Verdant Valley Eye Opener
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This may be the last column I write in 2016 as next Monday is Boxing Day and if I don’t get any news this week before Friday, the next column will be in 2017. How fast the years go by!
On Saturday, December 17 the Howard family held their annual Christmas Haggis breakfast at the home of Ron and Helen Leonhardt with 29 family present. This tradition goes back to our grandmother and later our mother who made Irish haggis for a special breakfast. Irish haggis contains no meat as the Scottish haggis does. My grandma used to say that the Irish were too poor to have the meat kind. Irish haggis is made from mashed potatoes, uncooked rolled oats, chopped onions and lots of black pepper. It is steamed for two hours and made into rolls that are then sliced and fried with bacon and eggs. Not a low calorie or low cholesterol meal but once a year – not a problem. I am sure that most families have special traditions and we would like to hear about them.
One tradition that has been going on for 23 years in Drumheller is the Senior’s Christmas Dinner at the DVSS. What a lot of seniors there are in Drumheller! There must have been 400 seniors there on Friday, December 16. What a lot of great students who welcome, escort, check your coat, seat you, serve juice and tea and coffee, serve a delicious turkey dinner that other students have prepared, entertain with band and choir and readings. Hats off to the staff and students of DVSS for this great event to bring young people and seniors together. Thanks from all the seniors.
Another worthwhile tradition in Drumheller is the Free Santa’s Christmas Dinner for those who are alone at Christmas. It is sponsored by Yavis Family Restaurant, Century 21, The Drumheller Mail and other anonymous donors. This is the 34th annual dinner and offers free rides, and take out dinners. Families are welcome. There are a host of volunteers who help take phone call orders, serve dinner, pick up people and deliver meals. What a great gift to the community. Hats off to everyone who takes time on Christmas Day to participate in this extraordinary event.
While we are on the subject of Christmas traditions, The Salvation Army needs to receive a shout out for all the Christmas cheer they distribute at this time of year and throughout the year for that matter. Many volunteers are manning the kettles in businesses around town. They deserve our support all year.
I know there are many individuals, organizations, churches and businesses that make very worthwhile con- tributions to the wellbeing of others and I hesitate to mention only these few. But know that you are appreciated and deserve our thanks. Your contributions to our community are what makes living in our great country so great!
Happy birthday for the next two weeks to Holly Guterson on December 22, Shir- ley Morrow on December 23, Clint Hemming on December 25, Doris Wade and Ed Hnetka on December 27, Lori (Ewing) Powell and Toni Wilson on December 28, Bev Wilson and Michelle (Keirle) Drydale on December 29, Doreen Pascoe on December 30, John Duncalf on January 1, Penny Dekeyser and Cindy Poland on January Larsen on January 3.
A good way to start the Christmas weekend would be to attend a Christmas Eve service at a church of your choice. Grace Lutheran Church has two candlelight services at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm on Saturday, December 24. You are welcome to come. Have a joyful Christmas! 2, Kylie