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I can’t believe the Christmas season is already here. This year I decided to start our family’s Christmas preparations before Thanksgiving. Most people are pretty opinionated on the subject of early Christmas prep. However, I made an executive decision and I’m sticking to it. I’m not the young, nimble father I once was, and the attic trips and outdoor decorating seem to take a little longer now. Plus, I seem to enjoy the process more when I allow myself more time to enjoy the moment. After all, Christmas only comes once a year. Our household dynamic may be different next year as Joey heads off to college. Maybe this year I’m more sentimental than normal because of that. I miss heading to Harmon’s Tree Farm with the family, sawing down the annual Christmas tree, sipping on hot cocoa and browsing the many Christmas villages and ornaments for sale. Now it’s hard to find a place where you can actually saw down your own Christmas tree. Thank you for reading this letter — consider it my Christmas card to you and your family this yuletide season. I hope we’ll have some snow flurries and chilly temperatures so we can burrow by the fireplace to keep warm. As Jesus celebrates another birthday, I’m thankful for all the blessings He has given me. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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and repurposed gifts from a juried selection of nearly 100 Southeastern artisans and makers. Enjoy snacks and sip local craft beer, wine, and mimosas. Admission $3; free for kids 10 and younger. Preview vendors online at craftyfeast.com. Rachel@craftyfeast. com for more information. Sunday, December 10 Christmas Open House Lexington Co. Museum, 231 Fox St., Lexington, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Experience Christmas traditions of the past as the museum hosts its annual Christmas Open House. This event features period decorations and refreshments. A blacksmithing and cooking demonstration will also be featured. Free admission. Sunday, December 10 Christmas at Red Bank Concert Red Bank UMC, 2909 Old Barnwell Rd., Lexington, 6:30 p.m. Join the fun at this 12th annual event. With over a dozen acts on the lineup, there will be local and regional musicians performing traditional and not-so-traditional Christmas tunes in a mostly acoustic format. Admission is free; offerings are accepted. Proceeds go to LICS. kevingoliver@gmail for more information. Tuesday, December 12 Holiday Lapsit Storytime Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Rd., Lexington, 9:30 a.m. Lapsit Storytime is an interactive program for babies and their caregivers with picture books, lap rhymes, fingerplays, and songs. Lex.lib.sc.us for more information.

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As I am sure you know, articles written for Lexington Life are turned in weeks in advance. The last time I had the opportunity to contribute was for the June issue, and my article was turned in the last of April. I wrote about looking forward to my youngest son’s wedding: He was marrying the love of his life on May 27, and I was going to have the privilege of performing the ceremony. Our entire family was going to celebrate together. But… Things changed. Early in the morning of May 26, my middle son had a massive brain aneurysm and passed from this life to the next. To say that was the worst day of my life would be a gross understatement. How do you prepare for the sudden death of your child? All of the hopes and dreams you had for your child suddenly come to a screeching halt, and you are left with the reality that you will never see him or her again this side of eternity. So how… How do you make it through the darkest days of your life? For us, it was simple. You trust the God who created you, who knows you, and loves you. You cast your cares on Him because He really does care for you. You ask and receive from Him His peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can comprehend. And you hold on to His promise that all things (even the bad) can work together for the good of those who love the Lord. Was it easy? No. Is it easy today? No. But I can say He has never left us and He will never forsake us. But what… What does this have to do with Christmas? Christmas is all about God becoming man and making His dwelling among us. Don’t go through this Christmas and miss the hope that is found in Emmanuel: God is with us! Northside Baptist 4347 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, SC, 29072 803-520-5660 • northsidebaptist.org Sundays: Lexington campus 9:15 & 10:45 West Columbia campus 11 a.m.

