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PAGE 4 THEFLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 Comments Letter to the Editor The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few re- stnctions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's per- son rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. : Christmas stories from annien.com: eager to see what Morn and Dad got. We tore up the pa- A Military Family's First Christmas by Gina Toro per in excitement, and what we found, has been the "First It was December 1986; and after being apart for six Christmas Story" of our family ever since, you see, our real- months (John in Fort Bragg and me in Korea) it was our first tor 's wife was a baker, and she had baked a speciaI German Christmas together. Every thing was good! My boys (from a bread for us, which by now was as hard as a rock. We laugh, previous marriage), John and me, we had just bought our until tears came out of our eyes, as we tried to explain to our first home, but best of all; we were expecting our first child, kids what that strange looking rock was for. Because we were just starting, our financial situation did not allow us more than the bare essentials: 2 beds, 2 pots, 4 "Tis The Season To Be Jolly by Ken Hoffman plates, 4 cups and 4 forks. The only thing that was missing We've all had our share of what is known as "The Holiday was a Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is to me, the main Blues" At this time of year I know that I will over-indulge sign of this wonderful season, we MUST have one, I do not and gain a few pounds - pounds that will take more than a recall how we finally got one, but I do know that the good old few weeks to take off. If I can. There are relatives to invite faithful "Thrift Shop" was mention, and gifts for which to rack our brains. The Holiday Spirit is Not long after we moved into our new home, we found sometimes elusive. a gift wrapped packaged on our door step, it was from our One person I feel sorry for is the Christmas tree entrepre- realtor, the package felt a little warm, we figured it was from neur. This guy has to guess how many trees he will need, the sun, thought nothing of it an placed it under our beauti- pay for them up front, hope that the lot he rented is visible to ful non-themed Christmas tree. Throughout the month of civilization, and pray that his family will help sell the trees. December, it was the only thing we had there. As time went The snow that the kids are praying for won't do him a bit of by, our situation did not improved much. I could tell John good. On top of this is the unspoken fact that come Christ- was concern about what to get for the boys, after all, it was mas morning, any unsold trees will be worth nothing. the first Christmas with "Dad", then, I discovered Big Lots, A few years ago, when we were still buying naturally AHA! 2 nice and very good-looking hard plastic bikes. And grown Christmas trees for our home, the task fell on my so, John was introduced to the wonderful tradition of "some wife, Marianne, to go out and find a nice tree. Previously, assembly required". I had been the one who magically decided on the variety, Christmas day, 5 am. We were awaken by the screams of shape, and height of that all important reminder of ChriSt- two happy boys announcing that "Santa ate all the cookies mas. Some phrases that apply to my wife while shopping and drank the egg nog, and he "believed our promises to be are: "She knows what she wants" "Decidedly particular" good from now on, because he left really nice bikes for us" and "No crooked tree for our house" but now, we had to go and open our present, the solitary The grumpy old man at the Christmas tree lot must have package that has been there all this time. "Of course" we Shaken out a dozen trees, turning them in measured circles said, and run to the living room behind this little people`, while Madam shook her head, suggesting implacably, "How CROSSWORD Editor: least amount of effort giving. None usually have lasting ef- I wonder sometimes if people really know the difference fects nor do they touch that person leaving them a better between charity and welfare. When I looked it up, with person for it. And it usually doesn't end, why should it, it's charity there is a freedom of the individual giver, to choose not their money! Those who become co-dependent cannot what or how much to give and to be able to weight the be a valuable input to society but rather a drain. merits of giving and to give to those who will use the help to I.was taught that charity begins at home. I guess because better themselves, our countries are tied financially together, our president With welfare, there is only government spending tax- sees fit to keep giving away money that we don't have. He payers money indiscriminately (without having to ask any- even is spending some $70,000 dollars of taxpayer's (that's one and can just pick what they want whenever they want), means you) money to send all the world's leaders one of his often to the detriment of those who receive