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Christmas Greetings One important part of Christmas, that anyone with little ones knows, is that feeling of anticipation. As the calendar marches slowly towards the 25th of December, excitement builds and builds. And of course there are things that need to get done before the big day arrives too. Baking needs to get done, trees need to be set up and decorated, gifts need to be purchased (or made) and then wrapped, cards written and mailed, the list is long and the time is short. Christmas is coming. Here in the Anglican Church, we have moved into the season of Advent. This, too, is a time of anticipation and preparation for Christmas, but the focus is very different. In Advent we focus on the coming of Jesus but we try, as much as we can, to pause for a bit from all the demands of the season to reflect on why Jesus came to us all those years ago. And the reason that keeps coming back to me, over and over again, is he came for one simple reason. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us because of love.

May you and your loved ones enjoy all the splendor during this beautiful and wondrous season.

God became incarnate because he wanted to show us what real, unselfish, perfect love looks like. And of course, he came to free us from those things that bind us. Not just because he needed to, but because we wanted to. Because of love. So as you are busy getting ready for Christmas day, take a moment and try and look past the “things of Christmas” and feel the real warmth of the “spirit of Christmas”. And on that note, if you are going to be alone this Christmas, please consider joining us here at St. Mary’s for our annual Christmas Supper. There’s no charge and we’d love to have you share a bit of that Christmas spirit with us. Father Don Bernhardt St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Virden

Are you ready for Christmas? Most often the question brings to mind whether we have bought enough gifts, baked enough cookies, bought a turkey, or decorated the Christmas tree. By all the

Season’s Greetings to you and yours...

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activity going on in the stores one can assume that in that sense many are not yet ready for Christmas. All this busyness tends to leave many people feeling empty. What is the end of all this rushing and endless rounds of celebrating? Indeed, just exactly what are we celebrating? Or is it somewhat like having a birthday party without the birthday child being present? John the Baptist was sent ahead of Jesus to prepare the way. We could say that he was to make sure the world was ready for Christmas. But John did not do any shopping or decorating or baking in preparation for Jesus to come. Rather, his preparations involved things of a deeper nature. John lived a very simple, frugal lifestyle which prepared people to expect Jesus to be about more than earthly goods or financial well-being. He preached about repentance and the coming kingdom of God, which pointed people to heart issues. And truly, this is why Christ came. John’s message of repentance points to the fact that sin has permeated

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May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of HIS love at Christmas and always. With appreciation for all your support throughout the year.

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Lights Camera Christmas

On December 3, Oak Lake Community School presented its annual Christmas Concert in the school gym. The event began with a warm welcome from school principal,

Mrs. Brenda Masson. The theme for the concert was Lights! Camera! Christmas! The cast has decided it's time to make the quintessential movie about the one and only Santa Claus,

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but what style of movie would be appropriate for the greatest elfin hero of all time? They try everything from an Epic extravaganza and Film Noir to Spaghetti Western and super-hero adventure

film. In the end, they decide to create something of their own, for after all, giving of oneself is what genuinely reflects the spirit of Santa Claus and the season he represents.


Greetings of the season

The snow’s on the ground, but joy is in the air because it soon will be Christmas everywhere! So wherever this finds you, we want to say, Hope you have a great holiday! Pat L. Fraser and staff

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Christmas Truce of 1914

Lest we forget all soldiers at this time of the year This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of WWI, the conflict described as the “War to End All Wars”. In December of that year, despite all the predictions that the War would be over by Christmas, thousands of soldiers were being wounded and dying in the mud and water filled trenches of Western Europe with no end in sight near. However in that first Christmas in the trenches, an event happened that the fog and confusion of War has created many stories about over the last 100 years. The event was the Christmas truce between German and British troops in the Flanders area of Europe. It showed how the destruction and hatred of war is in the minds of leaders, but not in the hearts of the poor foot soldier, whatever his country. There are conflicting reports about the nature of these truces and none of the original soldiers are with us anymore. However the gist of the story goes as follows. It started by troops on

each side along various parts of the wet, mud and rat filled trenches, putting up small Christmas trees atop the parapets to their trenches. By the time December 24 arrived, some sections of the trenches had agreed to unofficial Christmas truces, much to the horror of the commanding officers in the rear areas, who felt that such a truce would lead to fraternizations and a loss of fighting initiative among the troops. The soldiers on either side were getting Christmas parcels from home and were getting into the Christmas spirit. These impromptu truces allowed each side to collect and bury their dead and perhaps find some wounded still alive, hung up on the barbed wire barricades or in the crater holes that were the main feature of the No Man’s Land, between the two sets of trenches. The distance between the trenches could be great, but often within shouting distance. It is said, after the burial parties were finished, both sides went back to their trenches to enjoy the truce. However, soon both sides began to sing the same Christmas

carols, since many of the traditional carols had a common origin. Soon there would be singing in which both sides sang the same carol in harmony or did some round singing of the carols. The next development in the truce is that a lone German soldier climbed out of his protective trench, carrying a small candle-lit Christmas tree and wandered into the middle of No Man’s Land. No one shot at him and soon a British soldier came out to meet him and shake hands and share Christmas greetings. Soon, in ones and twos, soldiers from both sides came out into the normally deadly No Man’s Land to meet the other men. They brought with them small gifts of tobacco, food, cigarettes, even trading uniform bottoms and showing each other photos of their families, so far from the madness of war. It has been reported that a pig was found in one section of the truce line and a hot meal was shared, while others shared hares, music, haircuts and generally those things that men of peace do. One fact that most accounts agree upon is that a

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at the holiday season

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A supposed Christmas Truce football match in December 1914, between German and British soldiers in No Man’s Land, between their trenches during the Christmas truce of WWI on the Western Front. Photo/Historical archives

lively soccer match was played to the enjoyment of all. The day was not without some sadness as there were reports of soldiers on both sides being killed during the truce by misunderstanding along the trench line. It has been estimated that as many as 100,000 British and German troops were involved in their unofficial Christmas truce. Some of the truces lasted three days, but soon the fighting began, because of the insistence of officers. But, it has been reported

that some soldiers fired their rifles high above the heads of the “enemy” they had just shared the Christmas truce with. In following years, to prevent any other unofficial truces, artillery bombardments were ordered on Christmas Eve to try and ensure that there were no further lulls in combat. However there were post war reports that artillery attacks were fired at precise locations and times to avoid enemy casualties by both sides! The famed Christmas

truce of 1914 would not happen again. But yet, for a few days among the destruction of war, human sanity prevailed. Two quotes that sum up the unique event are as follows, “But for one brief moment in the madness of war, the common man in the trenches had bridged a growing gap of hatred to recognize each other’s humanity.” And, “The fighting and dying strangely went on for four more years even though they hated the war so much more than they hated each other.”

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From all of us at Virden Home Hardware, we would like to extend warm wishes and gratitude to all our neighbours, customers, friends and associates this holiday season. It’s been our pleasure and privilege serving you this past year.

