Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9
Like many people, I love Christmas!! I know; it is busy, commercial, exciting, and friendly. I look forward to it, but am always glad when it is over. In between there, I pretty much guarantee myself to have a wonderful time.
This year I have gotten involved in the committees planning the Holiday Celebration in Old Town. Seems that folks are torn between what to have for the public, the cost of having it, and who is going to do what. Thank goodness for those few who always seem to make things happen. We have decided to have the shops and restaurants compete amongst themselves for 'best decorated'. There will be some pinatas filled with surprises for the guest children to break, free giveaways of small gifts from businesses, caroling on the streets, and at the Imaculate Conception Catholic Church. In fact the church will also have gift sale and bake sale open to the public. The State Park will have their annual Candlelight Tours. This is really a coming together of the community to share with the larger community.
The great event,(well in my estimation) will be The Posada. Have you ever been to a Posada? This is a Christian Tradition which comes from the Latin Culture. This is where the public may come and accompany Joseph and Mary as they seek room at an inn. You see Mary is pregnant and Joseph has brought her to Bethlehem so that he can be counted in the Census. There are so many people in the city at this time. Joseph and Mary are tired and hungry, and have no friends or family they can stay with while they are in Bethlehem. So they go from place to place only to be turned away because there is no room. Finally, they come to an inn and are told they can stay in the stable. It is on that same evening that Jesus is born.
What is so captivating about this experience is that we, you and I, get to share in the story. We get to follow along, to sing, laugh and perhaps even pray. There will be music, and candles to accompany all of us, as we accompany Joseph and Mary.
So you need to tell your family and friends. Not everyone is a Christian, but everyone can join in and experience this wondrous tradition of faith. This all takes place on Decemeber 13th a Saturday, starting at 6pm. The journey will begin at the Whaley House. You will get to meet some great folks. You will also get to meet Dulcinea. She is so proud to have been selected to carry Mary. She can hardly wait for that great night. She will be all spiffed up. A nice bath and brushing. Hey, maybe a little foo foo smell for the grand occasion. She knows to stay calm, and will not let the crowd bother her. Afterall she has a more important duty, which is to carry Mary safely to the Stables.
So as you can see things are being put in place for the grand Fiesta Navidad in Old Town. December 12th and 13th. Guess, that is all, except for you. We certainly expect you there. So until then,,,,,,later.