Washington column for Dec. 24

Hope Huff
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Firehouse Lane, checking his list with Bryce Wharton to see if he been a good little boy. Bryce is the son of Gary and Stephanie Wharton of Sperryville. Hope Huff

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 song say and sing the Christmas carols for all the joy that their words convey and the memories they bring back.

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.

This is a poem that I can remember my mom reading to us at Christmas time:

His Name at the Top

I had the nicest Christmas list,

The longest one in town,

Till Daddy looked at it & said,

“You’ll have to cut it down.”

I knew that what he said was true

Beyond the faintest doubt,

But was amazed to hear him say,

“You’ve left your best Friend out.”

And so I scanned my list again,

And said, “Oh, that’s not true!”

But Daddy said, “His Name’s not there,

That Friend Who died for you.”

And then I clearly understood,

‘Twas Jesus Whom he meant;

For Him Who should come first of all

I hadn’t planned a cent!

I’d made a Christmas birthday list,

And left my Saviour out!

But, oh, it didn’t take me long

To change the list about.

And though I’ve had to drop some names

Of folks I like a lot,

My Lord must have the most — because

His Name is at the top!

Let’s remember to always put his name at the top of the list every day.

WVF&R breakfast

The Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue had a very successful breakfast fundraiser on Saturday. They served around 60 adults  and 25 children coming to visit, guess who! Ho-ho-ho Santa Claus.

Kwanzaa celebration

From Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 is Kwanzaa celebration, which is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.

Flatwood recycling hours

A reminder that the  Flatwood Refuse & Recycling Center will close at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and all day Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  Regular hours are Wednesday and Thursday 7 a.m.  to 7 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. closed Monday and Tuesday.

Many thanks

This writer would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this column over the past year. Continue to call or email me with your news at 540-675-3338 or jan@rappnews.com.

I wish everyone a happy holiday season and best wishes in the New Year!