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Editor:

Words seem inadequate to say "THANK YOU" to the hundreds of people who helped with the great "magic" for "Christmas in Marinette" Saturday, Dec. 2.  Seeing and witnessing the joy and delight on children's faces was overwhelming. Seeing Christmas through the eyes of children is so "magical".

Thank you to Bay Cities Multi-Media for sponsoring the Holiday Craft Show and Shop with A Cop. Participation from vendors, volunteers and law enforcement officers made a wonderful event possible. Also, the Marinette Fire Department is to be commended for an "Open House" with tours and treats.

The streets were filled with excitement and apprehension, as the sounds of the Christmas Parade made its way down Main Street at 1 pm. Entries were plentiful and exceeded the expectations again. Congratulations to the Marinette Marching Marines for being voted "Best Over-All" participant. Their spirited Christmas music always adds a special heart beat to everyone along the parade route.  Many of Santa's elves were present throughout the parade to provide excitement with their special treats and surprises ! The youngest Elf was "Princess Caroline" who suddenly appeared at the side of Elf Shelley.

Once again, at the sight of Santa (and Sparky, the Fire Dog), riding atop the fire engine waving and greeting the crowd, nostalgic tears filled the eyes of adults and children alike.  Waving their hands and ringing bells high above the truck, Santa made his magical appearance.

At the Stephenson Public Library, Santa arrived amid throngs of hugs, cheers and photographers.  His visit was thrilling and his lap was filled throughout the afternoon.  Santa took time to read to the children gathered around his chair. The elves assisted in all of the activities of the afternoon.  Goody bags, coloring books and "magic corn" for the reindeer was distributed to all of the children. "Friends of the Library" served hot chocolate and Christmas cookies all afternoon while librarians and student volunteers, dressed in Narnia costumes made sure that every child was given a chance to make a special craft. Meanwhile, First Street Academy of Dance performed all afternoon.

Passing through the Welcome Center for a quick visit with the crowd being entertained  by Bob Grager and "Senior Moments" friends, Santa enjoyed the festive spirit. Members of the Marinette Woman's Club, and Welcome Center staff,  kept the hospitality table full and filled the air with their voices, singing Christmas Carols.

Joining hands with the children and making their way to the decorated Stephenson Island, Santa, Mayor Genisot, "Elf Shelley" with the apprentice elves, met the large gathering of community people at Marinette Tree to begin the traditional tree lighting and other displays.  Cadet Rachel Aren, an intern with the Salvation Army, played Christmas Carols with her trumpet, to lead the singing.  Major Carol Lemirand rang the "first bell" of Christmas and presented it to Mayor Genisot.  Small bells were handed out to all those gathered prior to the count "down to "light "up" the Island.  It was  the perfect ending to a perfect day !

A very special thanks to the many merchants and businesses that donated door prizes, participated in the parade, and/or took enormous time and cost to "Adopt A Tree".  Plus thank you to the Public Works employees, the police and fire departments who helped, and thank you to the wonderful people who supported this event and made the feeling of Christmas come alive in Marinette.  May Christmas continue to be as special as you and live in your heart all year long.

Judy Alwin,

Marinette Welcome Center



Celebrate "IAM!'

by Lois A Wiederhoeft

God had a plan that would show His Agape.

He would stop the animal sacrifice plan.

He would become the ultimate sacrifice.

With a humble virgin's surrender, began.



"Joseph, leave Nazareth to pay your taxes.

Mary, you must travel with him for My reason.

Joseph, get your donkey to carry Mary, with

One she carries, the focus of a new Season".



They journey ninety miles to Bethlehem,

Their hometown, as citizens, to pay their tax.

They needed somewhere to rest, just anyplace.

Where they would deposit their meager backpacks.



Bethlehem, meaning House of Bread is ahead.

Mary, with mixed emotions knew her delivery

Needed a warm room for her coming Savior.

He's coming, as her Holy child, abruptly.



There's no room in the Inn for this tired couple.

They would share a stable room with cows and sheep.

Animals were witnesses, they heard a cry.

Jesus arrived, as King of kings, needing sleep.



From a bright sky, good news came to the shepherds.

