05 December 2012 by Published in: Opinion No comments yet



by Deborah Steele Hazen


“What are you doing?” my husband Phil asked me on Thanksgiving evening.


“What day is it?” I responded, a bit smart-alecky.


“It’s Thanksgiving,” he said.


“What time of the day is it?” I asked, with the same good-naturedly obnoxious attitude.


“Evening,” he replied, suspiciously.


“And, that means it’s time to decorate for Christmas!” said I, pulling another box of decorations out of the closet.


By the next day, Phil was in the mood too, hanging lights on the outside of the house, and adorning the yard with gingerbread men and an inflatable Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore with Santa hats. Of course, that got our neighbor going also.


Much of America may go shopping on “Black Friday,” but for us, it’s decorating time. By the end of the weekend, we were stiff and sore, but it was looking a lot like Christmas at the Hazen household and at The Chief office.


It is time to celebrate. First and foremost by remembering the true “reason for the season.” But in celebrating God’s gift to the world, we think it is also appropriate to be joyful with friends and family, to reach out to those who are in need or are lonely, to participate in activities that literally or figuratively light up the community.


As reported in the listing of the various holiday season events that begins on this page and continues inside, there are a number of great ways to both celebrate and give in the spirit of Christmas.


One of our favorite local events each year is the Clatskanie Kiwanis gala dinner and auction set for this Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Clatskanie Middle/High School commons. This is not just for members of Kiwanis – everyone is invited to attend and enjoy a good dinner with good people, and a fun auction at which you can buy great gifts – all to help Kiwanis continue its wonderful work throughout the year in our community. (See the story at right for more details.)


A new event this year, is an art show and sale set Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Hump’s Restaurant building. There you will find beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts by local artisans, and 20 percent of all sales will go to help fill the Turning Point Community Service Center pantry.


Have a great dinner at the beautiful Castle on Dec. 14 or 15, and help out the Clatskanie Senior Citizens.


Shop at local merchants for a chance to win prizes, help the local economy, and avoid hectic trips out of town.


We’ve run out of space, but please read this paper and find out about all the ways to celebrate!



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