Thursday, December 26, 2013

Another Christmas Gone

I love Christmas and no matter how weary I get with working in retail during the holiday, I'm always a little sad when it's over. There is so much time and energy spent on the day and then it races past like a locomotive. The good thing is, it will come back, a whole year, but it will return.
 Still, I miss it, maybe that;s why I don't mind when friends and I exchange gifts late, or Dad and I wait a bit to take down the tree. I like to make it last, to enjoy it to the last possible second before saying goodbye.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Striking the Set

Well, my church's play "Light of the World" opened and closed already. It went very, very well, thanks to everyone who acted, painted sets, ran the lights, and of course to our writer and director, and to our wonderful audience! I hope it brightened everyone's Christmastime, I know it did mine.
True, it made things a bit hectic for me, but it was completely worth it.
After church today, we cleared away all of the props and costumes. It was a bit sad, yes, I don't have to rush straight from church to work anymore, but I enjoyed it, not just the acting, but getting to know people in my church better, which is part of Christmas, being with people and helping them enjoy the holiday even more. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Concert

I attended my six year old nephew's school holiday concert. It was the first school even I've been to since I saw my best friend in seventh grade perform with her orchestra for her middle school.  I'd forgotten how cute they can be! They sang songs about polka dancing penguins, read poems about decorating Christmas trees and finished with "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." 
With everything that distracts us adults at Christmas, it's nice to remember that it all began with a Child, and the giving of toys, and the singing of songs, and even Santa, all point back to the real meaning of the holiday,  the Christ Child's love for all humanity. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Light of the World

On Saturday, December 21st, at 7:00pm High Point Baptist Church in Larksville, invites you to step back in time to 1940’s Holland to see how two different families celebrate both Christmas and Hanukah during the German occupation of World War Two.  Written and directed by church member and drama team member since 2006, Aimee Novak , the one act play entitled, "Light of the World  displays how the two families, one Christina and the other Jewish react to the increasingly difficult times in which they live. When asked how she chose the time period of the play, she explained that has been inspired by the book, "Diary of Anne Frank" ever since her mother gave it to her as a child. “It really struck me in a very personal way.  At the time I first read it, Anne was just a little older than I was, and she and her family had endured so much.”
Novak also incorporated the theme of friends willing to endanger themselves for the sake of others into her play. “The Franks were very lucky in that they had friends on the outside who helped them.  Many individuals risked their lives helping Jews hide from the Nazis, bringing them food, cutting into their own rationed supplies.  They risked so much to do the right thing.  They drew a line and said, "We will do what is right, no matter the cost."  This concept is displayed throughout “Light of the World”.
While the play and it’s inspiration are set in the 1940’s, Novak feels the theme of love, and selflessness are timeless. “I think it causes you to look at things in a fresh way.  The clothes and environment may seem different so it catches your attention.  But despite the differences, fundamentally, it causes people to realize that people and the struggles they face, and the emotions they feel are the same.  Whether it's 2013 in America, 1943 Holland, or 30 AD Jerusalem, we all share the same feelings.  There are struggles and triumphs, fears and doubts, joy and hope.  These things transcend time.”
These common threads that run through history have the potential to bring mankind together despite their differences, and that is just what Novak and the cast hope to accomplish. “I would like for it to be a bridge, a way to open a dialog, in particular between Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews), to let our Jewish brothers and sisters know that they are loved,” she explains. “I hope it makes people think.  First, that we should never forget the Holocaust and the horrors of the past.  But I also hope that we can use it to look to the future, to build connections, to ignore trivial differences and love others unconditionally.  Most importantly, I hope that it will be a light in the darkness, to show the way to the true Light of the World, Jesus Christ, the long awaited Messiah who came to earth in human form, suffered and died on a cross, to take away sin and offer the free gift of salvation to anyone who is willing to look toward the light instead of turning from it.”
High Point Baptist Church’s drama team has been performing mainly Easter dramas since it began sixteen years ago. “Drama transforms written words on a page into a tangible experience by giving it form, texture, color, and faces, and brings truth to light,” Novak says. The play will be performed at the church at 919 Mountain Road, Larksville, on Saturday, December 21st at 7:00pm; admission is free. More information about the church and the play can be found at  or by calling 570-371-4404.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Santa Hat

I know the Christmas spirit has hit when I take out my Santa hat to wear at work. Little kids at the store always seem to get so excited when they see me in the hat, they smile, laugh, and tug on their parent's sleeves.  I've never really got that to be honest, especially when some kids call me "Santa". I look nothing like Santa, save for the hat. Then today it hit me, maybe their not that confused as to think a short woman is the jolly , chubby man, maybe it's the symbol they recognize, the symbol of charity, love, and generosity that most of us adult forget in the midst of Black Friday lines and T.V.adds. Maybe, as the old cartoon says, "Christmas doesn't come in a store, maybe, just maybe, it's a little bit more."