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Keiser's Role

Keiser's Role

A column by Trevor Keiser

December 23, 2009 - Wow, I can't believe Christmas is here already. It seems like just last week was Thanksgiving, but then again they were already playing Christmas songs on the radio before Thanksgiving.

Coworker Wendi was overwhelmed with elementary Christmas parties, so she asked if we all could take a school and help out. I chose Springfield Plains Elementary.

As I walked down the hall to the little Kindergartners, I listened to the sounds of laughter and joy filling the rooms. I was glad to see so many parents who took time out of their day to enjoy some holiday fun with their kid(s). They plan the parties at just the right time of the day, so once the child is filled up on sugary snacks and drinks, it's time to send the sugar-happy child home with mom and dad. Genius, I tell you, genius.

I can still recall some of my own elementary Christmas parties. Man, does it feel like forever ago. I remember the boys had to bring in a "boy gift" and the girls, a "girl gift." One year I got a Boomerang. I remember I was so excited because I thought I would be like Zelda (for those of you old enough to remember the Nintendo videogame character.)

My boomerang was not quite like Zelda's. No matter what way I threw it, it would never fly back to me. In fact, it broke the same day. Darn cheap plastic, I bet Zelda's wasn't plastic.

I also have some friends who are bound and determine to teach me how to ski or snowboard this year, so we'll see how it works out.

Christmas is so much more than parties, sugar cookies, plastic boomerangs, and snowboarding. It's a time for giving and sharing love with one another or, as one Christmas song puts it, "Goodwill towards men."

Even beyond that though, Christmas is a time to remember "the perfect gift," which God gave us many years ago when he blessed Mary with the birth of a son who would be born in a manger and change the world forever. His name is Jesus and I am so glad we get the chance to celebrate his birthday every year. God bless you everyone and have a safe holiday.

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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