funds. It en- books for Christmas. courages inactivity and productivity and makes them co- I say we all need to send a Christmas card to the White dependent and not self-sustaining. Most important is the House asking them to start charity at home with our lack of Choice. We all have to pay those who will not pay Wounded Warriors, our Veterans, our disabled, our handi- their own way. It is an entitlement philosophy. Taken to its capped, our schools, to the elderly, to the U.S. extreme, it was the dream of another 19th century writer, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every Karl Marx. one of you that have been true friends and neighbors to both At Christmas time everyone's heart is opened with joy of me and my mother and daddy. With my dad in the hospital giving, not taking from one and give to another. You know, right now, I also want to thank all of you that have cared for spreading the wealth around(Obama's words). I urge ev- him too. It makes it better when we feel the prayers of all eryone to have love and charity in your hearts not only at of you and the fond stories I love to hear. It certainly puts Christmas time, but all the time, but be very careful how warmth and hope in my heart. you give. Instead of giving someone fish to eat, teach them So, Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Happy to fish so they may be self-sustainable. Most often you will New Year. find that free givers such as our government only do the /s/Janet Ezell Beesley LETTER TO THE EDITOR POLICY." The Florala News welcomes Letters to the Editor. All letters will be pub- lished at the discretion of the editor/publisher. No letter will be published that does not bear the actual name of the writer and their city or town of residence. A contact number or e-mail address is required but will not be published. Letters cannot be returned. ([he Christina5 5tory St. Luke 2:1-20 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the en- tire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place wile Quirinius was governor of Syria) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, becausehe belonged to the house and. line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manager, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy and will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. his will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shep- herds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. The Florala abofzt that one over there?" Finally, a perfect specimen nudged out of a fresh moun- tain of trees pleased the lady very much and the sour owner stamped off to cut the trunk six inches shorter. Now the previous day, Marianne's brother had heard that Marianne would be out shopping for a tree, so he asked her to pick out a nice one for his family, since he had no time and had to work. So as soon as Mr. Grump left with his saw, Marianne started looking around for her brother's tree. Suddenly, the sourpuss owner stood ih the aisle with fire in his eyes. He blurted out, "Lady, it's too late to change your mind, I've already cut off your bottom !!" Marianne quickly replied, "You don't understand, I'm looking for my brother." With a scowl, he retorted, "Well, you won't find him be- hind that tree!" Here's hoping you all have a wonderful holiday. The sea- son has certainly found us quickly, and before we know it, it will be 2012. I will be spending this weekend with the people that I love, who in turn, love me, and reluctantly putting my oldest on a plane to spend some time with her father and his family. This holiday I am happier than I have ever been, so I have already received the best gift ever n n 2 3 26 27 58 59 72 n m m 6 7 8 m m m 13 17 m 29 m m 38 =ram. m m 46 5O m 54 m 61 m n n 7O m m m 73 m m ,~.== PRESENTED BY 32 52 62 = ~= 33 34 63 64 m m VolunteerMatch.org Where volunteering begins. | StatePoint Media THEME: HOLIDAY MOVIES 6. Toward the lee 7. *Like Billy Bob's Santa ACROSS 8. Laundry, e.g. 1. Happens in back 9. Chief or top dog 6. *"Santa Claus is Coming to 10. October Stone Town" originally aired on this net- 11. Village or hamlet in South work Africa 9. Popular white fish 14. Attendant to Tiger, e.g. 12. Before Part II 15. degree 13. Follows soh 20. Part of small intestine 14. "Put your thinking " 22. Last month i6. Madama Butterfly's soil, e.g. 24. Rubs elbows with. 17. a.k.a. 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Medicinal plant something 61. Pepper or bombard 55. "But I heard him exclaim, 62. "A Death in the Family" au- he drove out of sight, Merry thor Christmas to all " 63. Conjunction used in com- 57. *This happened on 34th paratives Street 64. Sicilian volcano 61. Koko or sampson, e.g. 67. *Will Ferrell character in 65. Lobe at back of palate 2003 66. "To Kill a Mockingbird" au- thor 68. *"The mare Before last week's solution Christmas" 69. Lively dance 70. Not in good health 71." as a whistle" 72. Maiden name indicator 73. Newt in terrestrial stage 74. Laughing predator DOWN 1. Boxer training 2. "For" in Spanish 3. Seed cover 4. Type of infection 5. Uhfortunate outcome