Washington column for Dec. 23

It’s Christmas time

What do I wish for? I wish to return some of the love that’s been given to me — to share in the beauty of this earth. A cloud is worth watching until it passes from one horizon to another. Taking a walk when the snow is falling, looking at the stars on a cold, clear night and remembering that any green thing that grows is proof that God exists are wonders worth savoring at this time of the year.

It all comes into focus at Christmas. It’s a tender time. We open ourselves to love by exchanging gifts, but what those presents really say is “I love you.”

Let’s be people with giving hearts and I pray that it will always be so. It’s part of our strength. It’s something we learned as children that we can share with someone who’s down on their luck and can use a boost.

Take pleasure in the Christmas season. Be merry like the songs say and sing the Christmas carols for all the joy that their words convey and the memories they bring back.

There is nothing in this world that can take the place of awakening on Christmas morning with that childlike sense of wonderment and eagerness to discover what gifts are beneath the tree.

A child of Christmas is anyone who believes and as we celebrate this Christmas, let’s remember to give thanks, to give love, to be joyous and to share in the belief that this season of giving is worth celebrating.

This is my wish every year.

Edward Birckhead tells his wish to Santa at the Washington fire hall breakfast. Edward is the son of Eddy and Carolyn Birckhead of Washington. Photo by Hope Racer.

WVF&R breakfast

The Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue had a very successful breakfast fundraiser on Saturday. They served between 60 and 70 people with 17 children coming to visit, guess who! Ho-ho-ho Santa Claus.

WVFR thanks everyone who attended.

Christmas shopping

Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Time is running out.

For some of us, gas prices are still high, and we’d rather shop close by. Take a stroll down Main Street and check out all the different shops. Stop by R. H. Ballard Art, Rug & Home and the Geneva Welch Gallery on Main Street. They have a nice selection of gifts for that special person on your list. For the ladies who like gold and silver, Goodine’s Designs in Gold & Silver is the place up the street. The Inn at Little Washington Gift Shop is another place to shop for the holidays.

While shopping be sure to stop by the Country Cafe and enjoy home cooked choices from the menu. Don’t forget their luscious desserts.

Ben Montgomery and his dad, Scott, went hunting in Pennsylvania earlier this month where Ben, 13, shot his first buck – a six-pointer. The Montgomery family lives in Washington; Ben is an eighth-grader at Rappahannock High School.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to my dad, Pastor John Burke, who will celebrate his special day on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; to Mary Ann Kuhn, whose birthday is Dec. 26; and Mae Racer who will celebrate her day on Dec. 31.

Also birthday wishes go out to Willie McFarland of Washington, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on Monday (Dec. 27). Betty Grigsby, his daughter, would like to wish him many more to come, and she loves you very much.

Merry Christmas to all! I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday and that Santa brings you everything that you asked for.