Sunday, April 20, 2014
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We are getting closer to the two holidays that most people enjoy the most. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just a few weeks away and already I have seen decorations marking both. Now, I love these two special days, because most families get together and enjoy the company of loved ones and of course, we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ on December 25th.
I do not want to sound like “John-boy” from the old TV series “The Walton’s,” but this time of year brings back memories from my childhood long ago. They are good and exciting memories of family and fun. A lot of them have gone to heaven, but, they are still in my heart and I will remember them until we meet again.
    We had a large family. My Mother was one of eight children and every year my mom and her brother and sisters would meet at my Grandmother’s house toting their spouses and children. Some of them lived in other states like Illinois and Texas, but come Thanksgiving or Christmas, we all met at the little frame three-bedroom house where they had grown up. The Christmas tree was as tall as the ceiling and all decorated with lights and fake icicles and dozens of presents lay underneath waiting to be opened on Christmas Eve night.

I have a problem, and they say the first step in solving a problem is recognizing that it exists. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this affliction, so I hope others will read this and maybe correct their behavior and benefit from it.
My problem is that I tend to spend entirely too much time on the computer, especially Facebook! Do I really care if little Sally ate all of her muffin or that little Johnny is taking his nap?  No, but if it makes you feel better to show a picture of your cat using his new litter box, then by all means, post it! I’ve seen a lot of people who post via their cell phones that they are at the drive thru window at their favorite fast food restaurant. To me, (but I’m kind of a cynical guy) you are telling the world that “Hey I’m not home, you may rob my house now.” But, to each his own!

Imagine a child waking every morning with no clean water to drink, no shoes to wear, or your town in shambles because of war. This happens to millions of children across the globe daily. But, thanks to organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, some of these children will awake Christmas morning to find a shoebox filled with toys, hard candy, or simple toiletries waiting for them. 
Over one million shoeboxes have been distributed by Operation Christmas Child since its inception in 1993. Children in over 130 countries have learned of God’s love from this program. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, heads the program. Shoeboxes filled with goodies are collected from individual churches, then sent to a collection point where the boxes are shipped to Samaritan’s Purse for distribution.

Beatles fans get ready to revisit your past and your love for the “Fab Four!” “Rain” A tribute to the Beatles is coming to the Bell County Expo Center on Tues., Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. “Rain” is currently touring the United States after their huge success on Broadway in New York City.
“Rain” is a tribute band, meaning that they play your favorite Beatles hits note for note and even dress the part. The band members have carefully studied the original Beatles on stage movements and mannerisms and if you close your eyes, you would swear you are actually hearing John, Paul, George, and Ringo live. They make costume changes throughout the show to represent the different eras of their music. Their stage production also includes old video footage from the sixties and seventies.
If you are a “Beatles” fan, you won’t want to miss this concert. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the Bell County Expo Center box office, or online at www.bellcountyexpo.com or by calling Texas box office at (512) 477-6060. I already have my tickets, so I hope to see you there.