While the calendar shows December 21 as the winter solstice and the first day of winter, December 1 was the “meteorological” start of winter with the three months that run from December 1 to the end of February being the coldest period of the year in the northern hemisphere. Long range forecasts are calling for the coming winter to be colder than average but last February and the beginning of March was cold enough for me.
Many who read this column will remember the Jim Craig family who arrived at Dalum in 1957 and made it their permanent home. Jim and “Sam” (Selma) are no longer with us and their little house by the road side is gone but their son, Kevin, returns each fall during hunting season and last week he shared some surprising news by way of Facebook. Kevin reports his wife, Marion, was on a flight to Australia when she suffered a heart attack. The flight diverted to Hawaii where doctors were able to put in a couple of stents as Kevin flew to be with her there. All went well and they are expected to have returned to Calgary by the time this column is published. Best wishes to Marion, get well soon.
I only see one name on my birthday list this week and it is that of Ralph Jorgensen. Best wishes to Ralph for the day and for the coming year.
Now that December has arrived there is no denying the Christmas season is upon us and one of the many popular events in the area is the Seniors Dinner which is scheduled for next Thursday, December 12, at the Drumheller Valley Secondary School. Senior citizens from Drumheller and the surrounding area, including several Dalum folks have, for years, enjoyed the meal and the entertainment provided at this longstanding event which is coordinated by the town of Drumheller and the staff and students at the school. Pre-registration of guests with the town of Drumheller Senior Services is required.
School Christmas concerts are also on my social calendar and I will be attending one at Delia and one in Drumheller. It doesn’t seem so long ago the first of the grandchildren were participating in these school shows and now the last of the bunch are nearing the end of their careers as shepherds, elves and other assorted characters.
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