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Christmas Greetings For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Lk 2:11 With these words an angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds the good news of the arrival of the long awaited Messiah. Once again the Church will gather its faithful to celebrate the Birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As Catholics, it is the remembrance of God’s promise to send his only Son to share our nature, and to lead us back from darkness of sin into the light of grace. Christmas is a gathering of the faithful to ...with a bundle of best celebrate the Incarnation wishes and gratitude to of God’s Word by his all of you from all of us. birth in Bethlehem. Let us remember that Christmas invites us to be faithful to the Good News of great joy. Christmas also invites us to remember that we need the lived experience of the Church community and the Church community needs each one Bill, Lawrence, Dennis of us so that we not only and Staff welcome the Light but become light as well to our world and to all. The ENTERPRISES LTD. birth of Jesus is the Hope 893 Sixth Avenue South | Virden for our world. 204-748-2283 As we celebrate Christ-

Christmas greetings


Ring in

the joy!

There is no better time than now to thank you for your support and to wish you a very HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

mas, let us be willing and ready to give Him our very best as His forgiven and beloved children. Have a Blessed Christmas with the love and joy of Jesus in your hearts, souls and families. In Christ Rev. Eric ZADJI, Pastor Sacred Heart Parish, Virden, MB and St. Jean, Grande Clairiere

“All the plans for Christmas have been made and everything will be perfect this year!” Of course the plans will be perfect, and isn’t perfection what Christmas is all about? All the right presents have been bought – not just the right presents, but the perfect presents! Everyone who you expect to be home for Christmas is coming this year, and a perfect turkey is in the freezer waiting for Christmas morning to hit the oven. Does this sound like your Christmas? If so, I pray it doesn’t turn out just that way. For most of us, the best-laid plans don’t always happen as we had hoped. Maybe you just found out that the person you bought that perfect gift for has just bought one for themself this week. And some family won’t be there after all. Perhaps family problems have occurred this year, and that will be much more obvious at Christmas. And on Christmas Day, you can count on at least one dish being forgotten in the refrigerator until after the meal (for us it is usually the cranberries!). More often than not, the perfect Christmas gets a little, well, messy. If things don’t go quite as planned, not as perfect as you had dreamed, all I can say to you is, HALLELUJAH! You are in great company.

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With Christ as our model, why should we be expecting the perfect Christmas? Imagine, an unwed young woman, fully pregnant, walking for miles. She is being escorted by her fiancé who is not the father of the baby. How does your family look now? Walking from Nazareth to Jerusalem, and then to Bethlehem, is almost like walking from Virden to Minnedosa, and without a choice in the matter. I don’t know what they had hoped for as far as accommodation went, but I doubt they were looking forward to sleeping in a barn or stable. On that night, which we celebrate as Christmas, a child is born to this couple, right in that stable, with a lamb for a midwife. In all that messiness, in all that seemed so much less than perfect, a saviour for all humankind was born. It was perfect! You forgot to buy a present? There’s a squirrel living in your Christmas tree? The dog ate the cookies left out on a tray? The smoke alarm keeps going off during the cooking of Christmas dinner? he Christmas tree will NOT stand straight? If you can relate to any of these, or others, then you should simply REJOICE in the knowing that you are indeed a child of God, who we also know in the person of Jesus the Christ. In this season of hope, peace, joy and love, may there be some messiness for each of us. And in that messiness, we can be a model of our Christ! HALLELUJAH! May all of God’s blessings fall upon you now and always, Don Sellsted, United Church Minister Oak Lake/ Griswold

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Mary Montgomery Christmas Concert

Continued from page C6 the situation with their rendition of Gotta Getway as Santa continued to dream of a warm holiday location. Meanwhile, the action continued in the main shipping warehouse of the Grimley Toy Factory - a highly automated state-of -the art facility. The owner, Mr. Grimley, was upset by the market share held by Santa; a plan was devised to get rid of Santa. Children who were on a tour of the operation overheard the conversation, were alarmed, and organized their own plan - to warn Santa! Mr. Grimley and his assistants appeared at Santa’s workshop offering a holiday package as Santa was dreaming of warm locales. An enthusiastic presentation of Santa, You’re a Winner confirmed Santa would get his wish

for a warm vacation. Then Mr. Grimley confirmed the success of the plan with wicked chuckles; Santa was thrilled with his winning of the trip to Paradise. During the vacation Santa and Mrs. Claus enjoyed activities arranged by Marvin, the resort activities director. Surfing, snorkeling, and limbo dancing - with some MMSstaffmembers-were enjoyed at the beach while thechoircontributedADay at the Beach to solidify the atmosphere. Theactionswitchedback to Santa’s workshop where Mr. Grimley’s workers had forced the elves to work non-stop -without union protection. The situation was emphasized by the somber, repetitive tone of The Breaking Point. Elsewhere, Santa grew tired of the holiday lifestyle and decided to return home.At

that moment children and his elf arrived and excitedly explained the situation to him. They rushed back to the workshop, confronted Mr. Grimley, and restored the workshop to its original state.As Mr. Grimley’s and his group left, they were informed of the true meaning of Christmas. As Share a Little Christmas was sung, the appreciative audience was reminded that Santa is the spirit of Christmas - the spiritofgiving…ofsharing your love with family and friends, and helping others who are in need. Afocused choir, strong solos, and actors who maintained their characters were supported by appropriate costumes, lighting, and backdrops. The annual concert was a rewarding experience for students, staff, and audience members.

Photos/Charlotte Artyshko

With bright wishes at yuletide May your holiday be as bright, As the yuletide log in the !re’s light, And when at last the !res gone May our best wishes linger on! With gratitude for your generous support. - Margie, Cindy, Laura and Natalie

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Mary Montgomery Christmas Concert

By Kathy Welsh

Photo/Charlotte Artyshko

The Virden Auditorium Theatre was filled to capacity for the annual Mary Montgomery Christmas concert - a celebration of traditions, talents, and teamwork. As the curtain rose, the students of Miss Kinnaird’s kindergarten class enthusiastically presented their routine. Jingle Bell Rock was the perfect choice to showcase their ability

to follow a sequence of movements in unison. Mrs. Klassen’s kindergarten students were anxiously waiting for Santa to arrive. To a jazz version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town they energetically executed dance moves and played their horns and drums with reminders not to shout or pout! Santa conveyed a message to his helpers that he

wanted a perfect Christmas tree in the Grade 1 and 2 productions of Twinkle and Shine. With the opening song Gotta Get a Tree the audience was engaged and made aware of the urgency of finding the perfect Christmas tree. The trees, animals, and birds of the forest were asked to help. Through rhyming dialogue the trees each campaigned to have the

honour of being chosen to be Santa’s tree. The reindeer attempted to keep the peace and explained Santa’s decision to choose a living Christmas tree. The competition continued. Elves chose those who were to string popcorn and garland on the “living ” Christmas tree of children as the choir presented (W) rap the Hall in energetic rap style. During the song

Twinkle and Shine animals, birds, and two aging stars of Christmases past, Twinkle and Shine, vied to be chosen to sit atop the tree. Magically a little star appeared on the top of the tree - to the delight of all. Santa also arrived to highlight the important lesson learned. Caring and sharing are important at Christmas and each day of the year! As the Grade 3 and 4

presentation of Surfin’ Santa opened, Santa’s workshop was filled with elves who were busy with preparations with Santa supervising the activities. He was obviously distracted by the frigid temperatures and the winter weather. Mrs. Santa and the elves tried to comfort him as he checked his daily mail. The choir complemented Continued on page C7

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If I were in charge of Christmas

