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lOB Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001 - Bulletin, Progressive, We stood in a circle looking at the Christmas tree. "That is the most per- fect Charlie Brown tree I have ever seen," my husband's son-in-law said. My husband beamed. He had never seen "A Charlie Brown Christmas." That was the first and last time we rive in time to participate. the hint and went off alone. That was the year we found most perfect tree, so it was1 just as wen, because we didn't O1' fight over it. [1"| One Christmas, when Kristin let my husband go off into the woods COATES safely in preschool and Carly wa lI I a toddler, we bundled Carly up tnlUBLL alone in search of a tree. Somehow, MANAGING EDITOR snowsuit and headed into the BER, P! Most Americans will celebrate the we made the best of it--much like We climbed higher and higher lx _OUNW F holidays with a different sense of pride Charlie Brown's friends did, with lots and athermos of hot chocolate andthe mountains and found oursel L thisyear. Whether you believe in Is- of ornaments and bows. head into the woods. It always started trudging through knee.deep snodT :SvU e lam, Christianity, Judism or another Ever since, we have purchased our . me faith, the holiday feeling is in the air. tree from the Boy Scouts. This year's off ala Norman Rockwell, but it never searching for the perfect tree. Thaw Whi American culture places the winter is particularly beautiful. My husband quite ended up that way. The children just like in a scene from "Nation ound always got too cold, the perfect tree holiday season, said, though that next year he plans was always far offthe beaten path, Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, are...Yo whether you cele- to scout for the tree on horseback and tree was revealed. then drag it home at the appropriate and inevitably, we had at least one hair-raising moment when it seemed .. ttie jeep ould plunge off the cliff or time. I can just imagine what a tree will look like after it has been we would be mired in snow for the season. One year, we combined the outing with my family's Thanksgiving visit. I thought it was fun, but the next year, my siblings had.one excuse after another as to why they couldn't ar- dragged for miles behind a horse. I guess it will just have to be another Charlie Brown tree. There was a time, when the girls were young, that hunting for the tree was an annual event: Their father and I would pack the jeep with treats =i~ "' ; Actually, our family mind me more of the Chevy version of Christmas than the Jimmy Stewart version. my five siblings and congregate, it always becomes irreverent and we revert hood personas. Of course, as the oldest, I try to: still a sense of decorum in the ties. One Thanksgiving, aRer ing a moving episode of the Show," I suggested that we ] around the table as they did show, and each say what we were grateful for. Right. Instead, we It the rapid fire version of"Bless u Lord, for these thy gifts... My bl er, the designated grace giver, ca pause for a breath or he'll forget words. There was also the year I tried encourage everyone to dress up in the holiday movies where all guests are elegantly attired. : again. If you're going football and basketball, it jeans. Finally, I gave in and realized family is who they are and I love ...... I them for it. Just as everyone ............. ........ ...... : J appreciating the Charlie Brown I Christmas tree. It isn't the tree, i deorations or the outfits that " J'~" ........ P~rga~,~biJr~p'sy"of~ane K]einer I , it's *he s, irit },,,;,~;~IrlO l VII~, , -riO:) ~SW ii(};] aOiI'lO;il, li~L .', M. 2 ~ ...... - " . /. and it s love.: Remmbe KERITABORSJ I HISTORIAN 50 Year Ago ............. 1951 10 Years Ago. ......... .19 1 Total receipts of the Plumas National For- Jim Brock announced his retirement est in 1951 were $3,211,321.05 of which the position of Plumas County Plumas County received $675,144.93. Most of Department this week. A Plumas Plumas County's revenues come from tim- employee since February 1966, a ber sales, grazing fees and land rental. Road Commissioner for ten years Repairs to the roof of the courthouse and county's first public works director, he installation of a fire escape at the county tiring after a quarter of a century hospital were included as recommendations thecounty. of the 1950-51 grand jury report filed this week. NOTE: Items includ in the weekly 25 Year Ago ............. 1976 her When column are taken from our Lois Alexander was this week appointed edition newspaper archives and Plumas County Tax Collector-Treasurer to writing style of that particular replace Douglas Redstreake who is retiring spelling and grammar are not edlt effective February 28 of next year. Mrs. copy is presented as it actually Alexander, who is presently assistant tax the original newspapers. collector, has worked in that office since 1959. brate Christmas or not, into the forefront. It's part of the American experience, and that's probably true in many other nations as well. But this holiday season is different, for obvious reasons. It's the first time in 60 years we've celebrated the holi- days with a major national crisis in the background. Like Pearl Harbor, the terrorist at cks on Washington, D.C., and New York have altered our view of the world. Slowly but surely, the American pub- lic has regained some of the comfort and ease that marked our society be- fore Sept. 11, 2001. At the same time, there's a new wis- dom, a new spirit, a new way of being. The country has learned to appreciate the abstraction of what it really means to be an American. We love our free- doms a little more than we once did. We respect our friends and neighbors a little more than we once did. We un- derstand the challenges and responsi- bilities of being citizens a little more than we once did. What the terrorist attacks accom- plished is extraordinary. Rather than weaken the fabric that makesthJs country great, -the attacks restored(pe renewed us, enlivent