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8B Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter ED,ITORIAL AND OPINION EDITORIAL ali can joy experience e oli It's a Captain Obvious statement that Christmas is a feel-good time for many. Children's excitement can be over the top with Santa, Elf on the Shelf, presents and countless sweets. Family and friends coming home for Christmas produce tears of happiness. General nostalgia of times past and beloved stories warm the heart in the Christmas season. But for some, Christmas can be one of the most difficult times of the year. The Christmas season can accentuate loneliness, bring back painful childhood memories and cause extreme stress. Why is it that the Christmas season can be such a source of happiness for some but sorrow for others? First of all, we as Americans have an obsession with happiness. We tend to think that our fundamental objective in life is to be happy. So it's no wonder that the Christmas season brings out the best and worst emotions in us. We are the happiest or the saddest because the very thing that we lust for, happiness, is found or lost during this season. According to a recent Gallup Poll the happiness level of Americans is at a four-year high. This sounds great! But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 40 percent either do not think their lives have a clear sense of purpose or are neutral about whether their lives have purpose. Nearly a quarter of Americans feel neutral or do not have a strong sense of what makes their lives meaningful. It seems that we need something more than happiness to give our lives meaning and purpose. If sadness dooms us to be outcasts and failures in a Society obsessed with happiness, is there any hope this Christmas? I believe we are offered great hope this Christmas not in an emotion like happiness or sadness, but in a state of being. I believe that we can have joy! The Bible gives us a word to describe Christmas that offers hope to both the happy and the sad --joy. The word joy transcends happiness because one can be joyful no matter what the circumstance. According to the Bible, joy and sadness are not a contradiction. Joy is a deep-down matter of the heart that comes from being right with God through faith in Jesus Christ. The human soul longs for this kind of joy and peace. And is offered to all by God. This is why the popular Christmas carol says, "Joy to the world! The Lord is come." This joy in the Bible carries the connotation of cheerfulness, gladness and even exceeding happiness. Though life's circumstances can be sad, difficult, and:e - ea t.ragic people Dave joy because of a God who loves them, forgives them their wrongdoings, makes them right with Himself, and offers eternal life in heaven. This is where true joy is found. This is why we are offered hope this Christmas that soothes the weary, battered soul. Joy is available to all. The Christmas narrative in the Bible is full of people who find joy and rejoice in the birth of Jesus. These people are rich and poor, happy and sad, powerful and weak, religious and secular, young and very old. There could not be a more diverse crowd. Yet they all rejoice when this baby is born. Jesus' family was not significant in terms of wealth, name or status. His birth was not befitting a king -- he was born in a cattle stall, a manger. Yet the most powerful kings and the lowliest shepherds all worshiped Him. Because the Christmas narrative is about Jesus coming in the flesh to "save His people from their sins," we worship Him. Because the Christmas narrative offers hope to all mankind, we rejoice. We can have joy! There is overwhelming joy for the people in the Christmas narrative. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is full of joy because God chose her to mother the Christ-child. Zacharias and Elizabeth have joy and gladness because God has involved their child in making ready a people prepared for the Lord. The angels and shepherds are joyful because they are giving and receiving good news of great joy. All these people had joy because "today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." This is cause for rejoicing. Jesus is what will provide true joy in our lives. And this Christmas season joy is available to all who put their hope in this Christ-child. This is the true meaning of Christmas ---joy and peace on earth through Jesus Christ. Curtis Beeson is the pastor of the Meadow Valley Community Church. Feat blishing 6wspaper For breaking news, go to Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Dan McDonald ......... Managing Editor Jenny Lee ................. Photo Editor Ingrid Burke ................ Copy Editor Staff writers: Miriam Cody Michael Condon Makenzie Davis Ruth Ellis Will Farris Susan Cort Johnson Greg Knight Debra Moore Maddie Musante Ann Powers M. Kate West Aura Whittaker Sam Williams James Wilson Bruce has ulterior motive for tree attack "It's not the size that matters, right honey?" I asked my wife, Amy, as I dragged our dinky little Christmas tree into the living room last week. "Keep telling yourself that," Amy responded, roiling her eyes. She was obviously not impressed with my double entendre. Within the last year, we moved into a smaller place, and had a child. A lack of space mixed with all the new children's stuff we've accumulated meant we didn't have room for a big tree like we've had in years past. Instead, we cut down a tree that Charlie Brown would make fun of. The tree stands about 3 feet high,.which makes it a whole lot easier to decorate. An ornament here, a couple lights there, and badda bing, badda boom -- it's done. Getting the tree up