Ms. Kinnaird’s Kindergarten Class, Mary Montgomery School: • We would have candy all day! - Eric • I would like lots and lots of sugar cookies - more than you have ever seen! - Owain • I would play with my babies all day! - Jasmyne • I would decorate the house all day and night! I would also have hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream on top! - Paige • We would eat waffles all day! - Libby • I would count to 100, one hundred times-all day! - Chase • I would play with my baby cousin all day! - Ceanna • I would like to share my toys with other kids. - Reed • We would have ribs for supper! - Rowdy • We would ride the school bus all day! - Kaitlyn • I would eat candy all day and night long! - Lucas • We would wear Christmas hats all day! - Kenji • I would like to go skating and have pancakes for supper! - Cadence • I would eat candy for supper and I would wear pajamas all day! I would also have Christmas Spirit all day! - Lily • We would have pancakes for supper! - Graycie • I would eat supper and decorate and make chocolate chip cookies! - Kiahna • We would have spaghetti for supper! - Taiz • We would have cheese whiz sandwiches for supper! - Jocelyn • I would eat apples for supper because they are Christmas colors and I like apples. - Ryder

Ms. Kinnaird’s Senior and Junior Kindergarten Class, Kola Community School: • I would make a snowman and eat cake. - Jesse • Everyone would get a lot of gifts and candy. - Julia • I would eat chicken, clean-up my toys, watch a movie and go to bed. - Colin • We would decorate the Christmas tree and leave Santa a snack. - Bruno • We would play cars and eat cake for supper. - Deegan Mr. Caldwell’s Junior/Senior Kindergarten Class, Oak Lake Community School • I would make sure that bad kids didn't get presents. If kids were good, I would give them presents. Jesse Kretuzer • I would give little boys presents. - Austin Babiak • I would give dogs presents. - Micah Thiessen • I would give my family presents. - Jadon Cox: I would kitties presents. - Breanne • I would give my sister Brooklynn a new swimming suit. I would hook a sleigh onto the reindeer and give presents to everyone while they were sleeping. - Courtney Cochrane • I would give my mommy and daddy and brothers some presents. - Kyrie Decroliere • I would bring everyone presents if they were good. - Chloe Cramer • I would give my dad a fishing rod. - Lucas Branum

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• I would give little girls presents. If they were bad, I wouldn't. - Liam Stannage • I would ride in a sleigh with reindeer and throw presents down the chimney. - Dixon Tough • I would say hi to Santa. - Olivia Babiak • I would give everyone presents. - Ryder Brauner

Mrs. King’s Kindergarten Class, Miniota School: • I would give everyone presents except bad girls and boys. I will go to all of the houses that have a Christmas tree up. I would give everybody 10 presents that had their Christmas tree up. When I get back I would feed all of the reindeer carrots. Then I will lay down on the couch to watch TV. I would eat cookies and marshmallows. - Sophie Priestley • I would eat lots of candy, pet Santa’s reindeers, build a snowman, ride with Santa, play with Santa’s elves, colour Christmas pictures, help Mrs. Clause with her pies, play in the snow, sit by the fire and eat marshmallows, catch snowflakes on my tongue, make snow angles, eat lots of chocolate, go sled down the snow hills, and bake gingerbread men and cookies. - Kiya Berens • I would make toys with the elves and go around the world with the toys and candy. I would slide down the chimney and give the naughty kids coal and give the nice kids good presents. I would give each kid six presents and have supper. I would give my family lots of presents. I would play with my brother. I would eat candy. I would give my brother a toy gator. I would give my mom an ornament. I would give my dad a pair of binoculars and give my brother a stuffed animal that is a giraffe. - Liam Lelond • I would give gifts to everyone in the world. I would go visit all my friends and family. I would do nice things for other people. I would have elves. I would give all my elves a pair of skis. - Kai Wall • I would give candy to people and buy toys for my cousins Tiffany and Lexey. I would go quad riding. I would also be kind to Santa when he comes. - Carson Brown • I would bring toys to kids and I would put presents under the Christmas tree. I would decorate the Christmas tree really nice and put Christmas lights up. I would also have Christmas parties. - Khloe Brown • I would give gifts to my family and decorate the house different than mom. I would change the colours of Christmas to red and white. I would dirt bike across the world. - Nolan Armitage • If I was in charge of Christmas I would give each elf a candy cane to say thank you for making all of the toys. I would also give every kid in the world a present. That is what I would do if I was in charge of Christmas. - Rain Gies • I would give homeless people a house and food. I would give people gifts. I would have my own house. I would give my dad a back scratcher and have my own dog and find my missing cat. - LoganArmitage • I would probably make presents for kids and help

Santa make ice to decorate his workshop. I would pretty much just go up in the sky to the North Pole and get a plane driver to take me there. I would get presents when I got there for all my friends and me. I would get star stickers and a letter S ornament for my tree. I would ride with Santa in his sleigh on Christmas Eve and help him. If I was in charge of Christmas it would be really fun! - Sierra Mallette

Mrs. Davidson's Kindergarten Class, GoulterSchool • I would give presents to people everywhere! - Kaiya • I would want all the presents. - Zander • I would give a necklace to my friend Lilly. - Molly • I would make sure all kids got presents. - Derek • I would get a toy from my Grandma. - Antoine • I would play in the snow. - Ashlynn • I would decorate my house with lots of gingerbread houses. - Callie • I would make Christmas last longer. - Carson • I would make it two days longer. - Carter • I would watch over Santa Claus to make sure he gets his job done! - Christopher • I would make Christmas a better time by making sure everybody is always happy. - Celeste • I would make sure nobody touches my Christmas tree. - Ella • I would make Christmas last longer. - Hailey • I would make sure every kid gets a present. - Hannah • I would make it stay for, forever! - Hayden • I would make everyday a nice day so that I could play outside. - Kylee • I would make sure i got ONE present. - Lucas • I would make sure all of the kids got presents. Nevaeh • I would check every single day as to who has been naughty or nice. - Rhyse • I would want to presents everyday of December. - Skylar • I would help Santa wrap and make all the presents. - Zaiden


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Christmas Is... C H R I S T M A S

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December 12, 2014

By Mrs. Klassen's Kindergarten Class, Mary Montgomery School

Christmas trees, candy canes, cookies and chimneys Happy, holidays and Ho-Ho -Ho Reindeer and ribbon Icing and icicles Snowflakes and snow forts Toys and tinsel Merry and mistletoe Angels and adventure Stockings and Santa

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King’s Kindergarten Class at Miniota School, Mr. Caldwell’s Junior/Senior Kindergarten The Virden Empire-Advance wishes to thank Mrs. Klassen and Ms. Kinnaird’s Kindergarten Class at Oak Lake Community School, Ms. Kinnaird’s Junior/Senior Kindergarten Class Classes at Mary Montgomery School, Mrs.

In the spirit of the season, we bid you all the best and look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks friends!

at Kola Community School and Mrs. Davidson’s Goulter School Kindergarten Class for all of their submissions to the Seasons Greetings section.

Merry Christmas

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Everyone here is wishing you a most joyful and magical season. Thanks!

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- Dennis, Jim, Carl, Jim, Brian and families

May you and your loved ones rejoice in the Miracle of Christmas. Noel!

D.W. Fridd Trucking Ltd.


Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Many thanks to all of you who have made this past year a success for us!

Wishing you all a happy holiday and all the best

to you and yours!

Phone 748-3247 or 748-7925

in the new year!