Your Savior is born tonight, in a manger.

They deserted flocks of sheep, then hurried to find

This One, would be worshipped as infant stranger.



His name, Jesus, means Jehovah is Savior.

He was also Emmanuel, God with us.

This baby was Jehovah God, arrived in flesh.

It's the only way God could show, He's Jesus.



As God in man, He called twelve men to follow

His earthly steps, doing miraculous things.

He healed, fed multitudes, poured out His wisdom.

He prayed, "Thy will be done" as King of all kings.



With His planned walk to Jerusalem there would be

His plan as Savior, and resurrected Lord.

Hanging from the cruel cross; the Lamb of God died.

He was buried, and rose according to His Word.



Now celebrate His infant stable presence.

Celebrate His walk on earth, He created.

Let us celebrate His plan for Salvation,

Celebrate I AM! He's never defeated.





Editor:

"What Does Christmas Mean to You?"

Snowflakes falling from the sky,

Couples skating on the pond,

Children making snow angels,

What does Christmas mean to you?



People in love kissing by the fire,

Carolers singing on the streets,

Silent nights shining bright,

What does Christmas mean to you?



Christmas light blinking on and off,

Building a snowman with a carrot nose,

Playing fox and geese in the snow,

What does Christmas mean to you?



A child is born on this day,

In a manger of straw and hay,

A miracle you can't explain,

What does Christmas mean to you?



Families gathering at Grandma's house,

Turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce,

Opening presents in the dawn

What does Christmas mean to you?



Mistletoe hung above the door,

Christmas trees and memories,

Sleigh bells ringing in the night,

What does Christmas mean to you?



Sliding down giant hills,

Candy canes and shiny tinsel,

Children dreaming in their beds,

What does Christmas mean to you?



A child is born on this day,

In a manager of straw and hay,

A miracle you can't explain,

What does Christmas mean to you?



Roger Lanich,

Wausaukee

The following poems were submitted by Joyce Bedora of Krakow, a former Peshtigo resident.



If It Had Not Been For Christmas

If it had not been for Christmas

So many years ago,

When God sent down His only Son

His gracious love to show.

We would not have this time of year,

To wish peace and joy and cheer.

But because of Christmas,

And later the Cross,

We surely know God card for us.

So not only at Christmas,

But all through the year,

May God's love enfold you

And be very near.



Are You God?

A frail little boy

Stood outside a store.

He had no shoes,

And his feet looked sore.

His clothes were ragged

And very thin.

When a stranger walked by

And invited him in.

Little fellow, what kind

Of shoes would you like?

Find your favorite kind,

That will fit just right,

Now pick out a warm jacket,

Gloves, hat and some trousers and shirts.

We don't want Mr. Winter

To cause any more hurts.

When finally suited out,

From head to toe.

The man and little boy

Headed out in the snow.

"Thanks", said the little boy,

His face all aglow.

"Yet there's something, Sir,

I would like to know."

"Are you God?" the boy asked,

With a great big grin.

"No," said the gentleman,

"Just a child of Him."

Then the boy smiled and said,

Without hesitation,

"I just knew you had to be....

Some relation!"



Give of Yourself This Christmas

Are you out of money this Christmas?

Are you feeling discouraged and blue?

Cheer up, my friend, be happy

For there's something you can do.

Give a gift that's more important,

That money cannot buy,

The gift of love and caring,

Is one your can supply.

Tell your children you love them,

Give them hugs and kisses galore.

What gift could be more precious?

Certainly not one from a store.

Show your loved ones they're important,

Encourage them day by day.

It's not the things you give them,

It's the encouraging, kind words you say.

Call a friend that's lonely,

Always keep in touch,

Are just a few kind words

That could mean so very much.

Visit those that are sickly,

Offer a little prayer.

An expensive gift is nothing,

Compared to being there.

Lend a helping hand

To a burdened soul today.

Your gift of help to them,

Will mean more than words can say.

Send a loving letter

To someone feeling blue.

To that dear one that's lonely,

It's a priceless gift from you.

There are many other precious gifts

That only you can give.

For God Himself gave them to you,

To give, each day you live.


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