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Go to at Canada Help, or follow the links from the Facebook page at Sponsor on behalf of yourself, or as a gift. Or drop by the centre with your donation.

Why do it

Your online sponsorship comes with an e-card for giving. Feel good about your gift, bring joy to your friend, and fill a neighbour’s belly.

Why the CRC needs it

As Powell River’s economy has changed and the price of housing soars, many families, seniors and workers are uncomfortably squeezed. The CRC served more than 20,000 visitors last year with nutritious food, life skills training, advocacy and a warm, friendly place to rest... plus much more. With no guaranteed annual funding, the CRC needs community support to keep the doors open. We need $25,000 to balance the budget before fiscal year-end March 31.

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CONTENTS COMFORT & JOY 2017 Light the Night

Trucks, trees, trains n' stars

Divine Recipes

From local chefs

It's All Good

Interview with Santa

Comfort's Carol Book

Sing with friends! And enemies.

Do you believe in miracles? Local faith leaders tell all

2017's ultimate toy list This kid knows. He's a kid.

Christmas & New Years

Eat all the things, then polar bear

A Child Knows

The true meaning of Christmas

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ON THE COVER The Wildwood Star, created by volunteers on the hill above Wildwood.

May your days be busy, and bright Have you ever heard the expression, "If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it"? The idea is, people who are busy tend to be capable and involved, and will surely execute whatever task you have for them on deadline, and with some style. This issue of Comfort & Joy features some of Powell River's busiest people. Many of the region's largest light displays are built by people with fulltime jobs and their own businesses, including Ryder Spick's Christmas Truck and the Wildwood Star. Local chefs, who sent us recipes, keep every pan on a flame over the holidays. And of course, December is faith leaders' season in the spotlight, with multiple events both sacred and secular. Often, I hear myself complaining about being busy around Christmas (in fact, I just overheard a gaggle on moms in the mall bemoaning their Decembers, too). On top of the usual pressure of work deadlines, I'm buying gifts, sending cards, entertaining, hosting out-of-town family, preparing my kids for Carols by Candlelight, their school performances, church pageants and much more. I'm not really complaining, of course. The swirl of the season is its own kind of joy - a reminder that, in mid-life, if you're lucky enough to be healthy, you really can take on quite a lot. Plus, family and community depend on you. So embrace this season's chaos, and when you see other busy people doing all the things, be sure to give them a high-five and a Merry Christmas.

PIETA WOOLLEY, editor | We welcome feedback from our readers. Email your comments to, or mail to Powell River Living, 7053E Glacier Street, Powell River, BC V8A 5J7. Tel 604.485.0003 No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior written consent of the publisher. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions that may occur. Š 2017 Southcott Communications. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. Complete issues are available online at

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Each December, dozens of Powell River's working folks take time away from their busy lives to

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ix years ago, Ryder Spick was visiting Courtenay with his family when he saw a concrete truck light up the night with Christmas lights. “I saw what kind of an impact it had on people,” said Ryder, “and I got a really warm feeling seeing it.” The Powell River contractor decided to do the same thing here, using one of the trucks owned by his family business, Spick and Sons. “I love Christmas. I love Christmas lights and I love trucks,” said the father of two girls. In 2011, Ryder decorated his own Christmas truck. The response from the community has been fantastic, he said. The project evolves every year. “We had 40,000 lights on the truck last year,” said Ryder. “This year we’re up over 50,000.” Buoyed by the community reception, the team added a second crane truck for the 2017 season. Lighting the trucks represents a time investment

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of about 400 hours. The shop at Spick and Sons turned into Santa’s workshop back in October. The company even pays staff to decorate the Christmas truck. Some staff also donate their time to the growing project. This year, the Christmas truck lit up for the first time on November 30 at the Ladysmith Festival of Lights. The next day, it went to Campbell River for the Big Truck Parade. From there, it went to Victoria for the December 2 Island Equipment Owners Association’s Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive. After the island tour, the Christmas truck came home to Powell River where Ryder will spend his evenings this month “cruising around the town and sharing the love of Christmas.” Ryder is often joined by daughters Anna, 11 and Megan 7. “The kids love it,” he reports. “This year they were old enough to help put the lights on the truck.” Comfort & Joy 2017

The girls helped decorate with their Grandpa, 88-year-old Warren Spick, who also enjoys helping out. He keeps the shop warm by stoking the wood stove. Ryder and the Christmas truck attended the Powell River Yacht Club’s annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 9. He also helped haul two 20-foot trees to the Recreation Complex, and then brought the lighted truck back December 8 for the big Winter Wonderland opening and light-up event. It’s a lot of work to decorate the Christmas truck but Ryder says it’s worth it. “I wouldn’t be able to do it by myself. It’s not just me. I have to thank Justin Milne and Crofton Greenwell, two employees who have donated so much and all the other employees and family and friends that help.” C&J

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Powell River's Tallest Christmas Tree Julian Welp & friends

In 2011, faller Julian Welp first climbed his neighbour's 110-foot Douglas Fir, attached a 16-foot-tall star to the top, and draped the tree with hundreds of feet of lights. Why? "I love Christmas," said the man behind Welper's Tree Service. Though Julian was very busy working this December, and the weather was less than cooperative, he still managed to climb up the tree with a buddy and drape about 2,000 feet of light strings over the branches. Head to Fernwood and Alberni for the best view. To fully appreciate the work that goes into the installation, search "Powell River's Tallest Christmas Tree" on YouTube for a stomach-churning video that shows what a feat this project truly is.

