other things, following the program.



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