What a wonderful time of year the Christmas season is ... the parties, parades, carols, the gathering of families and giving and getting of all those gifts. Thereâ€™s absolutely no surprise that most people will tell you this is their favorite time of the year.
But enjoying what is for most of us our favorite time of the year, we need to remember the â€śreason for the season.â€ť
We write this every year in this space for good reason.
Every year on Dec. 25 we Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thereâ€™s absolutely no doubt the Festival of Lights at Comanche Trail Park will once again be a major attraction for Big Spring during the Christmas season when the display opens tonight at 6:30.
Poinsettias, arranged around and reflected in the waters of the historic Big Spring and those lining the dam along U.S. 87 grab the eye, but they are just a few of the attractions at this, the 14th annual Festival of Lights.
Workers always have something new and better than the year before when the Festival of Lights opens.
Thereâ€™s not any doubt about it, the holiday season is in full swing. Everywhere you look around Big Spring, Christmas decorations are up.
Itâ€™s a Crossroads Christmas, and there is none better.
Stores seem to be getting a little busier. Thatâ€™s not really a surprise because, as usual, with just a handful of shopping days remaining before Christmas, most of us havenâ€™t finished all of our holiday gift shopping.
And thatâ€™s why we want to take this opportunity to again remind our readers that weâ€™ve found thereâ€™s no better place to shop for Christmas gifts than right here in Big Spring.
As a writer and columnist, I try my best to pick my topics wisely, shying away from the pointless whining we can all be prone to â€” especially during the holiday season â€” and concentrating on the positive aspects of everyday life.
However, even the best of us sometimes give in to the nagging and perils of the world, and the soap box gets pulled out in preparation for a rant that might make the likes of an intoxicated Mel Gibson say, â€śWow, that's pretty heavy!"
Weâ€™d like to take a few moments to say thank you to those individuals, businesses and groups who helped make the Big Spring Herald Lighted Community Christmas Parade something of which we can all be proud.
Weâ€™ll not mention anyone specifically because it takes literally a hundred or more people to pull it off and make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
Skip Burcham, who maintains the lighted display at the water tower, proclaiming Big Spring as the Lighted Poinsettia Capital of Texas. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, some 18,400 vehicles pass the display a day. Thatâ€™s quite an advertisement for our city!
EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED to the Operation Christmas Child program that collected 1,021 shoe boxes full of gifts for needy boys and girls around the world. Thatâ€™s outstanding, Howard County!
Browsing through the news wire is almost always entertaining. You'll find news to depress you, news to uplift you, news that will shock you and news that will make you want to bang your head on your desk just from the sheer stupidity of it all.
Then, there's news that surprises you, but really shouldn't.
For instance, did you know that the hallowed holiday tradition of Christmas caroling was started by a bunch of drunks?
Itâ€™s time to relive your childhood. Seriously, you can do it.
Remember that cool toy truck you wanted but never got? How about that glow-in-the-dark yo-yo or a motorized anything? Santa brought you the one that would roll about four feet if you rubbed its wheels across the carpet real, real fast.
Maybe you got the no-name doll that stayed mute instead of Chatty Cathy or a Barbie.
The word came down Monday â€” Howard County commissioners approved a burn ban at the request of Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan in hopes of staving off wildfires that could be nothing short of catastrophic.
Yes, itâ€™s a strong word, but one need only remember the grassfires that turned into far-ranging wildfires in the Coleman area a few years ago, or the seemingly annual fires in Southern California to understand that all it takes is a small spark to spell disaster.