The Santa Train

Powell River Forestry Heritage Society

For weeks leading up to December 8 and 9, a gang of mostly-retired local men transformed the Powell River Forestry Heritage Society's miniature steam train route into a blitz of juicy-coloured Christmas lights. They are: Rob Clark (research scientist); Bob Johnson (industrial first aid attendant); Geoff Stubbs (high school teacher); Danny Parson (owner-operator of Quality Parts; Hans Maurer (owner-operator Hans' Bakery) and Mike Lister (operaPage 10

tions manager at B.C. Forest Service.) You wouldn't have caught the display if you were just driving around town, looking for lights - it's up at the Open Air Market, just off Padgett. The event has evolved to include much more than just the train. A bonfire, snacks, a visiting Santa and children's activities plus much more are offered by organizations as diverse as Therapeutic Riding and the CRC. What's it about? "It's an inexpensive, wonderful evening for kids," says Hans. Comfort & Joy 2017

The Wildwood Star

WIldwood families and friends Don't look for this star until Christmas Eve. That's when a group of friends and family lug a giant wooden structure up a Wildwood rock face. The tradition started 31 years ago, with longtime Wildwood resident Bob Stutt. He thought to light up everyone's Christmas Eve with a star shinning up on the hill. The Bird, Stutt and Brown families are the founders of the event, and still take the lead every year. But it's a Wildwood-wide initiative that involves many that makes it special for everyone. Machine operators Scott and Mike Brown are a couple of the main folk now responsible for keeping it going. "It was about keeping the tradition alive,” says Scott. “Then it became a tradition to get together." Want to see it? Just head over to Lois and Sutherland streets and look up on a clear night before 10pm. Fire Chief Terry Peters is also a helper, along with others that make the trek to the top of the mountain. A few years ago, he recalls, after Bob was too frail to climb the mountain, the Stutt family organized a helicopter to fly Bob over the site. Dressed Comfort & Joy 2017

as Santa Claus, Pete Bird came along, too. "When the duo flew over the star while everyone was setting it up, we looked up and Santa was throwing candy canes down on

"Wow! How Christmassy is that?" - Fire Chief Terry Peters

us. I thought, ‘Wow! How Christmassy is that!" The Star stays up until December 31. Volunteers visit it constantly. "They have a lot invested in time and effort to keep it lit over the holidays, and I often wonder about the equipment,” says Terry. “But it is the exact opposite of what you may think. Sometimes even donations have been left by hikers to help pay for the fuel. It really restores my faith. Ultimately, that is what Bob's inspiration was meant to do." "We go up rain, snow or fog," explained Scott. Here's hoping for clear night, gentlemen. C&J Page 11

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Divine Whip up a heavenly host of treats savoury and sweet this season. Powell River foodies show the way.

Note: this is Linda Wegner's Kaffee Torte. Find the recipe on Page 18.

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Merry Christmas

To you and yours, from the Marquis family.


“Planning a trip to the backcountry? Please use our local logging roads safely this holiday season.� ~ Bob Road building Excavating Drilling & Blasting Lowbedding Trucking Page 14

Site development Land clearing Selective logging Serving remote sites Bridge installations

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Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Chai Latte

By Cottage Creek Bake Shop's Janet & Lydia Lyon

By Fruits & Roots' Heidi Jackson

December is a time that you see fresh cranberries in the store. What else can you do with them other than cranberry sauce? Here's a recipe from my life in the 1990's that we still make today. Streusel: 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup butter Cake: 1/2 cup soft butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1tsp vanilla 2 cups flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup sour cream 2 cups fresh cranberries To make the streusel: Mix together all with a fork until crumbly. Set aside. To make cake: Cream butter and sugar for 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, soda and salt together. Mix approximately 1/3 of the flour and 1/2 of the sour cream into the butter mixture. Add 1/3 of the flour and remaining sour cream and mix. Add the last bit of flour. (Or... another way to say this is: Alternate the flour mixture with the sour cream and mix into the butter mixture).

A popular treat in-store, this chai latte would be nice on Christmas morning - and it's easy to make. To make the chai mix (yields about 1 litre): 6 cups of water 3 tsp ground cloves 2 tsp cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1 1/2 tsp cardamom 1/2 tsp ground allspice 6 Tbsp Maple Syrup 8 Tbsp English Breakfast Tea Leaves In a sauce pan add the water and spices, bring to a rolling boil for about 5 minutes. Take off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Then add the maple syrup and tea, bring to a boil for 5 minutes then take off the heat and let it steep for 10 minutes, then strain using a fine mesh strainer. Will last in your fridge for 2 weeks To make the Chai Latte: 1 cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk 1/2 cup chai tea mix 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (you can leave out if you prefer less sweet) Whisk in a sauce pan over medium high heat and till hot, pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Spread half of the cake batter in a greased/floured 10" springform pan. Sprinkle with half of the streusel mixture, then half of the cranberries. Layer with the remaining batter, remaining cranberries and top it all off with the remaining streusel. Bake 350 degrees for 60 minutes and test with a toothpick in the center. May need a few more minutes. Cool at least 10 minutes before you release the sides of the springform pan. Cool completely then enjoy with whipped cream, ice cream or just by itself. A very lovely moist cake!

