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6 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, December 4, 2003 ;,7!~ i Summit Point Dot Snyder 725-7769 We are into December and Christmas is on everyone's mind. Christmas trees are be- ing decorated and shopping has begun in a big way. The "spirit" has started to move us, so, let us not forget what Christmas really means. Christmas begins at our door with a pretty wreath, bells or some other trimming. Most people prefer a wreath and there are many kinds today, trimmed with pinecones, fruit, small figures, etc. Wreaths were originally a pagan decora- tion, but Christians use the wreath to express love and faith. The circular shape sym- bolizes God's eternal love and the greenery signifies Christ's immortality. Did You Know? In 1613, Captain John Smith recorded how early Vir- ginia settlers enjoyed Christ- mas dinner of oysters, fish, wild fowl and good bread. In 1776, George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware. In 1821, the first record of a Christmas tree in America was mentioned in the diary of Mat- thew Zahn, of Lancaster, Pa. Christmas trees oft:he 1820s were decorated with ginger- bread men, apples, raisins and colored cloth rosettes. The first Christmas tree lighted by electricity was put in the New York home of Edward H. Johnson in 1882. Celebrating Christmas This country has not always been able to celebrate Christ- mas. Christmas since the sixth century was celebrated in Eu- rope. In this country, the Puri- tans of the Plymouth Colony were opposed to the celebration and a law was passed in 1659 to fine anyone caught celebrat- ing on December 25. The law was repealed in 1681, but New Englanders and Quakers con- tinued to oppose making Christmas Day a celebration. The Hessian soldiers and other Europeans brought to America many traditions of gift giving and holiday festivities. Besides the tree lights, mistletoe, gift giving, caroling and other traditions were brought to this country b~ im- migrants. German settlers in Pennsyl- vania had Christmas trees in 1748. The green tree and red berries are symbols of Christ. The green stands for "everlast- ing life and eternity" and l:ed represents "His passion and death". The religious meaning of Christmas is symbolized by the Creche. St. Francis of Assisi is said to have originated the manger scene in 1223, with live characters and animals. Since then the Creche has been a part of Christmas in many homes. Many people write Christ- mas as "Xmas", which I dislike, but it does have a meaning--the X is the Greek equivalent of the "ch" sound and is taken to rep- resent the word Christ. The word Christmas is derived from the old English Mass of Christ. It was first called Christmas in 1038. CEOS Meeting The Summit Point CEOS Club will hold its Christmas party on Thursday evening, December 11, at the home of Elinor DeHaven. There will be a covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a short busi- ness session. Then, the evening will be filled with games, prizes, and an exchange of gifts. News Thursday, November 30, Mrs. Alice Moore Gertz, of Co- lumbia, S.C., spent the day vis- iting with the Creamers at Lo- cust Grove. Visiting last week with Mimi and Nick Snyder and family were Mimi's sisters, Lisa Zweifel, and daughter, Katie, Houston, Tex., and Nora and Mike Corra, of Parkersburg. Also a guest for Thanksgiving Military Corner ALLEN FORD, III Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Allen Ford, III, son of Vickie D. Ford of Shepherd- stown, and Allen Ford, Jr., of Churchton, Md., recently re- turned from an eight-month deployment while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, homeported in Norfolk, Ya. Servicemembers aboard Ford's ship participated in the insertion of a U.S. Marines and Sailors into Iraq as well as Monrovia, Liberia to provide support to *,Vest African forces who successfully established a safe area in order to conduct humanitarian operations. Ford's ship is an amphibi- ous assault ship whose pri- mary mission is to embark, de- ploy and land elements of a Marine landing force by heli- copter, landing craft air cush- ion