A gentle snowfall on the evening of the 25th provided the picturesque scene of a White Christmas at Dalum and throughout southern Alberta. Family gatherings, the Christmas Eve church service, and old friends greeting one and other with the Danish phrase of “Gledlig Jul” were all signs that the traditions live on and that the joy of the season remains in our little community.
As has become a tradition for the Suntjens family, Christmas day was celebrated at the Dalum Community hall where about sixty members of that family gathered to share a meal, good fellowship, and gifts for the children. The gregarious head of the family, Rick Suntjens, with help from Edith and others, hosted the event whose extended family members represent a large and ever growing family circle.
There were several volunteers representing Dalum when the annual Salvation Army distribution of food, clothing and toys took place in Drumheller on the last Wednesday before Christmas. The economic down turn has put added pressure on social services and charitable organizations all across Alberta and Drumheller is no exception. Recent years have shown increases in the number of hampers distributed but, while the response by corporate and private donors has met the demand, we must remember that even though 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. The Salvation Army 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.
Nine members of the centennial planning committee, and guests, met at the home of Gerald Rasmussen for the final meeting of that group which organized the very memorable celebration held at Dalum last August. The purpose of the meeting was to determine what is to be done with artifacts and other memorabilia associated with the event and to disperse the surplus funds which remained in the bank account. The committee treasurer, Carol Ostergard, presented her report which showed a final balance of just over $5,000.00 which, it was decided, would be split equally between the Dalum Community Hall Association, The Dalum Fire Protection Association, and the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Dalum; the three organizations which had provided the support and facilities necessary to hold the reunion. Also contributing to the financial success were personal donations by many “Friends of Dalum” and a grant provided by Wheatland County. It was agreed the collection of memorabilia should be kept to a minimum but it should represent the spirit of the event and include enough photographs and documenta- tion to give future generations a sense of the enthusiasm and fellowship which was so evident at the celebration. A very pleasant social evening followed the meeting, much to the pleasure of the WagO-Matic who is always happy to receive guests, to the point there were a few times when she almost wagged herself off her feet.
Birthday greetings over the Christmas and New year period go out to Paul Nielsen who is husband to the girl we remember as Marilyn Axelsen, to Judy Nelson, Carol Ostergard and Kyle Suntjens, to Rozlyn Poulsen who is three, and to Gus James, grandson of Treacy & Paula Vogstad and the son of Logan & Shawni Jo James whose cake will have just one candle to be blown out. Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
By now the turkey buns have lost much of their appeal, there are probably a few belts which have slipped a notch, and perhaps some Christmas guests have been able to linger an extra day or two for more visiting with family and friends whom are too rarely seen. In the days between Christmas and the New Year there is a restful calm which descends upon my home, an opportunity for quiet reflection and a time to review the past year and plan for the next. Now that 2019 awaits us with all the uncertainty related to politics, the economy, and global hostilities, I choose to be optimistic. I will greet 2019 with hope for a bright future and I wish for you a happy and peaceful New Year!
You may continue to phone your news items to Gerald Rasmussen at 403-8232036 or email to ger[email protected] magtech.ca