We thank you for your valued business and wish you and your loved ones a bounty of glad tidings this holiday season. Roy, Rhonda and family

McCOLL’S SKID Elkhorn, Manitoba STEER SERVICE 204-845-2429

Thank you for your patronage. -Diane, Baylee, Carly & Ashley

Nu-Art Beauty Salon

Withh brigghtt wishes

Hope the coming season delivers lots of harmony and joy.

Silver Bells, Silver Bells

Soon it will be Christmas Day, and we’d like to chime in with our best wishes and gratitude!


For all your local livestock hauling needs 204-748-6976 or 204-851-6518 Virden, MB


178 Nelson St. W., Virden | (204) 748-2779

att the Holidaays!!


Wishing all our friends, neighbours, patients and associates a holiday season filled with lots of bright smiles and laughter.

- Roxy and Staff

- Dr. Whitby and Staff

to you

King Street, Virden

Phone 204-748-3409

Dr. Don Whitby

258 Nelson St. • Virden, MB • Phone 748-2856

December 12, 2014

So, we just had our first baby December 2. I’m 33 and Sheri is 31 so we are a little “behind” the curve. But it’s got me to thinking this Christmas season. Thinking about the nature of weakness. Why is it that we hate being weak? For example, here is this tiny little girl that we brought into the world. She is totally needy, completely dependent and marvelously innocent. Her weakness and dependency draw Sheri and I into her like a siren to the rocks. WeLOVEbeingdepended on by her. We love being needed. We love her more FOR her neediness and dependence. Without her weakness, this relationship would be so much different. Our strength met her weakness and has formed a lasting bond over which we will share our entire life. We have brought her into our strength. It really gets me thinking. God is our Father. He delights in weakness. Why? Aren’t I ‘supposed’ to be strong? But in our weakness He is strong and it forms a lasting bond with us. So, Jesus is proof of the Father’s delight in weakness. The Father proved how much he delights in human weakness by exalting a divine human baby 2,000 years ago. A fetally curled man child, too weak to help himself was held in glorious esteem by angels, shepherds, wealthy and the humble. This is truly a picture of the good news. Not that in our strength we become acceptable to God, but in embracing our weakness, he is free to lavish a sky full of angels and the adoration of his servants upon us. The angels do rejoice when one sinner repents. And that is why Jesus came. He came to seek and to save the lost, the weak, the blind, the captive and the needy.

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This Christmas season; let’s embrace our weakness, and no longer glory in our strength. Then Father God can come and bless our homes and our land with His strength, as we revel in our weakness before Him. Matthew Enns, Pastor Oak Lake Berean Church

Christmas in Our Giving Christmas has helped more to encourage the spirit of giving than any single act in history. Something happens in the lives of millions of people every Christmas which does not occur to the same degree at any other season of the year. Kindliness and love breakthroughthehardened crust of selfishness and unconcern. BecauseChrist was born in Bethlehem men and women have a desire to share. The head of the nursing staff in a large hospital attended a Christmas eve service. After the service she went to a nearby restaurant for a late supper. As she finished the meal she laid the slip for $10.50 with a bill on top. The cashier said, "The charge is $10.50. I need .50 more." "Oh! no," replied the nurse, "I gave you a twenty dollar bill." "I haven't touched it," the cashier went on, "You see, it's a ten dollar bill." The lady looked closely; then she groaned aloud. "I must have made a mis-

take," she confessed. "I wenttochurchthisevening and, as I left, I put money in the offering plate at the door. I had a twenty dollar bill and a ten dollar bill. I must have put the twenty dollar bill in the offering by mistake. I have no other money, so what shall I do?" The cashier summoned the manager who listened wearily to a repetition of what had happened. A look of tolerant unbelief crossed his face. "Lady," he said, "whenever we hear a story we have never heard before we usually give the customer a free meal. Anyway, it's Christmas eve, so take your ten dollars and go on your way!" Christmas makes a difference. The birth of the Christ warms hearts with sympathy for others. It lifts the eyes of the weary world to new horizons. It makes men and women desire to be more honourable, more generous, and more thoughtful of others. I heard once about an editor of a newspaper in the city who was convinced that the idea that Christmas makes people more generous is greatly exaggerated. He believed that Christmas is another time in the year when Christians talk more than they practice. So he sent out a young woman reporter to discover evidence to support his theory. It

was her duty to find out if people were aware enough of the needy at Christmas to do something about it. The young reporter wore rags. She was made up to look gaunt, sick and hungry. At her position on a busy street where hundreds of people were passing every hour, she did not utter a single word. She merely looked as if she desperately needed help. In her account of the experience, she told of the large number of people who stopped to offer her their assistance. Some thrust money into her hands. Others asked what service they could render. She discovered scores of people who paused to notice and offer help to a person who was in need, even though most of them wereintentuponthetaskof completing their preparations for Christmas. It is part of the glory of the observance of the birth of Jesus that men and women have a desire to help others because God has given His Son for them. Pagan-minded persons lose sight of the reasonwhywecustomarily give and receive gifts at Christmas. The foundation for the practice is our overwhelming gratitude to the Heavenly Father who revealed His nature in Jesus Christ. Marianne Olfrey Trinity United Church, Elkhorn, MB


HOLIDAY GREETINGS Here’s hoping your holiday is uplifting in every way!

We’re always proud to be of service and we thank you for your continued patronage. Geoff Baxter

Baxter’s Repair Service Miniota, MB | Phone 204-567-3527 | Cell 204-748-7238



May your cart overflow with glad tidings and joy, and may your heart be full with love and contentment this holiday season and beyond.


- Grant, Eileen and staff

310 King Street, East • Virden (204) 748-1357

GREETINGS from the North Pole - And from us!

WISHING YOU A STORYBOOK CHRISTMAS From start to finish, we hope your holiday has all the “write” stuff! Before we start the next chapter with a new year, we’d like to express our sincere thanks for your loyal support. We really appreciate your patronage and friendship. Merry Christmas and best wishes to all of you!

Border Regional Library Virden Elkhorn Mcauley

312 Seventh Ave. (204) 748-3862 110 Richhill Ave. (204) 845-2292 Qu’Appelle St. (204) 722-2221

Wherever the holidays find you, may they bring much peace and joy your way. For your visits to us this year, we are sincerely thankful. Craig, Marianne, Blair, Danny, Roy, Danny, Jenelle and Lorna

Whyte’s Lumber

Business 838-2265 Fax 838-2260 Kenton, MB

May you enjoy a peaceful and satisfying holiday. It's been a joy for us to serve people like you.

Happy Holidays!

Your trust in us fills us with pride and your friendship fills us with joy. Best wishes from all the staff at

BAKER HUGHES Morris, Linda and sta!


240 Ashburton Street East • Virden • 204-748-3640

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And many thanks for all the goodwill you’ve shown toward us this year.

ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY LIVING and the New to You Store 267 Nelson St., Virden • 204-748-2120


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for all you’ve given us, we are sincerely grateful. thank you for making our first month in business a success! from our farmhouse to yours, we wish you the very best of the season

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558 frame street east virden • 204.748.6959


Thank you for your continued support. Management and Staff

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Christmas Greetings In last year’s holiday message I suggested we had lots of things to look forward to in 2014 including: The Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Curling Championships, Rudi and Paige going to the Olympics, and the Oil Capitals on the path to their first playoffs since moving to Virden. With all the challenges that 2014 provided to our communities I think it is good to reflect on the positives. The Scotties was a resounding success and showcased what our community can provide when a group of dedicated volunteers work hard. Rudi and Paige realized their Olympic dream and displayed their talents on the international stage while we all were beaming with pride as we watched them skate their hearts out. The Oil Capitals worked hard and made it to the second round of the playoffs with a fan base that is the envy of the league. Summer and rain presented challenges that stretched our abilities in so many ways. However with the spirit and heart that is our Westman region we pulled together, helped our neighbours like never before and came out on the other side of the inundation stronger than ever. All of us at the Town of Virden, staff, current council and previous council are so grateful for the way the community rallied and helped out during the flood emergency. We can’t thank people enough for their efforts in the flood fight. With the end of 2014 we see changes at our council table and in the communities around us. I want to thank Maxine Chacun, Tony Schneider and Murray Wright for their contributions to Virden council. I wish you all the best in your future plans. I also want to thank Zac Penner, Lomer Girardin, Joe Careme, Tara Cowan, Tina Williams and Brock Koop for offering their talents to the community for the next four years. I look forward to working with you all. I wish all the best to all retiring council members in all of Westman. Thank you for offering your time and talents to our communities. Whether you are leaving voluntarily, by virtue of amalgamation issues or election, your contributions will not be forgotten and our communities are better because you served. On behalf of Council and staff of the Town of Virden, and all of our families we hope you

have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Make sure you take time to slow down and enjoy the people around you. Here’s to a happy, safe and prosperous New Year for all of us in Virden and Westman. Jeff McConnell, Mayor, Town of Virden On behalf of myself, my wife Jan and the R.M. of Wallace Council and staff, we would like to wish everyone a very warm and safe Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! All the Best in 2015! Reeve, Don and Jan Neufeld, R.M. of Wallace This is a very special Christmas Season, marking the end of 131 years of existence as the Rural Municipality of Miniota. To reflect on our past year, just as most of our neighbours, we have survived yet another major flood, we have seen an abundance of oil activity, we have experienced growth resulting in a lagoon expansion and lot development. We have also proceeded with an amalgamation with our neighbours to the North, forming the new Prairie View Municipality. Many things change in life, and we must accept change. We look forward to a New Year, new beginnings and new challenges as we move forward in a very positive fashion. For the last time in history, R.M. of Miniota Council, Staff and all of their families wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas, and a very safe and Happy Holiday season, this year and always! Olive McKean, Reeve, R.M. of Miniota As Christmas approaches, we should be reminded of how fortunate we are to live in safe communities that offer the many freedoms we are all able to enjoy every day. The past year has seen many challenges and opportunities, and we now look to the New Year with excitement as our municipality merges with two of our neighbours. As the holiday season is upon us, it is important to spend time with family and friends enjoying the holidays and time spent together. On behalf of Council, and staff of the R.M. of Woodworth, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Denis Carter, Reeve, R.M. of Woodworth

With joy in our hearts, we thank you for your generous support this year.

Happy Holidays!

To our neighbours, customers, associates and friends, we offer our warm wishes for the very coolest holiday season, ever! Thank you for choosing us.

P: 204-748-2149 • F: 204-748-3284 585 Seventh Avenue South

CROSS PLUMBING, HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING 204-748-2108 • Goodridge Road, Virden, MB



Wishing You a Good Old-Fashioned Christmas

Hope all the traditions that make Christmas time merry and bright are a part of your holiday season.

We’re remembering all the good times we’ve had with our customers this year, and we know more are in store for 2015. Thanks for sharing this journey through time with us. We greatly appreciate your support. Merry Christmas! - Alan, Marla, Dale, Richard and families.

710 Seventh Ave. N. • 204.748.6262

Wishing you and your family all the trimmings of a truly memorable Christmas. We really appreciate the gift of your friendship. - Wenda, Jack and Staff

PAST & PRESENT antiques•gifts•flowers

102 Richhill Avenue Elkhorn, MB • (204) 845-2530

Wishing Wishing all all of of you you and and your your four four legged legged famil family y members members a a ver very y merr merry y Christmas Christmas and and all all the the best in the new year year. From all of us at the Virden Animal Hospital


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To a joyful present and a well remembered past. Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a magni!cent New Year. Without your support, we wouldn’t be here...without your friendship, it just wouldn’t be Christmas!

MORRIS HAULING & ACIDIZING Government Rd. W., Virden, MB 204.748.1958

Management and Staff

204-748-6282 • Virden, MB

HAPPY HOLIDAYS We appreciate and value your loyal patronage

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Wishing you and your family an old-fashioned Christmas filled with lots of friends, festivity and fun. Your friendship has made doing business fun for us and for your support we are deeply grateful.

Management and Staff

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Danny, Falk, Gerry, Justin, James and families.

Virden, Elkhorn, Miniota, Redvers, Rocanville, Moosomin, Carlyle, Ste. Rose du Lac, Russell, St. Lazare, Weyburn, Lampman, Whitewood, Boissevain, Reston, Oak Lake, Hamiota and Brandon. www.andrewagencies.com

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The Management and Staff wish you the very best this holiday season!

SA SALES 173 King Street E. â&#x20AC;˘ Virden, MB Phone (204) 748-1775

Season's Greetings

MERRY CHRISTMAS! May you rejoice in all the gifts of this splendid season with the ones you love. For the gift of your patronage, we are sincerely grateful.

Thanks for your valued business this past year. Have a great holiday! - Terry and all the staff

Management and Staff

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Christmas movies

Top 10 Christmas or Holiday Movies or Television Shows. The holiday season is about family, overpriced gifts, crazy relatives, psychotic shoppers, mall parking lots that resemble a scene from Mad Max and of course the one thing that truly brings families together watching TV. Every couple of years, we ask people what their favorite Christmas or holiday movies or TV shows are that the whole family can watch. Our first poll was in 2011 and our latest was last year. Early next season, we'll be asking

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people again and although some traditional family favorites move in and out of the top 10 list, there are always a few that remain in our hearts. What To Do With The Kids® presents the Top 10 Christmas or Holiday Movies or Television Shows 1. "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" (1966 - Animated) 2. "The Polar Express" (2004 - Animated) 3. "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946)

May the true spirit of CHRISTMAS reside in your heart and may glad tidings follow wherever you go this holiday season.

4. "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" (1964 - Animated) 5. "Elf" (2004) 6. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965 Animated) "The Santa Clause" (1994) "Frosty the Snowman" (1969 - Animated) 7. "The Grinch" (2000) 8. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) 9. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989) 10. "A Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992)

With Our Thanks & Warmest Wishes

R.M. of Wallace Council and Staff With appreciation for all your support this past year.

Terri Cosens Cell: 748-7699

Home Professional Realty Inc.

www.homelifepro.com • Brandon: 204-726-5340

Lloyd Carruthers Cell: 851-0525

would like to extend Holiday Greetings and best wishes to everyone in the R.M. and surrounding communities. 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year with many changes. A new municipality run by a new Council and all in our new municipal office building. There will be some growing pains, but we are sure that we will end up with a stronger, more dynamic municipality. We look forward to growing together. The R.M. of Wallace office holiday hours: Wednesday, December 24, open until noon Closed on Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26 Wednesday, December 31, open until noon Closed on Thursday, January 1

We would like to thank everyone for their patronage throughout the year. Wishing you a very

Merry Christmas

and a Happy New Year. Bob and Karen Mead and family Let Virden Recreation and Watersports help you have a ball this season with a new toy from our full line of outdoor fun equipment.

