Striking a Balance – Enjoy the beauty of the season

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

Christmas Light Up Contest

The lights were fantastic! The three judges in the Clinton Area Light up Contest were out and about the evening of Dec. 14 checking out all the lovely displays. And there were lots of them. It was a difficult decision with so many properties decorated and lit up this year.

After much discussion the judges agreed that the best residential display was that of Dallas and Rebekah Bowen on Elliot Park Road. There were so many noteworthy displays that the judges decided not to list Honourable Mentions this year as that would be most of the properties viewed.

The award for best decorated Commercial goes to Gardenside Pottery and Gifts for their wonderful vintage window display. There were two Honourable Mentions in this category – Clinton Pines Campground and Country Squire Gift Shop. The scarcity of commercial displays was a little disappointing but the ones who did decorate did a great job. It helps enhance their businesses and make them more noticeable.

Thanks to everyone who put in the effort to decorate their properties for the enjoyment of others. The ultimate winner is the community itself.

There are more this year than most and it is worth the time to drive all around the community to see them. I only wish I had a good enough camera to take night photos. Maybe Santa will bring me one???

Candlelight Service

Everyone is invited to a Candlelight Service at Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle on Dec. 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service.

Christmas Eve Mass

St. Peter’s Catholic Church is holding a Christmas Eve Mass at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24.

They will also hold a New Year’s Eve Mass on Dec. 31 at 3 p.m.

Christmas Greetings

First of all, thank you to everyone who kept me informed about events, activities, etc. happening in our area over the past year. Your input makes my job that much easier.

Contrary to popular belief I do not know when something is going on unless I have been informed. I would much rather hear several times about something that is going on than not hear about it at all. So please let me know when your organization, group, class, etc. is doing something so I can make an effort to get there to cover it for this publication. I will not promise to make every event as I have a very busy life but I will do my best.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2014. And, yes, I said “Merry Christmas”. I am sorry if that offends anyone. I was raised to say Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays (there are several holidays throughout the year!) or Seasons Greetings. If you wish me a Happy Hanukah, or Happy Kwanza or whatever your greeting may be I will not be offended. I will smile and return your greeting.

So, with that said, Merry Christmas everyone!

Susan Swan