Logan County 12-25-15 by Dick Dickerson
Merry Christmas to you all! What a wonderful time of the year. A time of remembrance, a time to remember family and friends, a time to be thankful for all we have and a time to share with those less fortunate.
Do you remember the Nativity Exhibit at the Centennial Park in Nashville? What a wonderful site. Fred Harvey, owner of Harvey’s Department Store in Nashville, ordered a grand nativity scene from artisans in northern Italy. The very elaborate nativity scene was larger than life and had more than 75 statues of people, animals and buildings. There were colored lights that changed ever three minutes. There was also music – mostly older Christmas Carols that played all evening long. Mr. Harvey purchased the nativity scene in the early 50s and it was shown in Centennial Park for some 20 plus years. It became such a famous attraction that people came to see this magnificent display from all over America and much of the world. TV specials were made about the nativity scene and also shown through much of the world. Time eventually caught up with the papier-mâché exhibit when the statues began falling apart. The exhibit was sold to an out of town buyer and became an exhibit in a theme park in another part of the country. The memories of this great exhibit still live on today in the minds and hearts of millions of Americans.
I wonder how many readers went to Christmas Parades when they were growing up? I know that I have always loved holiday parades and especially remember those parades that my parents took my sister and I to each year. I also remember many other Christmas Parades over the years; the ones that I took my family to and those we watched on TV over the holidays. Those memories are so rich in my mind.
Saturday the 19 of December 12 family members sat at my dining room table and enjoyed yet another annual get-together. There was a special prayer said by the oldest family member present, lots of good food, lots of good jokes and the telling of family stories including some that the youngest ones present had never heard. Everyone received a couple of inexpensive gifts, we sang a few songs, took pictures and then all departed for their respective homes. It was an exceptionally fun time to be together again.
100 years ago war raged in Europe. An exceptional thing happened on Christmas eve on a long stretch of the front lines. Young British soldiers heard a young German soldier, with a very beautiful voice, singing Christmas Carols. Pretty soon soldiers on both sides of the battle lines were singing the same familiar songs. The next day a 24 hour truce was agreed to and soldiers and officers all joined in shaking hands, giving little gifts, sharing food and even playing a soccer game. The next day the soldiers were back in their trenches and the fighting resumed not long after that.
There have been poems, songs and many accounts written of this extraordinary event. Many of those same soldiers were later killed in the war. What a pity that so many Kings, dictators and heads of state love to go to war. Almost always they and their families are not involved in the fighting and do not pay the ultimate price that so many other families do.
Thanks to many of you who were kind enough to send a holiday card. I also appreciate the many invitations to share a good meal during the holidays. I am on a strict diet and trying very hard not to put on much weight during the holidays. I do so appreciate the warm thoughts.
One of my little Chihuahuas disappeared on Saturday December 19. She is a light brown female with some white on the ears. I am offering a $200 reward for information on her where a bouts. If you have any information please call me at 615-389-5495 or 270-571-0888.
During the holidays call two people that you have not spoken to in a long time. It will make you both feel good. If you go out to eat be generous with your tips to the waitress. Visit a shut in before it is too late. Tell people that you love them. Old people need to be remembered as do children. Just plain love people and be a good person.
Time to go. Good night sweet people and good night Mrs. Calibash where ever you are.
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.