or amphibious assault ve- hicle. Ford is a 1999 graduate of Jefferson High School. He joined the Navy in June 2000. BRUCE D, SHANTON JR. Navy Seaman Bruce I). Shanton, Jr., son of Consuelo L. and Bruce D. Shanton, of Charles Town, recently re- turned from an eight-month deployment while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, homeported in Norfolk, Va. Service members aboard Shanton's ship participated in the insertion of U.S. Marines and Sailors into Iraq as well as Monrovia, Liberia to provide support to West African forces who successfully established a safe area in order to conduct humanitarian operations. Shanton is a 2001 graduate of Jefferson High School. He joined the Navy in September 2001. Day was (:hristine Vernon, of Westminster-Canterbury in Winchester, Va. Callie and Bill Hale had the following guests for Thanksgiv- ing dinner: Callie's sister Liz McCormack, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and daughter, Leah, of New York City; Raymond and Ceil Frazier, Charles Town, and their family, Margaret Kersey and children, Erin and wife, Tracey and children, and Clifford and Denise Hale, Clark and Allison, Raleigh, N.C. Thanksgiving dinner guests of Betsy and Clayton Stagner were their children, Scott Stagner, Martinsburg, Sue Stagner and Robbie Osment, Middleway, Stephanie Stagner and Carlos Castro, Charles Town, and Brenda and chil- dren, Cory and Kala. Wedding Anniversary Noyember 16, Betsy and Clayton Stagner celebrated their 50th wedding anniver- sary, when their daughter, Sue, and son, Scott, hosted them and Betsy's friend, Jean Corbin, at a quiet dinner. More News Julie and RJch Blickenstaff, Julia and Lisa, spent Thanks- giving week in Florida. Carmen Creamer and son, Philip, spent Thanksgiving week with Carmen's father, David Weber, of Mainville, Ohio. Yours truly spent Thanks- giving Day with my daughter and family, Wallis Anne and John Magaha, Jennifer Magaha and Jimmy O'Looney, of Centreville, Va., and Jeffery Magaha, of Fairfax, Va. Hilda and Elwood Cheshire spent Thanksgiving Day at the home of their daughter, Debbie Seal. The dinner was hosted by Beat the Winter Blues with a Pampered Chef" PARTY! You book & IIl cook it~ ,/'Kitchen Shows J'Catalog Shows J'Fundraisers J'Themed Shows NOWBOOKING shows for Jan. & Feb.! Call Cara Young at; [304) 535-1344 & leave message when you book a show! r, Independent Kitchen Consultant Pampered Chef* Grand Opening/ Monday, December 8th Quilts "N Such 101 S. Mildred St. Ranson, WV 25438 304-724.9018 FABRIC BOOKS PATTERNS CLASSES FORMING Stop by for a visit, and don't forget to sign up for the Grand Opening DOOR PRIZES! Hope to see you there! I Mon-Sat I0-5 "t Wed 12-6 "Helping you build your family heirlooms Closed Sunday -one block at a time. & Western Music Dec 7, Stel)hanie and Larw Farley, of Hagerstown, Md. Guests were the Farley's son, .lake, John and Phyllis Cheshire, of Martinsburg, their daughter, Julie, and son, Timothy, of Gambrills, Md., Jennifer Washington and children, Win- chester, Va., and Patricia and Karl DeHaven and daughter, Amy, of Bunker Hill. Memorial Service . Friday, November 21, Leroy Cheshire, Elwood Cheshire, John Cheshire, Dutch Chesh- ire, and Nora and Lee Allen Drish attended a memorial ser- vice for Allan Timbrook in Bal- timore, Md. Burial was in Rom- ney. Recipes Cake Mix Cookies Combine 1 to 2 layer pack- age cake mix, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg, and mix well. Add 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Shape into small balls (two inch(,s~. Place (m ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350" tbr 6 to 8 minutes or until light brown. ( 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/4 cup brown sugar for richer cookies). (Add sugar with cake mix, oil and egg.) (Butterscotch chips may be used instead of chocolate.) Orant Mix together l lal{ ange jello and 1 113i water and 1 small frozen concentrate. smooth. Add 1 darin orange small can crushed Pecan pieces are Give the of Good A for Luxurious 304-, SHEPHERt A. You may have some loss of hearing. pitch (treble) sounds. 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