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Wild Rice Dressing with Cranberries and Chestnuts By The Boardwalk Restaurant's Roy Blackwell 2 cups uncooked wild rice 2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth or turkey stock 2 cups water 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 1 1/2 cups whole roasted bottled chestnuts canned or fresh 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 1/2 cups halved lengthwise and thinly sliced carrot 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion 1 1/4 cups thinly sliced celery 1/2 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Cooking spray Preheat oven to 400°. Combine rice, broth, 2 cups water, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. (Do not drain.) Place rice in a large bowl; cover. Arrange chestnuts on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Cool slightly; cut chestnuts into quarters. Place cranberries in a small bowl; cover with hot water. Let stand 20 minutes or until soft. Drain and add to rice. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add carrot, onion, and celery; cook 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in herbs; remove from heat. Add to rice mixture. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, chestnuts, and pepper.

Ham and Cheese Scones By Dana Percy. Vetted by Community Resource Centre’s food program participants These scones are fluffy and flaky, savoury but not too salty, full of flavour and sure to be a show stopper for company or to enjoy on your own. 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp baking powder ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp salt ½ cup cold butter, cut into cubes ¾ cup + 1 tbsp buttermilk 1 cup shredded cheese 1/3 cup diced ham* 2 tbsp chopped chives Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, garlic powder and salt. Add cold butter, using a pastry cutter to work the butter into the dry ingredients until you have coarse crumbs. Stir in the buttermilk, cheese, ham and chives until a soft dough forms. Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 8” circle, about 1 inch thick and cut into 8 wedges. Place scones onto the prepared baking sheet place into oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm to the touch and lightly browned. Enjoy! *Can substitute ham for bacon or pancetta.

Spoon rice mixture into a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

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Shrimp & Scallop Gruyere By The Shinglemill’s Bryan Huff

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Peppered Maple Cream By the House of Culinary Magic's John Walls

Bryan’s great-grandfather’s favourite recipe. Weeknight winter comfort food 1 cup plus 3 tbsp butter 1 cup flour 4 cups milk 1lb processed gruyere cheese ¼ tsp garlic 1.5 tsp salt ¼ tsp white pepper ¼ tsp dry mustard 1 tbsp tomato paste 1.5 tbsp lemon juice 1.5 lbs scallops ¾ cup sliced mushrooms 1.5 lbs cooked shrimp Make the cream sauce of milk, flour, butter and cheese Add garlic, pepper, mustard, lemon juice and tomato paste

The Soup 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped 1 onion, peeled and chopped 2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped 2 tbsp butter 1 litre of homogenized milk To taste: coriander, salt and white pepper The Peppered Maple Cream 3 tbsp cream 2 tsp maple syrup 1 tsp ground white pepper Preheat the over to 325 degrees Season squash with approx. 1 tsp of cracked coriander, salt and pepper

Add 1 cup of scallop broth to the cream sauce

Place prepared squash onto a parchment lined baking sheet and roast until tender. Try to avoid developing too much color, check and rotate frequently to ensure squash doesn’t brown

Saute mushrooms in 3 tbsp butter

Sauté onion and garlic lightly in butter

Combine mushrooms, scallops and shrimp in the sauce

Place cooked squash, onions and garlic with milk and blend until smooth

Serve over rice and garnish with chopped walnuts and green pepper

Put soup through a sieve depending on your blender power (not needed with high power blenders)

Poach scallops with lemon juice and water (save the liquid)

Serves 10 to 15 people

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Note: I do larger quantities of the maple cream, and can whip it with a whisk.

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KAFFEE TORTE By Words of Worth's Linda Wegner The first year we were married (nearly 50 years ago!) one of my sisters-in-law invited me to come to her home once a week. She taught me so much about Ed's German culture and cooking - I was truly blessed, especially when she had four small children but she still took time to respond to my request for help. This was one of the first recipes I learned and it's still one of my favourites, flavoured with her love!

Mix together: 1 ½ cups flour 1 ½ cups sugar ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa 2 ¼ tsp baking powder Just under ½ tsp salt Beat together in a separate bowl: 2/3 cup water 7 ½ Tbsp oil 6 egg yolks Beat separately 6 egg whites Just under ½ tsp cream of tartar Combine mixtures 1 and 2 then fold into egg whites Bake at 350 for 45 minutes Split into layers and fill with 500 ml whipping cream 1 tsp Nescafé Vanilla and sugar to taste C&J

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Good It's all

Santa has a simple wish this year: he just wants all Powell River children to grow up with the chance to be happy. We sent investigative journalist Abi Woolley, 8, to get the full scoop.

