Happy Holidays everyone! Included in this weeks newsletter is the story of the meaning of the candy cane and some new and updated community news.
The Meaning of the Candy Cane
Many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make
a candy that symbolized the true meaning of Christmas-Jesus.
The hard candy was shaped like a "J" to represent Jesus' name.
The color white stands for the pureness of Jesus. The color red represents
the blood Jesus shed for us.
Christmas Fast Facts
Each year, 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States alone. There are 21,000 Christmas tree growers in the United States, and trees usually grows for about 15 years before they are sold.
Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger.
In the Middle Ages, Christmas celebrations were rowdy and raucous-a lot like today's Mardi Gras parties.
From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was outlawed in Boston, and law-breakers were fined five shillings.
Christmas wasn't a holiday in early America-in fact, Congress was in session on December 25, 1789, the country's first Christmas under the new constitution.
The first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in Captain John Smith's 1607 Jamestown settlement.
Poinsettia plants are named after Joel R. Poinsett, an American minister to Mexico, who brought the red-and-green plant from Mexico to America in 1828.
The Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.
Rudolph, "the most famous reindeer of all," was the product of Robert L. May's imagination in 1939. The copywriter wrote a poem about the reindeer to help lure customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.
Construction workers started the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition in 1931.
Local Walking Program and Blood Pressure Monitoring
The State Farm Office in Weeping Water will now be a place where blood pressure can be taken and where information about the walking program can be obtained. Linda Conrad has agreed to have a room set aside and SELF MONITORING blood pressure equipment available for anyone who would like to check their blood pressure. If there are any questions about the equipment, the office personnel will be there to help. Information about the walking program at the school can be obtained here and they will keep track of the times that the school will be available for walking. They also have a map of areas to walk and how many times around the school make a mile etc. Alegent Health has donated the equipment and the walking program information.
PTO Soup Supper
Who: Weeping Water School PTO
What: Soup Supper-Homemade chili and chicken noodle soup, cinnamon rolls, hot dogs/chili dogs, nachos
When: Saturday, January 19, 2008
Time: 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Multi-purpose room at Weeping Water High School
Please come and support the Weeping Water PTO and enjoy the delicious food!
1309 I Street
Ord, NE 68862
Business Phone: 308-728-3424
Location: Express Lane, Weeping Water
Time: 9:35-9:50 a.m.
We trade gloves for fur or hides.
Top prices for quality raw furs, antlers, deer and elk hides.
Ken Petska, owner
Ken cell: 308-728-7174
Greg Cell: 308-750-0700
Future Dancers Camp
The Weeping Water High School Rockettes Dance Team will offer a dance clinic for young girls in grades K-8. The girls will learn dance technique and a performance routine.
Practice Dates: January 7th, 11th, and 14th
Practice Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Performance: Half-time during the varsity boys basketball game on January 15th at Weeping Water High School.
The cost to participate is $25 per girl and includes instruction, a dance t-shirt, and a snack at each practice session.
**Each dancer must be escorted by an adult for the performance**
Registration forms are available at Weeping Water School
Please contact Megan Berry Barlow at 402-267-5203 with any questions
Join the fun of the "Holiday Scramble" in Weeping Water. Entry forms are available at any participating Chamber of Commerce business. Contest dates run from November 27th through December 27, 2007. Drawings for ten $50 gift certificates (redeemable at any Weeping Water Chamber of Commerce business) will be held on December 28, 2007. Need not be present to win. Participants will visit each business to recieve one word, which will be part of the "Holiday Scramble." Once you have obtained all seven words, unscramble the words to form the designated phrase and either write or tape the phrase in the boxes provided on the entry form. Complete the form by filling in your name, address, and telephone number and drop off the completed form in the gold box at either Farmers & Merchants Bank or Heartland Bank.
Winter Theatre Schedule
Mahoney State Park 2007-2008
Winter Theatre Season
Christmas in Her Heart
By: Walt Vail
December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Showtimes: Friday and Saturday-7:30 p.m. Sunday-2:00 p.m.
Show only tickets: $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 12 & under
Dinner and show tickets: $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 12 & under
For reservations call: 402-944-2523 ext. 7122
Holiday Garbage Collection
There will be NO garbage collection on Tuesday, December 25, 2007 and Tuesday, December 1, 2007.
Everyone in the community will have their garbage picked up on Friday, December 28th and Friday, January 4th.
Library Board Meetings
Library board meetings for the Weeping Water Public Library have been changed from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. every other month.
The Weeping Water Public Library would like to invite preschoolers and their parents to attend story hour at the Weeping Water Public Library.
Every Monday morning from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Story hour is a very informal time that gets young parents and their children out of the house and also gives the children a chance to learn at a young age that reading is fun.
2008 Weekly Drawing for 52 weeks
$100 winner every Saturday!
Tickets are now on sale! To purchase tickets, contact any Elmwood Volunteer Rescue Member: Ed Blunt 994-3295, Miki Bruns 994-2770, Jennifer Brettmann, Theresa Brown, Mike Krass, John Oehlerking, Konia Jones, Ben Kastens, Jordan Peterson, Jen Kunz, and Jeff Clymer.
December 29, 2007 from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.-"Crop for the Westroads Victims" at Brenda Sherman' s house.
Angel Tree Success!
How else can I help?: Gloves scarves, and undergarmets are always welcomed. Canned and boxed food items are helpful. But even bath towels or kitchen towels that can be given to any family would be nice as well.
Any of these items can be left at Home State Bank, Jeff's Jack and Jill, or at the Elementary School.