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Ericka DeAbreu Ericka DeAbreu comes up with the phrase she thinks describes her to a T: “Southern belle with a city-girl twist!” Deeply devoted to her career as a talent agent, she is proud of her small-town Lexington background, along with her success in the fashion and entertainment industries. Together, they have brought her down a starry path doing what she loves: staying on top of today’s fashion trends, while guiding aspiring young talent toward their own careers in modeling and acting. “I love Lexington, everything about it,” she says. “Born here, grew up here, some of the happiest years of my life were spent at Lexington High School. I remember plenty of fun along with good education, tons of friends and good times, as well as working on the yearbook staff where I learned a lot of team building skills that eventually helped me put together a great team at DeAbreu Modeling.” Ericka parlayed her enthusiasm for life into a fast-track career as a fashion model, a career that began at the age of seventeen in New York City. “In high fashion they think of 5’10” as the absolute height minimum for a runway model. After seeing my abilities in my audi-

“I love Lexington, everything about it. Born here, grew up here, some of the happiest years of my life were spent at Lexington High School.” tions, I was able to convince people that even though I’m only 5’8”, I could deliver what they needed and so they took a chance on me.” She went on to walk for numerous designers, including but not limited to: Viga Spiga, Twinkle, Stella McCartney, and Keanan Duffy. After enjoying success as a working model, at the age of 23 Ericka decided she wanted to launch DeAbreu Modeling Consulting in 2001 as a way to help aspiring local models and actors by giving them the tools necessary to make it in the industry. The rest is history and the agency has flourished. She has helped countless locals from the greater Columbia area land contracts with larger market agencies in Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta and more. She discovered Coy Stewart who is now on the television series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as well as Desiree Ross who is starring on the OWN Network’s “Greenleaf.” A large part of Ericka’s mantra centers on self-confidence. Through her training, she equips her talent with the confidence that allows them to audition for agents and casting directors in larger markets with their heads held high, knowing that they belong there. Being adaptable helps, too, along with enthusiasm for your goals. “This is the purpose in my life,” she says. In addition to training local children and adults in modeling and acting, she hosts charity fashion shows benefitting such causes as Autism Awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Kids Cancer Research. This Lexington girl also loves spending time with her beautiful family, exercising, and traveling when she isn’t hard at work. n lexingtonlife.com

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If it’s Christmas, that means Christmas music and one of the songs you are almost certainly going to hear more than once is Bing Crosby singing ‘White Christmas’. The song has become synonymous with the festive season, and is the best-selling single in the world, with an estimated over 100 million sales since it was first heard in the early 1940s. lexingtonlife.com

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he song was written by the songwriter Irving Berlin, one of over 1,500 popular songs that Berlin wrote during his long career, many of which have become classics. At the time he was staying in la Quinta, California, and he probably missed the snowy winters that he was used to in New York. Berlin rather modestly described the song as being one of the best songs ever written by anybody. Bing Crosby, one of the most popular performers of the time, first performed ‘White Christmas’ in public on a radio show on Christmas Day, 1941. At the time, the United States had unwillingly become involved in World War II, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Part of the song’s popularity during the 1940s is due to the vivid reminders of home that it must have evoked to the thousands of servicemen posted overseas, who didn’t know with any certainty that they would ever see another Christmas. Add to that the nostalgic longing for a time when Christmas was simpler and not so commercialized, and the fact that listening to music on the radio was still a novelty, and it isn’t hard to see why ‘White Christmas’ was such a hit. The following year the movie Holiday December 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 15


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Inn was released, and the song was also released as part of an album of songs from the film. Initially nobody paid too much attention to that particular song and it wasn’t until October, 1942 that ‘White Christmas’ shot to the top of the hit parade, where it remained until early the following year. From 1942 until the early 1960s the song entered the pop charts again almost every holiday season in the United States, and was featured in Crosby’s 1954 film White Christmas. In April 1975 it was played on Armed Forces Radio as a secret and pre-arranged signal to indicate the evacuation of Saigon in Vietnam. And in 1999, the song was chosen by National Public Radio as one of the 100 most significant musical works of the 20th century. Crosby recorded the song again in 1947, as it had become so popular that the original copy of the song had been played so many times that it had literally worn out. However, despite its popularity in America, ‘White Christmas’ didn’t become a big hit in the UK until the year that Bing Crosby died, in 1977. Hundreds of artists have recorded their own version of ‘White Christmas’ since it was first played, ranging from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, to the Beach Boys and Lady Gaga. It’s become a staple of Christmas music concerts and TV specials, and whether you like it or not, you’re bound to be singing it to yourself sometime during the holiday season. n