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Santa • Have you been a good girl? Abi • Yes. Santa • And what do you want for Christmas? Abi • A pig. Santa • HoHoHo. Maybe a little pot bellied pig? I'll see what we can do, but you've got to be good. How about snow? Would you like snow? Abi • Yes. I was hoping it would snow today. Santa • It's too foggy. So not today. In fact, my sleigh couldn't land here because there's no snow. So I had to land over at the Comox Air Base and I took the big yellow helicopter over here. Did you see it flying around this morning? Abi • No... What do you mean by being 'good?' Santa • Well, you do what your mom and dad ask you to do, you brush your teeth, you do good in school. Why do you want a pig?

put right on your finger tips like a puppet, and it talks to you. (Editors note: Santa is referring to Fingerlings, one of the hot toys of Christmas 2017.) Abi • We have an Elf on the Shelf. Santa • What is an Elf on the Shelf? Abi • You get him, and he might leave you a note if you can touch him. I thought that you put your bad elves, the ones you don't like, into boxes, and send them to the stores. I thought that's where Elf on the Shelf comes from. Santa • No, but I do have a couple of elves I have to get after sometimes. You sure know a lot about elves. Abi • I always wanted a little elf. Santa • Do you have a brother or sister? Abi • Yes. I have a brother. He's 11. His name is David.

Abi • So my brother and I don't have to take out the compost.

Santa • And you don't always agree about stuff I guess.

Santa • The compost! Have you ever had a bear in the compost?

Abi • That's right. There's an old German legend about Krampus. If you were horrible - not just bad - Krampus would come with wooden sticks and hit you.

Abi • No. But when we were living in our old place, a big bear came up on our porch and stood up outside our front door. The door was made of glass. Mom told me and Dave to go hide under the covers. Santa • We have bears where I'm from too. Big white bears. Do you know what they're called?

Santa • I think I know the guy you mean. But that was a long time ago, on the other side of the world. I just want you to be a good girl, and to be happy.

Abi • Polar bears.

Abi • I am very good to my Elf on the Shelf. I made him a marshmallow. But then I ate the marshmallow.

Santa • That's right.... My elves have sure been busy this year. They've made a new toy that you

Santa • HoHoHo. Don't forget to help with the chores, and help those who need it. C&J

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Carol songbook Powell River Living's

Which songs will you sing?


hat’s your favourite Christmas carol? I have two, The Huron Carol (‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime) and Mary, Did You Know? We all have carols that resonate with us for different reasons but no matter what carols are your favourites, they usually put you in a festive frame of mind whenever you hear them. This issue of Comfort & Joy contains 14 Christ-

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Joy to the World in Tla'amin

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Carol of the Worker

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Jolly Old St. Nicholas

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Deck the Halls

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O Come All Ye Faithful

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

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I Saw Three Ships

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The 12 Days of Christmas

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

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What Child is This?

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Good King Wenceslas

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Away in a Manger

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Jingle Bells

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We Wish you a Merry Christmas

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mas carols and it is our pleasure to share them with you. Please take this Christmas music and sing with your friends and family. We hope you enjoy our selection of Christmas music and we hope that singing them brings you comfort and joy. ~ Isabelle Southcott

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Joy to the World - in Tla'amin ʔʊkʷšt ʔi qʷuns, qʷayɩgən Ookw'sht eee qwuns, qwayigun nɩštɛ gɩjɛ neesh'teh gij'je qol ʔɛʔana qol eh'ah'nah ta čuy šišʊƛɛ tuh chuy shee'shoo'kle nəm ga ʔəms wʊwʊəm num ga uhms woo'woo'uhm nəm ga ʔəms wʊwʊəm num ga uhms woo'woo'uhm nəm ga ʔəms wʊwʊəm num ga uhms woo'woo'uhm

Tla'amin Nation language coordinator Devin Pielle sent us this version of Joy to the World, as translated by Dr. Elsie Paul and Freddie Louie. Hear it sung by local folks on the Powell River Living Facebook page.

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Carol of the worker Hark all the things So many things Did all the things Still there are things Work time is here No time for beer Feeling quite old Fridge full of mold Ding ding ding dong There goes my phone So many beeps No time for sleeps One seems to hear Deadlines grow near From everywhere Filling the air Phone always rings While chaos sings Songs of great fear Crunch time is here Very very very very busy Very very very very busy Still emails send On without end Their awful tone Chills to the bone...... DING.

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Jolly Old Saint Nicholas Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is a popular carol that is believed to have originated with a poem by Emily Huntington Miller published as Lilly’s Secret in The Little Corporal Magazine in December 1865.

Deck the Halls

The lyrics of this song have also been attributed to American composer, pastor and school principal Benjamin Hanby who wrote a similar song in the 1860s called Up on the Housetop. The music has been attributed to John Pierson McCaskey a school principal and former mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who is said to have written the song in 1867. The “Johnny” in the song who wants a pair of skates is McCaskey’s son who died as a child.

Deck the Halls is a popular Christmas melody that dates back to the 16th century. It wasn’t always associated with Christmas as the melody comes from a Welsh winter song called Nos Galan, which is actually about New Year’s Eve. In the 18th century Mozart used the tune to Deck the Halls for a violin and piano duet.

Jolly old Saint Nicholas, Lean your ear this way, Don’t you tell a single soul What I’m going to say. Christmas Eve will soon be here, Now you dear old man, Whisper what you’ll bring to me, Tell me if you can.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la! ‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la! Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la la la la la la! Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, Fa la la la la la la la!

When the clock is striking twelve, When I’m fast asleep, Down the chimney with your pack, Softly you will creep. All the stockings you will find, Hanging in a row, Mine will be the shortest one, You’ll be sure to know.

See the blazing yule before us, Fa la la la la la la la! Strike the harp and join the chorus, Fa la la la la la la la! Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la la la la! While I tell of Yuletide treasure, Fa la la la la la la la!

