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Over the Backyard Fence in Sherman

December 12, 2013
By ELAINE G. COLE , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Winter returned in full in full force on Dec. 7 with a 20-degree day and snow flurries. A few days previously we had several days in the upper 50's. I'm thankful that Bill got our outdoor Christmas lights up during that time and we're making progress on the indoor Christmas decorations. The latter began when our daughter Debbie came and put up our Christmas tree and she and Bill decorated it. Although we haven't trekked through the woods to cut a live tree the past several years, it is beautiful. Our son Todd, and his son Josh, moved our outdoor heavy Nativity structure to the front yard and Bill added the replicas, "Mary, Joseph and the Christ Child and lights."

Enjoyable as all the aforesaid activities are, I remind myself daily they are not the most important things for celebrating Christmas. Our family believes that we celebrate it because it represents the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Although it may not be the actual day He was born. Therefore it's the real reason for this season.

Thinking about Christmas made me wonder when Christmas was first held in our country. According to one source it stated that the only evidence it being held was in 1539 in Tallahassee, Florida where there was a building that supposedly stated that fact. However, it is thought by some that it took place in 1776 or 1789. It has also been said that the Pilgrims started the celebration. Nevertheless, apparently the date of the first Christmas Day in the United States has not yet been officially established.

I don't know if any of you have heard the following song, and I couldn't find the authors name, but I remember it well and it aptly describes the following words that describe the word Christmas.

C is for the Christ Child, born upon this day.

H is for Herald angels in the night.

R is for our Redeemer.

I means Israel.

S is for the star that shown so bright.

T is for the wise men, who traveled far.

M is for the manger where He lay.

A is for all He sands for.

A means shepherds came and that's why there's a CHRISTMAS DAY.



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