Thank you for your past patronage and we look forward to seeing you in 2015. - Management and staff

210 Frontage Road • Virden, MB www.virdenrec.com Phone 204-748-2060 • Toll Free 1-888-877-7623 Dealer #9702

Virden Car Wash Ltd. and Ice Cream Island 515 King Street • Virden, MB • 204-748-6265

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Gift exchange dos and don'ts

Chanukah, Christmas and New Year's Eve are right around the corner. That means neighborhoods, buildings and stores will soon be awash in holiday splendor. Social schedules will be full, and men and women everywhere will shuffle to complete their holiday shopping. Grab bags are a staple of this season of giving, and the following are a few dos and don'ts to ensure participation in gift exchanges is fun and friendly for all involved. DO set a gift amount limit. Holiday grab bags are more about having fun and exchanging a little something with friends and family members than walking away with amazing prizes. Establish a spending limit so everyone receives a gift of roughly the same value and no one feels slighted or left out. DON'T exceed the spending limit. It can be tempting to spend more to make your gift appear more impressive. But overspending defeats the purpose of the gift exchange. Grab

bags typically are anonymous, so being overly generous will not win you any style points. DO make it a game. Tossing gifts in a bag only to have others reach in and grab one is certainly effective. But the concept can be even more fun if you make a game out of it. Try passing wrapped gifts around in a circle to a holiday song. When the music stops, the gift you are holding is the one you open. Experiment with your own variations to make gift exchanges more fun. DON'T let anyone see the gift you bring. The idea is to keep things as secretive as possible so as not to sway the selection of presents. DO ensure your gift is unisex. Unless you know specifically that only men or women will be opening the presents, select items that will appeal to both genders. Food, gift cards, music, or home staples make great grab bag gifts. DON'T forget to consider ages as well. Gift exchanges may include both children and adults, so include gifts

Christmas literacy tips

With kids off school and parents home from work, the winter holidays are perfect for creating family time to play and learn together. ABC Life Literacy Canada offers these holiday family literacy tips to warm your heart-and feed your mind. -Family book snuggle: Gather the family together with a favourite holiday or winter book. Get cozy blankets and comfy chairs, then snuggle in and take turns reading aloud to one another. -Make your own cards and gift tags: Even young children can write or draw on a card to send to friends and family or on a gift tag for someone special. -Bake-off: Get the whole family involved in baking! Following a recipe is a great way to practice reading and comprehension skills. Measuring ingredients and following baking times are practical (and delicious!) applications of math skills. -Out and About: Take

in a holiday show or visit a museum. Family outings offer fun learning opportunities-and make sure to read the theatre program and the exhibit descriptions together. -Make a list and check it twice: Grocery shopping can be a fun family literacy activity. Your child can write the holiday shop-

ping list, read signs and labels as you make your way through the aisles, and count items as they go into the shopping cart. -Give the gift of literacy: Encourage literacy by giving books, games, drawing materials, magazine subscriptions and bookstore gift cards-gifts to enjoy all year long.

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Christmas time May all your hopes and dreams come true at this magical time of year. We value your patronage and look forward to serving you again soon.

that appeal to all ages when neces- in case someone forgets to bring their sary. When the exchange has ended, contribution. Gift exchanges in the form of grab allow participants to swap gifts if bags, auctions, swaps, and other games they want to. DO expect some grab bag gifts to be make for fun additions to holiday gag gifts. Such gifts are entertaining festivities. They also can be a part and may make up the majority of the of any family or friends gathering to grab bag gifts. Keep your sense of add excitement and entertainment to humor and you're likely to enjoy grab the occasion. bags a lot more. DON'T regift items to use as grab bag picks. Should the person who & MANY THANKS! gave you the gift participate in the grab bag, he or she can trace that gift back to you and may be offended. DO make sure everyone is aware that there will be a grab bag gift exchange, as there needs to be an equal number of gifts to participants so everyone gets a treat. Hosts may want to have a few extra wrapped gifts around just With best wishes and gratitude to the best bunch of folks we know - our customers!


Glad Tidings to You!

Warm wishes from the Board and Staff at the Adult Literacy Centre A.P.P.L.E.

Association of Parents and Professionals for Literacy Eduction

As we put the final touches on the tree, our hearts are warmed by thoughts of the many kind folk we’ve served this year and wish you all a merry and bright holiday season.

Staff at

204-748-6698 No. 1 Highway, Virden, MB

Cindy, Judy, Lara and Keely 447 Seventh Ave. S. Virden, MB (204) 748-1645

Your belief in us has made our dreams come true.

Have a happy and healthy holiday! from the staff at

Merry Christmas and many thanks to all of you.

Management and Staff

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Recycle greeting cards The Greeting CardAssociation says shoppers purchase 6.5 billion greeting cards every year. Of those, around 1.6 billion are Christmas cards. Exchanging cards is a great way for people to show their loved ones that they're thinking about them, and such cards make for festive ornaments to display around homes. But when the holiday season ends, recycling those cards into other items can make good use of the paper resources and turn

Wishing our friends and neighbours peace, harmony and joy at this special time of year.

From the management and staff at 204-854-2231

With Warm Wishes at the winter season


At the first sign of winter’s chill, We’re reminded of your goodwill... And as snow blankets the ground, We thank you all for coming ‘round For it may be cold outside, it’s true... But our hearts are warmed by thoughts of you! Thank you for your valued business all year long.

We thank you for your kind patronage. Tim Lincoln, Calvin Lincoln, Chris Lincoln, Brad Lincoln, Kevin Lincoln, Dwayne Linder and Matt Ross

what's normally a single-use item into an enduring trinket. • Turn this year's cards into next year's gift tags. Cut out circles, rectangles or any shape you desire. Otherwise, visit the scrapbooking aisle of your favorite craft store and purchase a paper punch to make easy work of cutting those shapes. • Transform a greeting card into a mini puzzle for a youngster. • Glue silly characters from Christmas cards onto a sheet of magnet. Then use these magnets for decorations next year. • Frame favorite cards so their messages can endure year after year. • Turn a beautiful card into a keepsake. Use a decoupage medium to attach a card to a ceramic or wood backing. Coat with a polyurethane top coat to protect it. • Use greeting cards to make wine charms for holiday entertaining. Guests can keep track of their glasses with ease. • Use cut-outs of cards to improve the appearance of plain gift wrap or bags. • Insert cut rounds of greeting cards into the inside of can lids to create crafty ornaments. • Make a paper Christmas tree from cutouts on greeting cards. • Encourage kids to make a photo collage from the cards they like. Mount their efforts on poster board and save for next year.

Merry Christmas

from all of us May the coming year bring peace, joy and enlightenment to you and those you cherish. For all the joy you’ve brought us, we will always be grateful.

Lincoln Farm Supply Ltd. Wawota and Maryfield (306) 739-2161 or (306) 646-2161

Rene McNeill, Glen Harasymchuk, Jeff McConnell & staff


McNeill | Harasymchuk | McConnell 243 Raglan Street West, Virden • 204.748.1220

With thanks from our entire staff for your goodwill this past year. Management and Staff

There is no time more !tting to say “Thank You” and to wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a New Year of health, happiness and prosperity.