and decorated was the In:st thing we did last Saturday, freeing up the rest of the weekend. During this time of year, I like to do as little as possible. Watching movies and eating cookies is my ideal way to spend the holidays. Getting the tree business out of the way first was the best way to ensure a stress-free weekend. As we decorated the tree, our daughter Marjorie sat in her little chair on the couch, cheering us on with a little coo here and there. Our cat, Bruce, silently sat next to Marjorie on the couch, watching us. The shimmer of the ornaments seemingly put MY TURN JAMES WILSON Staff Writer jwilson@plu him in a trance-like state. Once we were done, it was almost lunchtime. I picked Marjorie up and headed into the kitchen. I was playing with Margie while Amy was making us sandwiches when all of a sudden, we heard a CRASH! I looked into the living room and Bruce was standing next to our toppled Christmas tree, pawing at one of the ornaments still attached. "Bad kitty!" I yelled at Bruce. "Meow," he responded. The allure of the shiny, round ornaments was obviously too much for Bruce. I set the tree back up, and immediately saw the problem -- the ornaments were too low. Bruce was able to reach the ornaments without even having to get on his back feet. I readjusted the ornaments so they were This week's special days NOT JUST AN ORDINARY DAY COMPILED BY KERI TABORSKI Not just an ordinary day....a sampling weekly notable special days and facts throughout the year. of December 24 Christmas Eve ATTENTION Kids of All Ages -- Follow Santa on as he makes his rounds (click on Norad Tracks Santa). 1955 -- Norad (North American Aerospace Defense Command) tracks Santa Claus for the first time, and becomes an annual Christmas Eve event. 1982 -- For the first time since the debut of Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" feature in 1927, the magazine names a non-human: the personal computer. 1986-- After 35 years on the air, the first daytime American television soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" airs its final episode. December 27 1927 -- The Broadway production of "Show Boat," considered to be the first, true American musical production, opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. 1932 -- Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City. December 28 1846-- Iowa is admitted as the 29th U.S. state. 1912 -- The first city-owned electric railway street car trolleys commence operation on the streets of San Francisco. December 25 ., .~ 0 . ~ .,v 2000 -- American retailer Montgomery :!iW itd ann0tth es tl a:t ,lS it going out of ...... "b Siness after 128 years. . ..... December 26 1799 -- About 4,000 people attend the funeral of George Washington, the first president of the United States, who died December 14 at the age of 67. 1963-- The Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is released in the U. S., marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level. December 29 1851 -- The n'st YMCA in the United States opens in Boston, Massachusetts. December 30 1948-- The Cole Porter Broadway musical "Kiss Me Kate," opens and later becomes the first show awarded the Best Musical Tony Award. (It ran for a total of 1,077 performances.) toward the top of the tree. I also made it audibly clear to Bruce that I did not want him messing with our tree any more. I figured that was good enough and headed back into the kitchen to eat my sandwich. Right as I was about to take a bite, I once again heard a Crash! "Meow," Bruce said, staring at me with a false look of innocence on his face. I called him a bad kitty, grabbed the whole tree and set it up on our bookshelf. Surely this would be too high for Bruce to reach, I thought. No success. Once again, before I could finish my sandwich, that feisty feline brought the .whole tree dowh. This problem, it occurred to me, was going to need an outside-the-box solution. I whipped out my phone and typed "How to keep your cat off your Christmas tree" into the browser. A picture of a cat wearing a Santa hat peeking through the tree was the first thing to pop up. I scanned over the rest of the results and found what I was looking for-- "How to Pet-Proof Your Christmas Tree." I had already moved the ornaments and the tree into harder-to-reach spots. If that fails, the article suggested, spray the tree with an odor your cat doesn't like. The article recommended bitter apple or citronella. I didn't have either, but I did have a bowl of oranges. If all else fails, the article suggested placing orange peels under the tree might do the trick. With nothing left to lose, I peeled a bunch of oranges and placed the cat-deterring citrus peels under the tree. I went back to the kitchen and sat down, hoping I could finally finish my sandwich. But of course, Bruce had other plans. Crash! Beyond irritated, I came back into the living room. "You are driving me crazy today!" I yelled. "Bad kitty!" "Meow," he yelled back at me. As he replied, I noticed what looked like a black smudge hanging halfway out of his mouth. I.bent down to look closer, and lo and behold, it was a carpenter ant! Bruce's real fascination with the tree dawned on me. He wasn't interested in the flashy ornaments, he was interested in the nasty little grubs he saw crawling on the tree. I picked up the tree and inspected it a little more closely. All over the base and crawling up the trunk onto the branches was an army of ants. Somehow, I had managed to pick a tree, cut it down, pack it into the back of the car, hoist it up into a tree holder and decorate it without noticing it was infested with ants. , Ala t ks to l e:&insistence on ..... , ' 'i 6iiit'irig this oiit to'm : We narrowly' ........ ax;6fded having our whole house infested with ants. "Good kitty," I commended Bruce while opening a fresh can of wet cat food as a reward for him. "Purrrrrr ..." he replied. Well, the rest of the weekend wasn't as laid back as I hoped it would be. Instead of watching movies and eating cookies, I spent my weekend cutting down another tree and clearing the living room of any ants that escaped before we got rid of the old tree. REMEMBER WHEN KERI TABORSKI Historian 75 YEARS AGO ..... 1939 Terrific savings on Christmas dinner foods advertised at local grocery stores: ham, 26 cents a pound; pork roast, 15 cents a pound; canned cranberry sauce, 10 cents a can; fresh cranberries, 13 cents a pound; celery, 13 cents a bunch; cauliflower, 13 cents a head; canned pumpkin, 3 cans for 25 cents. This Christmas season Quincy entered the claim of having the tallest outdoor Christmas tree in California. It is a 200 ft. Douglas Fir with 300 colored globes. It stands at the top of Radio Hill in view of most of American Valley. Merry Christmas! t 50 YEARS AGO ..... 1964 The last half of our bound volumes in our archives for the year 1964 (July through December) is missing and those historical items are not available to include in this Remember When column. 25 YEARS AGO ..... 1989 Christmas dinner groceries advertised in this weeks' newspapers: ham, 98 cents a pound; turkey, 79 cents a pound; butter, $1.69 a pound; stulTmg mix, 99 cents; canned cranberries, 69 cents a can; ams, 30 cents a pound; leaf lettuce, 49 cents a head; frozen holiday pies, $2.50 each. Advertisement-- Merry Christmas and Peace in the New Year from your Plumas County elected officials: Garret Olney, Justice Court Judge; Roger Settlemire, Superior Court Judge; Dick Mackenzie, Sheriff; Ila Diggs, Clerk; Ann Pattan, Auditor; Barbara Coates, Treasurer; Ernie Eaton, Assessor; and John Schramel, Don Woodhall, Joyce Scroggs and Bill Coates, Supervisors. 10 YEARS AGO ..... 2004 The Plumas-Sierra County Fair Board was awarded the Plumas County Business of the Year at the annual Wassail Bowl last week. This was the In'st year that the Wassail Bowl has been held at the Plumas County Courthouse, having been held at the Plumas County Museum since its inception for many years. Note: items included in the weekly Remember When column are taken from our bound newspaper archives and represent writing styles of that particular period. The spelling and grammar are not edited, so the copy is presented as it actually appeared in the original newspaper. Season brings thoughts of decorating a Christmas tree Editor's note: This column originally appeared in Dec. 2 editions of the Lassen County Times and Westwood PinePress. I have begun to think about Christmas trees. December seems to trigger such thoughts. To make sure I was not alone I did a little Internet research and found at least 25 to 30 million other people are thinking about getting a tree to decorate. How do I know? That's how many real trees are sold each year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Living in the middle of Lassen National Forest I will not be purchasing a tree grown on one of the farms across the United States but instead I will make my selection from the choices found on these mountains. In this endeavor I am part of a minority -- 85 percent purchase precut trees and only 14 percent cut their own. while my thoughts turn to Christmas trees during the holiday season, some look for the perfect tree much sooner. In July, the National Christmas Tree Association holds a contest and the farm that wins has the honor of having one of its trees displayed in the White House Blue Room. This year a 20-foot Abies concolor, also called a white fir, from Crystal Spring Tree' MY TURN SUSAN CORT JOHNSON Staff Writer Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, will be featured in the Blue Room. Since 1966, the winner of this contest has presented the tree to the first lady. It is chosen in September by members of the white House staff who visit the tree farm. The trees for the white House must be close to perfection. When selecting a tree I do not scout out the perfect form, the one with evenly spaced branches. I have friends that seem to hike miles and Carefully view the tree from every angle. It's not that I oppose such careful selection, but my husband doesn't have the same commitment. He settles fairly easily after about an hour of searching. Usually I focus most of my attention on the top of the tree, but this year I learned it's not only important to look at the overall form of the tree but also the base. The first 8 inches of the trunk should be straight and if any lower branches need to be removed to secure the tree in the stand YOU need to be sure their removal will not ruin the shape. While there are always lots of tips and pointers on how to choose a tree, most do not remember the shape of their tree year to year. What they remember is the experience of picking it out and decorating it. Those who live in the area of the Lassen and Plumas fordsts are truly blessed for they can easily purchase a tree-cutting permit for a small fee from the U.S. Forest Service and go out into the forest as a family to cut a tree. Last year my husband and I drove up Highway 32 the day after Thanksgiving, which we spent with family in the valley. We began to count the number of trees we saw coming down the mountain toward Chico. I don't remembe.r what the f'mal total was, butit was amazing how many families had made the effort to drive to the woods to cut a Christmas tree. It is certainly one activity I do that makes the season special. t i t