Johnny wants a pair of skates, Susie needs a sled, Nelly wants a storybook -One she hasn’t read. As for me, I hardly know, So I’ll go to rest; Choose for me, dear Santa Claus, What you think is best.

Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la la la la! Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la la la la! Sing we joyous all together! Fa la la la la la la la! Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la la la la!

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O Come All Ye It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Faithful The text to this Christmas carol was originally in Latin and was intended to be a hymn. O Come All Ye Faithful Joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, Born the King of Angels; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. O Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word. Give to our Father glory in the Highest; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning, O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored. Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

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This is a poem and Christmas carol written in 1849 by Edmund Sears, pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts. It came upon the midnight clear That glorious song of old From angels bending near the earth To touch their harps of gold Peace on the earth, good will to men From heaven’s all-gracious King The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing Still through the cloven skies they come With peaceful wings unfurled And still their heavenly music floats Over all the weary world Above it’s sad and lowly plains They bend on hovering wing And ever over it’s babel-sounds The blessed angels sing Yet with the woes of sin and strife The world has suffered long Beneath the heavenly strain have rolled Two thousand years of wrong And man at war with man hears not The tidings which they bring O hush the noise, ye men of strife And hear the angels sing O ye, beneath life’s crushing load Whose forms are bending low Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow Look now, for glad and golden hours Come swiftly on the wing O rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing For lo, the days are hastening on By prophets seen of old When with the ever-circling years Shall come the time foretold When peace shall over all the earth It’s ancient splendors fling And the whole world give back the song Which now the angels sing.

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I saw Three Ships I saw Three Ships is my father’s favourite Christmas carol and I still remember him belting it out as he showered! He sang so loudly that we could hear him throughout the house. My father is a very enthusiastic (very off key) singer but he doesn’t let that deter him and he sings loudly in church and in the shower. The tune of this carol is a traditional English folk song and the words of this carol (of which there are several versions) were written by wandering minstrels.  ~ Isabelle Southcott I saw three ship come sailing in, on Christmas Day on Christmas Day. I saw three ship come sailing in, on Christmas Day in the morning. And what was in those ships all three? on Christmas Day on Christmas Day. And what was in those ships all three? on Christmas Day in the morning. Our Saviour Christ and His lady, on Christmas Day on Christmas Day. Our Saviour Christ and His lady, on Christmas Day in the morning.  And where they sailed those ships all three? on Christmas Day on Christmas Day. And where they sailed those ships all three? on Christmas Day in the morning.  All they sailed in to Bethlehem, on Christmas Day on Christmas Day. All they sailed in to Bethlehem, on Christmas Day in the morning.  And all the bells on earth shall ring, on Christmas Day on Christmas Day. And all the bells on earth shall ring, on Christmas Day in the morning.  And all the angels in heaven shall sing, on Christmas Day on Christmas Day. And all the angels in heaven shall sing, on Christmas Day in the morning.  And all the souls on earth shall sing, on Christmas Day on Christmas Day. And all the souls on earth shall sing, on Christmas Day in the morning. And let us all rejoice again, on Christmas Day on Christmas Day. And let us all rejoice again, on Christmas Day in the morning. Comfort & Joy 2017

The Twelve Days of Christmas The Twelve Days of Christmas is an English Christmas carol. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly and someone during that time wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. Some believe it has two levels of meanings, the surface level and a hidden meaning known only to members of the church. Each element in this carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children remember. The True Love in the song is not about a girl or boy in love but Jesus Christ because true love was born on Christmas day. Source: The Catholic News Agency (

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: A Partridge in a Pear Tree And then... 2 Turtle Doves 3 French Hens 4 Calling Birds 5 Golden Rings 6 Geese a Laying 7 Swans a Swimming 8 Maids a Milking 9 Ladies Dancing 10 Lords a Leaping 11 Pipers Piping 12 Drummers Drumming

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day is a Christmas carol based on the 1863 poem Christmas Bells by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Till, ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South, And with the sound The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good-will to men! It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And in despair I bowed my head; “There is no peace on earth,” I said: “For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead; nor doth he sleep! The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men!” Page 30

What Child is This? What Child is This? This carol’s melody is from the 16th century song “Greensleeves.” In 1865 the English poet and lay theologian William Chatterton Dix wrote a Christmas poem entitled The Manger Throne and a few years later Sir John Stainer merged 3 verses of Dix’s lyrics and “Greensleeves” to produce “What Child Is This.” What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary. Why lies He in such mean estate, Where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians, fear, for sinners here The silent Word is pleading. Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, The cross be borne for me, for you. Hail, hail the Word made flesh, The Babe, the Son of Mary. So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh, Come peasant, king to own Him; The King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone Him. Raise, raise a song on high, The virgin sings her lullaby. Joy, joy for Christ is born, The Babe, the Son of Mary. Comfort & Joy 2017

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Good King Wenceslas When I hear the 19th century hymn Good King Wenceslas I remember learning to play this on the piano when I was eight-years-old. I still know this carol inside out from all the times I practiced it but to this day, it remains one of my favourites. I love the story of how a king braves the winter weather to give alms to the poor on the Feast of Stephen.  ~Isabelle Southcott Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen, when the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even. Brightly shown the moon that night, though the frost was cruel, when a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel. Hither, page, and stand by me. If thou know it telling: yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling? Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain, right against the forest fence by Saint Agnes fountain. Bring me flesh, and bring me wine. Bring me pine logs hither. Thou and I will see him dine when we bear the thither. Page and monarch, forth they went, forth they went together through the rude wind’s wild lament and the bitter weather. Sire, the night is darker now, and the wind blows stronger. Fails my heart, I know not how. I can go no longer. Mark my footsteps my good page, tread thou in them boldly: Thou shalt find the winter’s rage freeze thy blood less coldly.