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Elizabeth Collier, C.G.A. of Farley, Kempthorne LLP

To our valued patrons and friends, Merry Christmas to you & yours

Certi!ed General Accountant

463 7th Ave S, Virden, MB • 204.748.2963

Holiday greetings ...and many


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There's No Time Like The Present... To let you know how much we appreciate your presence this past year! Happy Holidays! Many Thanks!

Another Christmas will soon be here and we'd like to wish you joy and good cheer, along with our gratitude because we wouldn't be here without all of you!



Council of the Village of Elkhorn: Mayor Roland Gagnon; C.A.O. Garth Mitchell; Councillors Kevin Tutthill, Keith Roblin, Denis Lachapelle and Corinne Nesbitt

Kenton, MB 204-838-2240

Wishing you a newsworthy season! May your holiday season contain all the makings of lasting memories for you and your loved ones. We appreciate your readership and look forward to your continued support.

Cheryl, Amanda, Trish, Candice, Susan, Charlotte, Anne and Goldie.

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Deck the halls

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Wishing you all a prosperous 2015.

Dean Jago General Sales

Phone 204.728.3037 Toll-Free 1.888.756.4433

www.leechprint.com • Like us on Facebook!

We're displaying our best to say hope you have a great holiday! Thank you for your business this year. Frankie and Sharon

Key West Lawn Care 204-748-1352


It's Christmas!

With best wishes from our entire staff for a season that’s merry and bright.

We appreciate your calling on us this year, and look forward to serving you again, soon!

(204) 748-3164 • 493 King Street E.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season from the board of directors, management and staff of Valleyview Consumers Co-op Ltd. Locations to serve you in Virden • Oak Lake • Reston • Pierson • Melita www.valleyview.coop

Catch the Excitement of the Holiday Season It’s Christmas time in town, and you can feel the excitement in the air! We’d like to wish all of our friends and neighbours in this area a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. We appreciate your choosing us for all of your banking needs. We’ll continue to work hard for you in 2015 and beyond.

CIBC Staff

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St. Nicholas ContinuedfrompageC16 the faithful, and he eventually was named the patron saint of everyone from merchants to sailors to pawnbrokers. No one really knows what St. Nicholas looked like. But in 2005, a forensic laboratory in England

reviewed historical data and photographs of the remains taken from St. Nicholas' grave in the 1950s. Researchers concluded that he was a small man, perhaps no more than five feet in height, with a broken nose. This image certainly

does not fit with the robust frame and other imagery awarded St. Nicholas in more modern years. St. Nicholas is believed to be the inspiration for Santa Claus, which was a name taken from the Dutch Sinterklaas, a contracted form of Sint Nicolasss.

Tales of the real St. Nicholas' giving spirit were blended with a fictional personification by New York-based newspaper writers who blended the St. Nicholas name with the appearance of a Dutch town citizen. The goal was to reach out to


the primarily Dutch immigrants living in New York at the time. This jolly elf image was given a boost by the publication of "A Visit From St. Nicholas," which was published around the same time. Eventually, the merry

Santa Claus portrayal began to outshine the more accurate St. Nicholas version as a religious man, fostered by political drawings and caricatures that depicted Santa as a chubby sort in a red suit. That image prevails to this day.

Happy Holidays!

Mayor Je! McConnell, Deputy Mayor Zac Penner, Councillors Joe Careme, Tara Cowan, Lomer Girardin, Brock Koop and Tina Williams, CAO Rhonda Stewart and Town of Virden sta!

at the birth of our saviour! The spirit of the holy season, we’d like to extend our best wishes to you and your family, along with our thanks for your goodwill all year long.

- Henry, Shari, Brad, Mandy, staff and families Trans-Canada Highway Virden, MB (204) 748-2466

Joy to the world

The year end brings no greater greater pleasure pleasure than the opportunity to express express to you season’s greetings greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and new year be filled with JOY. 568 Sixth Avenue South Virden, MB (204) 748-2434

Wishing you comfort and joy this Christmas and always!

and many thanks to all of you this holiday season. It’’s been a It privilege and a joy serving you.

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A Merry Little Christmas!

With glad tidings to you and yours at this joyous time of year. We value your business and thank you for all the goodwill you’ve shown us. - Jim & Rosanne Day

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The man behind the beard

Every Christmas Eve, children go to bed eagerly anticipating a visit from Santa Claus. This merry gentleman is purported to visit the home of every good girl and boy, delivering gifts and cheer along the way. Before the modern evolution of Santa Claus lived a very real and

generous individual named Nicholas. In the third century, Nicholas served as the Bishop of Myrna in present-day Turkey. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, believing that giving should be done secretly and sacrificially in Jesus Christ's name rather than one's own.

Stories tell of Nicholas paying the dowry for poor daughters to enable them to get married. He reportedly put coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him. It is believed Nicholas helped to restore the hope of hundreds of people in his community, making him a beloved and revered

Bishop. Throughout his ministry, Nicholas fervently shared his life and fortune with others. Nicholas continued to be revered and commemorated by many Christians even after his death. His charity and unselfish works helped inspire generations of Continued on page C17

Hellman’s Cross Country Ski Trails Hellman’s Cross Country Trails are open again for skiing enthusiasts to use free of charge. The trails could use more snow, but Hellman’s are sure it will come. A few of the trails could

not be opened due to water, but most are open. The ski trails are located 3 kms east of the cement plant on Hwy #1, then south on Rd 150W - 5 kms to the parking lot on the left.

The groomed cross country ski trails, which have been open for the past 30 years, are available to all those who wish to use them - free of charge. However Hellman’s do not rent skis.

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Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Happy Holidays!

It’s Been A Pleasure Serving You! Deck the halls, display good cheer, have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! With thanks for your continued patronage and goodwill. - Faye, Darryl and staff

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May your holiday serve up a most satisfying combination of good cheer, good times and good friends. For all the good times we’ve shared with you, we offer you our heartiest thanks! Barry, Jackie and staff

T’s Dining & Lounge

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There may be a chill in the air at the holiday season But we’re filled with much warmth and you are the reason So to our many good friends both far and near We bid a most JOYOUS CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Deck the halls! We’re displaying our holiday cheer to thank all of you who have stopped by here - we know it’s going to be a beautiful season and your kind friendship is the reason!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us.

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Holly and mistletoe are symbols of Christmas

"Oh, by gosh, by golly it's time for mistletoe and holly. Tasty pheasants, Christmas presents, countrysides covered in snow." As exemplified by this holiday hit by Henry Sanicola, Frank Sinatra and Dok Stanford, holly and mistletoe are an integral part of holiday imagery and tradition. Holly is used to adorn a home in green and red finery alongside evergreen boughs and wreaths. In addition, it has become customary to hang a bouquet of mistletoe under which people are encouraged to share a holiday kiss. While these elements of celebrations are now incorporated into many of the secular and religious components of Christmas, they have very different origins. Holly Holly has been used since the days of the early Pagans as a decoration for midwinter festivities, when it was brought into homes to keep evil spirits away. The ancient Romans also believed that holly prickles drove away evil spirits, and it held a place

of honor at December festivals dedicated to the god Saturn. To avoid persecution during the Roman pagan Saturnalia festival, early Christians would participate in the tradition of hanging evil-repelling holly on their homes to appear like the masses. Eventually as the number of Christians grew, the tradition became less of a pagan one and more associated with Christians and Christmas. Some people have inferred that holly and its prickly edges is symbolic of the crown of thorns Jesus wore at his crucifixion, with the red berries representing blood. Mistletoe Mistletoe was once held sacred by the Norse, Celtic Druids and North American Indians. It is actually a parasitic plant that grows on a wide range of host trees. Heavy infestation can dwarf the growth and kill these trees. In cultures across pre-Christian Europe, mistletoe was seen as a representation of divine male essence (and thus romance, fertility and vitality). The plant also was thought to be a

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Wishing our friends much peace, harmony and joy at this inspirational season.

