Pastor Dan Hendrickson values the participation of children in the Christmas Eve service and this year, with Paula at the ready with costumes for the kids and some adults who took part, an impromptu nativity scene was created with four week old Meredith taking the part of the infant Jesus. The glow of candles and the greetings of folks who return to Dalum for Christmas each year warmed the chilly night.
There are several Christmas lighting displays in the community this year and one of the nicest is at the former home of Herluf and Marie Jensen where Justin and Jessie Hansen are now the residents. With strings of lights adorning the house and garage and electronic lighting playing across the front of the machine shed it is very impressive; well done Justin and Jessie.
Christmas is also the season for school concerts and while it may be a new and exciting experience for the young participants, it is a trip down memory lane for parents and grandparents who have enjoyed these performances for many years. Included at the Delia concert was the presentation of awards from the previous year and valued member of our family, Xander Kipling, made many trips to the front of the auditorium where he received seven academic awards as well as the award for Career and Technology Skills, all of which he earned in his grade eleven year.
There were several volunteers representing Dalum at the annual distribution of Christmas hampers by The Salvation Army which took place in Drumheller, last Wednesday. The economic down turn has put added pressure on social services and charitable organizations all across Alberta and Drumheller is no exception. The past two years have both shown increases in the number of hampers distributed but the response by corporate and private donors has been able to meet the demand. We must remember that while the Christmas hamper project is a large and significant form of assistance to those who may be in temporary or long term need, the work of The Salvation Army continues throughout the year. Captain Jennifer Hillier, along with her husband and staff, faces the ongoing challenge of providing help to those in need beyond the surge of sharing which occurs during the Christmas season and encourage everyone to keep the less fortunate in mind at all times.
A reminder to all volunteers who are involved in the night gown project that the sewing bee is scheduled to take place in the Dalum church basement on Saturday, January 7, where work will begin at about 9:00 in the morning. The January 15 deadline for submitting Co-op till tapes is also approaching and Rita Pallesen asks that anyone who has been saving them for the Friendship club please get them to her as soon as possible.
Besides greetings of Merry Christmas and Happy New year, there are also birthday greetings in order for Judy Nelson and Carol Ostergard who will enjoy some birthday cake as 2016 comes to close. Happy Birthday, ladies.
Only a few days after discussing the Snowy Owl in a recent column I spotted one atop a power pole and immediately thought of a dear uncle, Thomas Schultz, who was the husband of my father’s sister, Esther. Tom and Esther farmed near Standard and many will fondly recall Tom as a jovial man who was often seen smoking a cigar, his favorite brand being “White Owl”. It is nice to see the beautiful northern birds return to our area each winter, a sight made nicer by memories of a fine gentleman I associate with the picture of a Snowy Owl on a box of cigars.
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