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Away in a manger Away in a Manger is a Christmas carol first published in the late 19th century and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. It's one of the most popular carols in Britain and a 1996 Gallup poll has it tied for second. Away in a manger no crib for a bed The little lord Jesus laid down his sweet head The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay The little lord Jesus asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing the baby awakes But little lord Jesus no crying he makes. I love you lord Jesus; look down from the sky And stay by my side until morning is nigh. Be near me lord Jesus I ask you to stay Close by me for ever, and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in your tender care, And fit us for heaven, to live with you there. Page 33

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Jingle Bells Author James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893) wrote Jingle Bells in 1857. The song was meant for a Thanksgiving program at a church in Savannah, Georgia where Pierpont was the organist but it was so well accepted that it was sung again on Christmas day. Since that time, it has become one of the most popular Christmas carols. Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go Laughing all the way Bells on bobtail ring Making spirits bright What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight! Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way. Oh! what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh. Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way; Oh! what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh. Comfort & Joy 2017

We Wish You A Merry Christmas We Wish You A Merry Christmas is a popular Christmas carol from the West Country of England. We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a Happy New Year. Good tidings to you, And all of your kin, Good tidings for Christmas, And a Happy New Year. We all know that Santa’s coming, We all know that Santa’s coming, We all know that Santa’s coming, And soon will be here. Good tidings to you, And all of your kin, Good tidings for Christmas, And a Happy New Year. We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a Happy New Year. C&J Page 35

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I had been struggling with writing about a specific miracle. But with one hour to go before the deadline a Facebook friend posted an experience this very morning that got me thinking about miracles. After working the night shift, tired and ready for bed they turn on their vehicle only to find the battery is dead. Through a series of fortunate events from the colleague who offered to jump start it, the prompt arrival of the tow truck, the speedy delivery of the battery and help from many “angel” people my friend was finally able to get some breakfast and well deserved sleep. For when you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired having friends and strangers reach out and help will “feel” like a miracle. Miracles are never a one-off. They are part of the everyday encounter with each other. So be realistic expect a miracle this Christmas. One is waiting. Rev. Faun Harriman St. David & St. Paul Anglican Church

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On September 21, 2014 I witnessed a miracle: 70,000 Indigenous Canadians and their non-Indigenous allies walking through relentless Vancouver rain on behalf of Truth and Reconciliation. From within the procession, I beheld a multitude of marchers, dripping and dedicated to right relationship. Miracles do not require suspension of belief in scientific fact. We can measure rain and count people. Miracles do require willingness to observe events and consider their transformative power for social and personal change. Many of us believe this power is divine. A miracle doesn’t depend on where we believe it came from. It depends on what we do after we’ve seen it happen. Rev. Dr. Paula Sampson Faith Lutheran Church Comfort & Joy 2017

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The miracle that I am witnessing is the series of events that lead to the idea to build a medical clinic in my home village of Irudayampattu, India. It started with a call from a local doctor, Stephen Burns, who visited India and set up a clinic under a tree in my village and then mused about the need for a permanent medical clinic. There are 60,000 people in the area and they are suffering because of the lack of any medical care, either preventative or emergency care- a simple snake bite can lead to death without intervention. I have seen the generosity and selflessness of so many Powell River community members who have come together and work tirelessly to make this dream a reality. The miracle just keeps unfolding before my eyes. Fr. Arokiadass Lazer (Fr. Dass) Assumption Catholic Parish Comfort & Joy 2017

Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.� Whether you're a believer or not, you'll want to read about these miracles local faith leaders say they've witnessed. What does "miracle" mean to you? Page 37

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John was homeless, but was he really? Or, was John’s home just so much bigger than I could see? Was his home each place he laid his head and took a step? John was unmanageable, temperamental, and troubled; he pushed us all to our limits. He made us all uncomfortable. But in retrospect John was misunderstood, mislabeled, and mistreated. He just didn't fit. But a funny thing happened. Once I got to know John a little more, I found him to be a real joy. We ended up loving him. We met him on a human level. John became a friend, a friend who helped me learn better what it means to Love someone. You know, love is action, not just a word. John is gone, he left in the spring, I don’t know if I will ever see him again, but I know I will never forget how God used this man to impact me in such a profound way. Is this a miracle? It sure feels like one to me. What is Love? Find this answer and you will have found a miracle of your very own. Captain BJ Loder The Salvation Army, Powell River

“What's a miracle you've witnessed?” The miraculous Christmas gift we’ve experienced in God has three qualities that make this unique. This Christmas miracle includes a party. Specifically, a birthday party—for Jesus. It doesn’t matter who we are, what we’ve done, where we’ve been, or where we’re headed—this miracle is for us. God is not mad at us, He is mad about us! The second purpose we’ve discovered is the miracle of salvation. Salvation is typically defined as deliverance from sin, self, hell. It includes all of that, but it also embraces much more. We’re not only saved from something bad, but we’re saved for something good. And the third purpose of God’s miraculous gift is reconciliation. Peace with God, with others, and in our own heart. God didn’t send Jesus to bring us religion. He came to make a relationship with God possible. So, if we combine all of this, we will experience the miracle of Immanuel. God with us! Pastor Mike Martinig Kelly Creek Community Church

