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Santa Claus Is Coming

He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake.

He knows when you've been bad or good so be good, for goodness sake!

Oh, yes, Santa Claus is coming to town.  Remember when you were a kid?  You had to be on your best behaviour at this time of year because you faced the threat of Santa knowing you were bad and maybe he wouldn't stop at your place on Christmas Day.

It sounds to me like that message still gets delivered.  We talked to a number of local children at this year's Santa Claus Parade in Moose Jaw and when asked the question, "What's your favourite thing about Christmas," most of the kids said "Santa."

I clearly remember not getting enough rest at this time of year when I was a boy.  It was that line in the song, "He sees you when you're sleeping."  I didn't like that.

My mom always made sure I made a snack for Santa on Christmas Eve.  She told me by the time he got to our house he'd be thirsty for a cold beer.  She was right.  She always was.

I think Rudolph took total control of the sleigh after Santa's visit to our place.

Merry Christmas!

Toy Days

Take a moment and think about it.  Think about some of the toys you received when you were a kid at Christmas.

Oh, I remember.  In fact, I could still find a few of them - packed away in boxes these days.  I kept them because I treasured them.

It's Christmas time and we all get a little sentimental. 

The Salvation Army will serve hundreds of local families in the coming days and we're asking you to help us help them make sure that each and every child from those families gets a gift this Christmas.  

"Toy Days"...on for one more day at Canadian Tire.  Hundreds of children from local, less fortunate families, will all get a gift this Christmas if we all chip in.

Take your pick

Search your conscience

Then just choose your cause,

And the miracle

Will be yours.

Do you recognize those lyrics?  Luba.  Giving Away a Miracle.  Merry Christmas.

Christmas Assistance

It's a wonderful program at the most wonderful time of the year.  The local Salvation Army accepts applications for Christmas assistance and, with the help of the community, they deliver food and gifts to local families who need the help.

I see a number of people on social media who are displeased with a more stringent application process this year.  Some are being turned away if they don't have their papers in order.  Why?  Well, it's about honesty.  

You see, in some cases, there have been families doubling-up on assistance - that is, both parents would apply and one family would get double the help.

I'm reading a story about a local family adopting another a couple of years ago.  The writer says they had a beautifully decorated home and a bigger TV than she had.

I'll also never forget a story about a family sending a relative to apply for assistance because they were away...on vacation...in Disneyland.

So, you see why our friends at the Salvation Army do what they do.  They want to help those who are truly in need of assistance.

Toy Days

Take a moment and think about it.  Think about some of the toys you received when you were a kid at Christmas.

Oh, I remember.  In fact, I could still find a few of them - packed away in boxes these days.  I kept them because I treasured them.

It's Christmas time and we all get a little sentimental. 

The Salvation Army will serve hundreds of local families in the coming days and we're asking you to help us help them make sure that each and every child from those families gets a gift this Christmas.  

"Toy Days"...on for one more day at Canadian Tire.  Hundreds of children from local, less fortunate families, will all get a gift this Christmas if we all chip in.

Take your pick

Search your conscience

Then just choose your cause,

And the miracle

Will be yours.

Do you recognize those lyrics?  Luba.  Giving Away a Miracle.  Merry Christmas.

Times Herald

Ironic?  I think so.

As you know, the Moose Jaw Times Herald put out its final issue yesterday.  They're all done.  It was no longer a viable business after 128 years.  

Like many newspapers they found it impossible to compete with the internet.  Not many were subscribing anymore therefore advertising revenues were way down.

Interesting, ironic then, that the final issue was completely sold out.  Some who attempted to buy an ad in the last paper were turned away.  The ad space was full.

Then, yesterday, when the final issue came out in the morning, local people couldn't buy them up fast enough.  I made 6 stops before I found an issue.

In fact, at one convenience store, the clerk told me one man came in and bought every copy they had.  He got them for family and friends forkeepsakes - a part of history.

All this love and all this support for our Moose Jaw Times Herald and I can't help but wonder, where were all you people when they needed you?

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