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Don't forget true meaning of Christmas: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 12/20/17

Only five more shopping days until Christmas!

I am not a shopper so I am not really compelled to run out and join in this holiday tradition of last-minute shopping. Maybe you are one of those …

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Don't forget true meaning of Christmas: LaVonne Ackerman

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Only five more shopping days until Christmas!

I am not a shopper so I am not really compelled to run out and join in this holiday tradition of last-minute shopping. Maybe you are one of those people jazzed by the thought of being out on Christmas Eve, searching for that perfect knock-your-socks-off gift! If so, enjoy.

I hope you all have a merry and bright Christmas time. Focus on, or consider, the gift that keeps on giving ... the good news of salvation, and peace and joy. This is the true meaning of the season.

Merry Christmas, and feel free to share your news, call or email me.

Tree trivia

According to the National Christmas Tree Association (yes, this is a thing), Americans buy 37.1 million real Christmas trees each year.

Don’t worry about the environment, though. It is a business, and the growers and sellers are on it! For every real tree harvested, two or three seedlings are planted in its place.

Did you know that Christmas trees are edible? Many parts of pines, spruces and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of Vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.

Christmas trees must be shaped as they grow to produce fuller foliage. Trees grown in the wild have sparser branches and are know in the industry as “Charlie Brown” trees.

Birthdays

Happy 23rd birthday to Anna Collins of Middletown. Hoping your Dec. 20th cake day is the best. Hope your Wednesday birthday is wonderful.

Chasey Baumbach of Middletown marks her 14th confetti-popping day on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Many bright and shiny birthday wishes to you, Chasey!

Best wishes to Dalton Brannew of Middletown for a thrilling Dec. 21 birthday day! Dalton is Sweet 16 on Dec. 21. Have a safe beep-beep-honk holiday celebration!

Happy brand-new-teener birthday to Taylor Brady of Lower Swatara on Friday, Dec. 22. Taylor is 13! Welcome to the teens!

Tiffany Markey marks her 33rd happy birthday on Saturday, Dec. 23. Many good wishes for a wonderful birthday to you, Tiffany.

David Stauffer of Royalton has 61 reasons to celebrate on Saturday, Dec. 23. Many good wishes of peace and joy to you, David!

Happy 20th birthday to Lavi Gurm of Lower Swatara on Sunday, Christmas Eve. I hope your Dec. 24th birthday is special, Lavi!

Kim Kennedy is celebrating her special cake day on Monday, Dec. 25. I hope all is bright for you on your day, Kim!

Carol Woomer of Royalton marks her special day on Christmas, Monday, Dec. 25. Many good wishes are sent to you all week long, Carol!

Anniversaries

Robert and Peggy Schlehr of Lower Swatara were married on Dec. 20, 1969. Many festive wishes to you both for a wonderful 48th wedding anniversary. Congrats and enjoy!

Happy 38th anniversary to Jim and Kathy Blockus of Lower Swatara on Friday, Dec. 22. Wishing you a sparkly, glittery, wonderfully romantic day!

Recipe for Christmas Breakfast

from the Wedding Book Collection

Prepare the night before.

4 slices of bread, cubed

1 lb. sausage loose, browned, drained

1 c. grated sharp cheese

6 eggs, beaten

2 c . milk

1 tsp. dried mustard

1 tsp. salt

dash of pepper

Grease a 9-by-13 2-inch baking dish. Layer ingredients in dish: first bread cubes; second sausage, third cheese. Mix eggs with milk and seasonings. Pour into dish. Cover and refrigerate. Bake 350 degrees, 35-40 minutes. Serves 6.

Quote of the Week

“Unto us a Child is born, the King of kings and Lord of lords! And He shall reign, forevermore, forevermore!” — Chris Tomlin and Matt Maher, songwriters, artists.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite family Christmas tradition?

“Being together on Christmas day, having a big meal and watching ‘A Christmas Story’ movie.” — LeeAnn Hocker, Lower Paxton.

“Eating! Turkey and all the stuff that goes with it!” — Jason Maldonado, 10, Middletown.

“Opening a Christmas present on Christmas Eve. It is always Christmas pajamas.” — Anna Benkovic, 8, Lower Paxton.

“On Christmas day all 40 of my mom's family comes over and they bring food and we have a great time!” — Logan Benner, 11, Middletown .

“Christmas Eve service at church with the family.” — Patty Kuharic, Lower Swatara.

“Breakfast on Christmas morning! We have great quality family time together and Cinnabuns!” — Connor Mayes, Hershey.

Proverb for the Week

There is deceit in the hearts of those of plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace (12:20).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.

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