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A miracle I have witnessed is the fact that there are still believers in Powell River Churches. We have an active, mutually supportive Ministerial Association, and believers who still do attend Church: this, in a town where our young people have generally dropped out of Church participation. The small group that are left are hard working, dedicated to the needy: they are my miracle! With them it is Christmas every day. In a world where Churches get a bad rap in the mainstream media, where the sins of the past mistakes are always revisited, this remnant is a miracle of hope. Fr. Patrick Tepoorten Assumption Catholic Parish

“What's a miracle you've witnessed?” On October 31, I fell and broke my arm in two places. The x-ray technician here in town could see that it was broken in my wrist and near my elbow but didn't cast it then as he wanted to wait until I saw a specialist the following Tuesday. My church family started praying for a miracle. On November 7, when I went for my follow-up appointment on the Island, they re-x-rayed my arm and when the doctor saw the x-ray he asked me, "Who told you your arm was broken? This arm looks like it's never been broken." I walked away without a cast! There is a small break near my elbow that they can’t do anything about cast-wise - but the rest is totally gone! Sharon Wright Living Water Foursquare Church

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David's Recommendations What to get your favourite kid this year? David knows. Hello, my name is David Woolley. I’m 11 years old and I am a boy who’s going to tell you what to buy for your kid for Christmas. These are some tips for buying your kids presents, but first I’m going to tell you my experiences. I just had my birthday a few days ago and I told my parents exactly what I wanted like a million times. I said graphic novels and trading cards but guess what? NOTHING! I did get some pretty cool gifts. The moral of that story is listen to what your kids want. Buy their gifts closer to Christmas. I look for hidden gifts in my house every year. Sometimes I find them, and sometimes I don’t. When I don’t it's because my parents buy them closer to Christmas. I normally give up in the first 10 days of December so after those ten days I'd say you're good to hide those presents. My favourite gift I’ve ever received was probably the year before last. On Christmas day in the morning I thought that I had opened all the presents but then a secret one was pulled out. It was small so I wasn’t very exited - but it was for me. So I opened it and guess what? It was something that I’d never thought I’d get. It was a TABLET! I was very excited. Here's the problem. Tablets break. That first one dropped and snapped and didn't work anymore. The next one my mom snapped cause I was being annoying. And the next one I just got for my birthday, but I feel like this one will have a more exciting story. Like it will fall into lava as I’m fighting Jack Sparrow over a volcano with lightsabers or I'll be riding a shark and it will fall out of my pocket in to the water. Anyway it's time to get to what this article is really about. If you don’t know, it's about what toys you should buy for your kids if you were not listening before...  ~ David Woolley Page 42

The best three gifts for kids under five years old: Costumes and accessories Musical instruments Books you can read in the bath

For kids aged 6 to 12 For those who like art: Fancy pencils Good paintbrushes A good marker holder

For those who like animals A pet fish, or cold-blooded animal A nice animal stuffie Books about their favourite animals

For those who like sports: New soccer cleats or other equipment Tickets to a game Books about their favourite sport

For kids who like science Stuff to make slime (Borax and clear glue: look up the recipe online) A lab coat Books of experiments they can do at home

For teenagers A job A girlfriend / boyfriend (just kidding!) A car

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Weekend, December 15 & 16

Chor Musica Christmas

High Tech Holiday Decoration Creation for Teens

7:30pm James Hall. Carols both secular and spiritual.

Dec. 15, 5-7 pm and Dec. 16, 2-4pm at the Library. Registration is required. Ages 11+ are welcome. Register with Megan Cole at 604-485-4796 or

Friday, December 15 2018 Food Bank Drive wrap-up party At Safeway.

ARC Open House & Social 2 pm, inclusion Powell River throws open the doors of the ARC for a fun-filled afternoon of festive cheer.

Seniors Association Christmas Dinner 4:30 doors open. Tickets available at Sweet Shoppe and Town Centre Mall, or call Gene: 604-485-5894.

Come See 4-C Friday December 15th from 4pm until 8pm Live nativity, food, displays, crafts, animals, etc.... here all over our property! Reformed Church, 4372 Padgett.

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy Max Cameron, 7:30pm. Tix $15 - $26. Comedians James & Jamesy present their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy. A Christmas wish comes true, unwrapping a wildly funny tale of friendship and imagination.

Ablaze: Ski Film Night 6:30pm, Cranberry Community Hall

Saturday, December 16 Skate with Santa Noon – 2 pm, Rec Complex. Santa invites families to a special Christmas skate. Holiday Jingle Bell for everyone. Plus Santa will be stopping by for a visit. Don’t forget your camera! Regular Admission

Christmas bird count Contact Heather Harbord, at hharbord@ shaw. ca or 604-485-5379

Sunday, December 17 Jingle Jog 2017 5km Walk / Fun Run to raise funds for the Powell River Food Bank. See Facebook for more.

Lessons & Carols 10 am St. David & St. Paul Anglican, Townsite.