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“I’m very proud of the volunteers for the way they are,” says Ann Bethea, the current director of Volunteer Services at Lexington Medical Center. “I get comments just like every other department… about how they (patients) were treated... I would say 98 percent of the time, the comments I get are ‘your volunteers were great! They made us feel welcome.’” Director Bethea has been employed by the hospital for 32 years, and half of her career has been within Volunteer Services. She describes her position as “by far the best” because “you get to come here and work with people who actually want to be here and do good things. They are here because their hearts are big.” LMC’s volunteer program began the same year the hospital opened in 1971 with a team of 80 active members. Since then, several volunteers have served for more than 40 years, and one of the founding members is still delivering flowers to patients today. By 2016, that small army had grown to about 300 volunteers, and these unpaid workers had contributed a total of more than 60,000 hours of service during that year. Not all of the volunteers are human, and arguably one of the most favored is a friendly black therapy and service dog named Scrappy. His partner, Robert Michelsen, is a retired high school teacher, and together, they have worked as a team at LMC for the past four years. Their relationship began when Mr. Michelsen requested the “biggest, wildest, black dog” from an animal shelter with the intension of training him so he could become adoptable. Right away, the two embarked upon an exciting journey when Mr. Michelsen rescued 18 | LEXINGTON LIFE | December 2017

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and one of their primary purposes is “to provide equipment, services for patients and the community.” Various fundraisers, such as December’s Share Your Love with a Light campaign, and all proceeds earned at the hospital gift shops are designated for their projects, which have included stocking the courtesy cart, purchasing playground equipment for the hospital’s child development center, funding the mobile mammography vehicle and its 3D technology, and awarding more than $75,000 in nursing and other academic scholarships. Their latest project is the renovation

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Gilmer also shares the interesting fact that, of the 1900 people who come to work every day at CAE, only 58 actually work for directly for the airport. Another operational fact, according to Gilmer, is that the airport, with its size, operations, and even collective payroll, is 100% self-sufficient, utilizing no state or local tax dollars. Airport funding comes from federal money, rent from the various agencies that operate on and around the campus, general aviation, and, of course, the commercial airlines that fly in and out daily from Columbia Metro. “The way that multiple agencies and companies work together is truly amazing,” says Gilmer. Citing the processes that go on behind the scenes, starting as early as when a plane lands and taxis up to the terminal. “It’s almost like NASCAR,” he says, making reference to the process of the arrival of a plane and the preparation for a departure. When a plane rolls into the terminal, before the “captain turns off the seatbelt light,” the wheels are chocked, and ground power is connected to the airplane, so that it isn’t burning fuel to generate the needed power for the rest of the time in the terminal. While passengers are deplaning, the pilots are reviewing the departure flight plan and working with air traffic control to ensure an on-time and safe departure. The ground crew almost immediately begins unloading baggage and cargo, loading onto belts that will carry the items to baggage claims on the other side of the airport. While these three events are happening, the fixed base operator (FBO) is refueling the plane, while the airline restocks provisions such as snacks and beverages. The ground crew, after offloading all the cargo, takes the new baggage and loads it into the plane for departure. As passengers board, the captain completes a visual inspection of the plane, looking for any potential concerns. After the plane has been refueled and stocked, visually inspected, and passengers loaded, the captain reviews not only the passenger list but verifies the weight and balance of the plane. The weight and balance refers to exactly that – where the weight, including cargo and passengers, is distributed throughout the airplane. When all has been checked and verified for safety, the plane is pushed back and taxied out to the runway for departure. As the traveler hands his or her bag over to TSA, it is inspected and transported prilexingtonlife.com

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5 Ways to Bring the Magic of Christmas to Other People by Kristen Carter

For many people, the month of December brings the promise of newly fallen snow, the joyous sound of Christmas carols, and the festive laughter of children opening gifts. For other individuals, this time of the year is filled with the loneliness that comes from having no one to share the holidays with or the sadness that develops from not having enough money to spend on gifts for cherished loved ones. If the holiday spirit is in your heart this year, why not consider one or more of the following options for bringing the magic of Christmas to other people? Donations to Local Food Pantries The holiday season offers an excellent opportunity to give to people who are less fortunate than you are. The supplies at food pantries are often depleted, particularly with Christmas arriving shortly after Thanksgiving. Just contact your local food pantry to find out which items are needed the most. Alternatively, you might want to donate foods that are in high demand during the holiday season including cranberry sauce, gravies, stuffing mixes, crackers, and pet food. You should ask if the pantry can accommodate fresh or frozen items before you donate them.

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