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River Creek Blog: ‘Tis the Season

With the holiday season, trees have come alive with lights, houses display wreaths, caricatures of Santa, snowmen, elves, strings of lights, music and other decorative features. Parties and special events collaborate to celebrate the season along with the spirit of giving.

This season began with a gala at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa on Nov. 25 on behalf of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The biennial Cotillion-Beautillion program honored 16 teenage debutantes and beaus who had undergone a nine month training program in high school to emphasize etiquette and social graces.

The Potomac Club sponsored a food drive and had their traditional Christmas tree tagged with wishes inviting people to contribute toys for needy children. They had a contest for folks to construct gingerbread houses. Riverside High School and Belmont Middle School collected candy for the troops overseas, and Santa appeared in Lansdowne and River Creek.

Memorable Times Past

Ms. Colure Caulfield, seated at Brew Loco in Lansdowne Town Center, said that her most memorable Christmas was two years ago when her baby unexpectedly was born on Christmas Day.

Cathy Frye, one of the proprietors at Brew Loco, said “My favorite memory is the year we took a family photo at Christmas. Everyone was smiling at the same time and the dog faced the camera.”

One Jewish fellow recalled his boyhood during Hanukkah, when some of his buddies told him they were envious of him since he had eight days of presents while they had only one.

Kristi Nimmo of River Creek, at age five lived near the railroad tracks in Kansas. On Christmas Eve her bedroom shook from a passing train and she thought, “The passing of the railroad cars looked like reindeer. I knew better than to spy on Santa and so promptly went to sleep.”

And the classic one when Wally Rustad, an Army enlisted man in the 1950s, boarded a no seats available train in New York bound for his home in Williston, North Dakota on Christmas eve. “All was well, I was on my way; a seat in the lavatory and a watchful conductor, $50 in my pocket and some certainty to get home with family.”

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