Christmas Caroling & Dessert Night 6:30 pm, Living Waters Church.

Family Christmas Celebration Westview Baptist Church, 3 to 5pm.

Annual Community Christmas Carol Sing-along 2 pm at the Patricia Theatre

Santa at the French Club 1–4 pm at Club Bon Accueil. Walk in the enchanted forest, story time, games, & cookie decoration. Each kid will get a surprise from Santa. Free.

Family Christmas Concert 2:30 at The ARC. By Powell River's Child & Family Services, inclusion Powell River and the Community Band. $5 individuals, $15 per family.

Weekend, December 17 & 18 Christmas Light Tour Climb aboard the special Reindeer Bus for an entertaining, comfortable tour of the City’s festive light displays. Tours start and end at the Complex. Includes refreshments. Call for registration.

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Ring in the New Year December 31 New Years Eve party at the Red Lion

Thursday, December 21

8 pm. Godzballz, the Punk Rock Choir, Little Pharmer and The Chad. Tickets include food, snacks, bubbly and door prizes. Tickets $20 available at the Red Lion and Base Camp.

New Years at McKinneys

Saturday, December 23

7:30pm with the Wild Woods Social Club. $30 tix at McKinneys. Check out the Old Courthouse Inn’s room and meals package with this concert on Page 47.

Green Eggs and Ham It Up Seasonal Puppet Show

January 1

Longest Night of Lights Service 7 pm United Church (Blue Christmas).

For kids and kids at heart. 10:30 til noon, at the Library.

Jazzy Christmas with Walter Martella & Friends 7:30 pm St. David & St. Paul Anglican, Townsite. Admission is by donation - proceeds go to Powell River Food Bank and Friends of Powell River.

Sunday, December 24 Christmas Eve Service

Polar Bear Swim Willingdon Beach. Whistle blows at noon. Bonfire, Coffee and Hot chocolate provided. Food bank donations accepted.

Northside Fire Department fundraiser Noon til 6pm, all menu items by donation at the Boardwalk Restaurant.

10:30am, 7 pm, a Christmas Celebration for Everyone. United Church.

Christmas Eve Service 4:30pm, Kelly Creek Community Church.

Traditional Eucharist with candlelight 4 pm St. David & St. Paul Anglican, Townsite.

Christmas Eve Services 4pm & 6pm,Westview Baptist Church.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7 pm, Living Waters Church. Carols, Scripture, a Story.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 6 pm, Evangel Pentecostal.

Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols 7 pm at Faith Lutheran Church.

Christmas Eve Mass - evening & midnight Assumption Westview 7pm; Sacred Heart Tla’amin 10pm; Midnight Mass St Gerard’s Wildwood.

December 25 Morning Prayer with Music 10 am St. David & St. Paul Anglican, Townsite.

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A child knows

The true meaning of Christmas



uite a few years ago, when my two kids had moved out of our home, I was going through their stuff, sorting things they may want to keep or just get rid of, and I came across my son’s Grade 2 journal. I sat on the floor and started reading. His teacher, Mrs. Scholtz, had asked, in her very tidy and bold printing, "What is the thing you like best about Christmas?" As I read my little boy’s answer, remembering back to 1982, tears streamed down my face. Though we hardly had any money, I remember that was the Christmas my husband and I somehow still bought the food and goodies, and struggled to put a wagon (or was it a bike?) together at 2 am Christmas morning. The tree was decorated with strings of arbutus berries and popcorn, ornaments our children had made at school and home, a few special-bought ornaments, and the odd one saved from my childhood. A few tidily wrapped gifts were nestled under the fragrant evergreen tree. There was no star for the top of the tree, so my son had run up to his room and came back proudly displaying a dried starfish he had found on the beach. We’d painted it white and placed it on top of the little tree and used it for many years after. The Christmas cake had been baked using our own dried fruit, berries, and nuts. The cookies were decorated, with a few left out for Santa along with a glass of milk from our friend's cow. My husband's wool stockings were hung, filled with an orange in the toe, nuts, chocolates, and Page 46

a few toys and trinkets. The house had been cleaned and dusted for days as the grandparents, my husband's parents, and Baba, my widowed mom, were coming for Christmas dinner—to our little handmade log home on Texada Island. The turkey was ready for the oven and the vegetables we grew—potatoes, carrots, beets, Brussels sprouts and squash—had been harvested and cleaned. By the time the wagon was put together it was late and I was exhausted from trying to make everything perfect. Looking back now, I remember also that I had read my son's journal after Christmas that year and had shook my head at his simple answer to what he’d liked best about Christmas. His answer showed that he didn’t have a clue about all the stress and preparation that goes into making Christmas perfect. What was his answer? Now, years later, I can see that, in the wisdom of a child, he had written his answer in his very best, scraggly printing: "The thing I like best about Christmas is Baba staying overnight." My little angel knew the true meaning of Christmas. Betty Zaikow participated in the Powell River Library's Memoir Writing course for seniors and found it most valuable, enjoying all the help and support it provides. Betty was born here and is writing her stories mostly for her grandchildren but also to record childhood memories of Blubber Bay, Texada Island. C&J Comfort & Joy 2017

Merry Christmas From all of us here at Powell River Living magazine, wishing you comfort & joy this season, and in 2018. Comfort & Joy 2017

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