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symbol of peace, and anyone standing below it should receive tokens of affection. When enemies met beneath mistletoe, they had to lay down their weapons and observe a truce until the next day. This is how the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe likely began, and why a ball of mistletoe is now hung in homes during Christmas, a season of peace and affection. Homeowners who hang mistletoe and holly around their homes during the holiday season should be mindful of pets and youngsters around the plants. Mistletoe and holly are considered to be moderately to severely toxic, and ingesting the leaves could be dangerous. Therefore, keep these plants away from curious hands. Mistletoe is commonly hung up high, which should make it less problematic, but holly should be hung high as well. Now largely associated with Christmas celebrations, holly and mistletoe were once part of pagan rituals and ancient superstitions.

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Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.

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Wishing you and yours a warm and bright holiday season. DECEMBER 20: Featuring a turkey dinner special plus an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party featuring the McLean Brothers Band @ 10 pm

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Christmas tidbits to put you in the holiday spirit The holiday season has arrived, and millions of people across the globe will be celebrating Christmas with their families and friends. The following are some interesting tidbits to share with your loved ones this holiday season. • Each year, more than three billion Christmas cards are sent. • In 350 AD, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birth of Jesus Christ. Many historians and theologians have surmised that Christ really wasn't born this time of year, thanks to imagery and information from the Bible. • Christmas carols began as an English custom called "wassailing." Individuals toasted neighbors to a long and healthy life. • Despite the common tale that three wise men paid homage to baby Jesus, the Bible never specifically calls out a number. Similarly, there's no specific indication that they visited the infant Jesus. Their

visit may have occurred when Jesus was older. • Santa Claus' modern look was inspired by writings from The Knickerbockers of New York and imagery from Clement Clarke Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Moore denied authoring the famous poem for 15 years after it was published anonymously, feeling the poem was beneath his talents. • Santa has his own official postal code. It's H0 H0 H0. • The song "Jingle Bells" was originally written for Thanksgiving and not Christmas. People loved it so much that the lyrics were changed to fit Christmas. • Christmas trees typically grow for 15 years before they're cut and sold. This means the trees sold today were likely planted in 1999. • Before turkey, the traditional Christmas meal served in England was a pig's head and mustard. • Male reindeer tend to shed their antlers in the

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winter. This means Santa's reindeer are likely female. • Christ may have been born in a cave rather than a manger. According to the gospel of Luke, the shepherds that helped find shelter for Mary to give birth kept their flock in a cave. The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is built over a cave called the Grotto of the Nativity, where Jesus is believed to have been born. • Many people may be less inclined to stand under mistletoe waiting for a kiss if they knew what "mistletoe" means in the ancient Germanic. It literally means "dung on a twig," for the bird who eats the berries and then leaves seeds in droppings to propagate new plants. • Each holiday season, PNC Wealth Management calculates the costs of the gifts in, "The 12 Days of Christmas." The price index for the gifts went from $12,673 in 1984 to more than $24,000 in 2011. The most expensive gift is the swimming swans.

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With warm wishes and heartfelt thanks to our customers and friends this holiday season. It’s been a pleasure serving you this year.

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MERRY & BRIGHT To all our clients. Everyone at Altus Geomatics wants to wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year. In lieu of cards a donation has been made to the local Christmas Cheer Board.

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We’re overflowing with gratitude and best wishes for all of those who have helped to make this past year a bright one for us. Merry Christmas...and thanks!

At the close of another year, we remember our friends both far and near, so without delay or making a fuss, we’d like to thank you for pulling for us!

Ken, Todd, Ian, Deke and staff. From Trevis, David, Dianne, Wayne, Stan, Steve, Shelly, Dallas and Gordie.

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the human race and we are in need of having our sin problem dealt with. Jesus came to be much more than a cute little baby, or a charming storyteller, or even a wise counselor. Through his life and ministry and ultimately his death on the cross he pointed to and provided the way for us to become in relationship to God, that is, to be part of his kingdom. When we accept this great gift from him we are truly ready for Christmas. I, together with the congregation at Kola, wish you a joyous and blessed Christmas season. May your celebrations be filled with hope and love, enjoying the peace that only Christ can bring. Pastor Richard Klassen, Kola EMC How would you answer this question, 'Why do you give gifts at Christmas?’ This may have been the wise men's answer about their gifts, on their first Christmas: We learned, from the child’s mother, that, at His

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birth (nearly two years before we arrived there), some shepherds visited Him. But, we brought Him gold. Gold befits a king in more ways than one. Not only is it unsurpassed in monetary value, it is unsurpassed in depicting in us what we must become as we present ourselves to Him—the King of all kings. Do you know, that to purify gold a heat of over 538oC is used? Similarly, we must allow Him to purify us as we serve Him. Did you know that gold is very flexible? Metallurgists say that just one ounce of gold could be rolled into a wire eight kilometers long or a nine square meter sheet. To be gold for Him, we must allow Him to purify us and use us in all the ways He knows we can be used. We brought Him frankincense. We agreed with many who said that this is a gift for a priest. A priest is one who builds a bridge between men and God. With Him being divine and now coming to us as a human, He is the ultimate ‘bridge-builder’. He bridged the gap between us and our maker. We also

recalled that, in the temple worship, frankincense or incense was a symbol of the prayers of the worshippers. As we gave Him frankincense, we called Him our highest of priests, and we came to Him with our prayers because we knew that if He cared enough to become as we are, for sure, He will care enough to hear us when we call to Him and will give us the aid we need. We brought Him myrrh. We were amazed about what was said about this child's life of suffering. Wow! That fully agreed with what was impressed upon us as we chose this gift. The prophecies were about the agony He would endure; our gift of myrrh did the same thing. He was going to bear the full punishment for all of us. We could not do any better than to give joyful adoration to the one who is the real meaning of Christmas. What would you give Him this Christmas? Learn more about this at the Virden Alliance Church. Dr. Simeon Norton, Virden Alliance Church

With Glad Tidings Here’s hoping your holiday is truly sweet. We thank you for your generous support.

With thanks at Christmas, to all the folks that have passed by this way. We thank you for your valued business and wish you all the merriest holiday season ever!

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W & L CHINESE RESTAURANT and staff would like to thank you for your business in 2014 and look forward to serving you in 2015.

Wishing you and your family

every happiness this holiday season. We really appreciate your business and support!

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Season’s Greetings May you and yours enjoy all the special beauty of the Christmas season. We look forward to serving you again next year.

Whatever is good, whatever brings you joy...may it be yours during this magical season and throughout the coming year. Merry Christmas and all the best to you in 2015!

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Wishing you a Christmas that’s as special as you are! For the privilege of doing business with you, we are sincerely grateful.

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To all our associates and friends, we wish you all a happy and a healthy holiday season filled with the joy of family and friends. It’s been a pleasure serving you this past year and we look forward to serving you again in the new year!


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