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From the Porch at Oak Crest
Thursday, December 13, 2012 • Posted December 13, 2012

It is December 10th, 2012 and it is cold. I do like the change of weather even if it is somewhat cooler. The good thing about Texas is we will have warmer weather in a few days. Cindy Leonard, RN, (Wesley Nurse) does our chair exercises and the next ones are for December 18th, 20th, 27th 2012. The last week of November will have no exercises. Everything starts at 9:30 am and screening will still be available every Thursday. Screening will be done right after the exercises at 10:30 am. This all happens at the Johnson City Housing Authority at 304 S. Ave. F., Johnson City, TX. And remember this is FREE for anyone, men or women and we have the nurse to make sure that we are okay. We started trading off different exercises for different days. It is a lot of fun and we have more and more people joining us. Combined Community Action (Meals on Wheels) happens right here at the Johnson City Housing Authority., 304 S Ave F. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10 am to 1 pm. This service is great and you may reach them by calling 830-868-4173 on the above days and times. We have awesome delivery help, but we are in need of one more driver. If you need a meal deliver, please call and if you can help deliver please call. We need your help. This is a very quiet week for us here. We all have our own Christmas thing to do, like bake, shop, visit, etc. Now, I am beginning to think about Christmas Eve and just what it all means to many of us. Christmas Eve is celebrated in different ways around the world, varying by country and region. Elements common to many areas of the world include the attendance of special religious observances such as a midnight Mass or Vespers, and the giving and receiving of presents. Along with Easter, Christmastime is one of the most important periods on the Christian calendar, and is often closely connected to other holidays at this time of year, such as Advent, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St. Nicholas Day, St. Stephen’s Day, New Year’s, and the Feast of the Epiphany. How many people have heard of the Christmas Truce? During World War I in 1914 and 1915 an unofficial Christmas truce took place, particularly that between British and German troops. The truce began on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1914, when German troops began decorating the area around their trenches in the region of Ypres, Belgium, for Christmas. They began by placing candles on trees, then continued the celebration by singing Christmas carols, most notably Stille Nacht (Silent Night). The British troops in the trenches across from them responded by singing English carols. The two sides shouted Christmas greetings to each other. Soon thereafter, there were calls for visits across the “No man’s land” where small gifts were exchanged. The truce also allowed a breathing spell where recently fallen soldiers could be brought back behind their lines by burial parties. Funerals took place as soldiers from both sides mourned the dead together and paid their respects. At one funeral in No Man’s Land, soldiers from both sides gathered and read a passage from Psalm 23. The truce occurred in spite of opposition at higher levels of the military command. Earlier in the autumn, a call by Pope Benedict XV for an official truce between the warring governments had been ignored. I love learning or reminding myself of history. Go here to read more Quote of the week: The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step…Lao Tzu Call me at 830-868-2776 with your news.

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