This past week, we got our first snowfall since last spring. I thanked the Lord for it. It gave some much needed moisture, the trees are so beautiful, and it just looks and feels more like Christmas with the snow. Several at the Manor have commented that they think we are going to have a white Christmas.
I have some Christmas trivia to share this week. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) was directed by Frank Capra.
Viola Bueber, Virginia Burgher, Rose Danburg and Rhoda Rombough attended the Miller Elementary Christmas concert Friday evening. Viola, Rose and Rhoda went to see their grandchildren and great-grandchildren perform. Virginia went to enjoy the music and to especially hear the kindergarten younsters sing.
The theme of the concert was “The Silly Songs of Christmas.” The concert opened with the fifth and sixth grade band. Some of the choral songs performed were “The Bells on the Sleigh,” to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round;” “Old Saint Nick, He had a Sleigh: (Tune: “Old MacDonald had a Farm”); “Oh Where Have You Been, Mr. Claus?” (Tune: “Where Have You Been, Billy Boy?”); “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Presents” (Tune: “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”); “Over the Freeway and to the Mall” (Tune: “Over the River and Through the Woods”); and “Seven Feet of Snow.”
The final selection, which featured kindergarten through sixth grade, was “The Twelve Silly Days of Christmas” (Tune: “The Twelve Days of Christmas”). The students and Mrs. Cleo Kleinsasser are to be commended for the excellent and entertaining night of music.
Did you know?…that during the ‘40’s, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was put on hold due to the war?
Following the elementary Christmas concert Friday evening, Virginia Burgher went for a tour of the Christmas lights around town with Andrea Evans, Laura and Justin. Some the Christmas lights on bushes and trees were covered with snow, which made them look even more pretty and magical.
Mickey Rooney is the voice of Kris Kringle in “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (1970).
Saturday evening was a special time for the Manor residents. We had our Christmas party in the community room. It started with a lovely meal with all the trimmings, cooked and served by Don and Jeanice Stevens. Thirty-three meals were served. Don and Jeanice were assisted by Mary McCartney, Helen Dalton and Dorothy Stevens. Mary furnished and decorated each of the tables with Christmas decorations. It really looked festive.
Following the meal, the residents congregated in the lobby, where there was music by the Blachfords. Performing on the piano and violin was Ron Blachford; Dave Blachford played guitar and sang; Annie Fulton was featured as vocalist; and Marvin VanDerWerff kept the beat with the tambourine. They performed country, Christmas and gospel music. There was lots of toe-tapping to the beat, several who danced to the music and sing-alongs. A special number for all that was performed by Ron and Dave was “The Orange Blossom Special.” The residents really seemed to enjoy the music.
Towards the end of the music time, six names were drawn for gift cards—Jim Aalbers, Edith Croll, Helen Dalton, Lurabel Evans, Agnes Kolda and Mary Alice Vaughn,
My final trivia has to do with Christmas trees. By the 12th century, Christmas trees were hung from ceilings, upside-down, as a symbol of Christianity.
Our appreciation to Lloyd Schultz for snow shoveling here at the Manor Sunday morning and afternoon.
Virginia Burgher will be hosting an open house for her 65th birthday, December 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Miller Manor community room. All are invited to attend.
“The hope of the world lies in the Christmas message: Immanuel, God with us.” ~ James Stewart
Manor residents enjoy meal, entertainment at Christmas party