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Editor's Musings – Christmas: the good and the bad
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Tom BUSSELBERG

Managing Editor



Christmas is fast approaching. It’s now only 13 days away!

It seems to be approaching so fast. That’s probably due to the late date for Thanksgiving, this year. 

First, I want to highlight some of the many heart-warming and entertaining Christmas-related events available to the community. 

I want to thank those who make these events possible. That entails everything from sometimes tedious planning, to that final execution and elation when all seems to go well. 

There are the hundreds of school students who stage musical and other performances and concerts. Then there are the many others in the community who put together so many events that make the holiday memorable.

Let me mention some of these community events. Note, however, that the list isn’t intended to be complete. I know I’m going to miss an event, but believe me, it’s not intentional. 

 I can’t forget the Davis Clipper’s own Electric Light Parades, held in Kaysville Dec. 2 and Bountiful Dec. 6. First of all, thanks to the many who bundled up and came to enjoy the festivities. Secondly, thanks to those who put together floats or otherwise participated. In the case of Kaysville/Fruit Heights, it is the Kaysville/Fruit Heights Civic Committee that has made sure the parade and tree lighting ceremony run smoothly. 

 Space allows me only to list some  other events, including these that are upcoming:

Ґ A joint Democratic-Republican Parties food drive ends Saturday, Dec. 14. Items may be taken to any Smith’s Food & Drug or R C Willey.

Ґ South Davis Recreation Center Christmas Extravaganza, to be held Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. 

Ґ The Davis Arts Chamber Music Series presents a “Christmas Music Sing-in” with the Weber State Chamber Orchestra at the Kaysville Tabernacle, 198 W. Center, 7:30 p.m.

Ґ Breakfast with Santa, which includes the Clipper among its sponsors, takes place Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Davis Conference Center. There’s all-you-can-eat adult and kids’ buffets, entertainment and a variety of activities for the younger set. Santa, of course, will be there.

Ґ A Community Blood Drive helps give the gift of life. It’s Friday, Dec. 20, 2-7 p.m., sponsored by the non-denominational church Bridge Community, 260 E. Pages Lane in Centerville.

Ґ Through Dec. 23, the Bountiful/Davis Art Center hosts its 39th Holiday Show & Sale at 28 E. State Street, Farmington. 

Ґ”White Christmas”  at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, Centerville, through Dec. 23.

Now I have to give my own take on Black Friday and the commercialism that seems to have invaded the Christmas season, at least in the U.S.

When some people are so eager for bargains that they   throw all civility out the window Р that’s just inexcusable. 

It’s sad and tragic both when a pre-teen  can’t talk to his mother on a cell phone in a store without a “grownup” stealing a toy out of his hand. That’s not to mention the well-publicized trampling of an off-duty Clinton Walmart employee.

I know that businesses need to make a profit. Surely, the Clipper appreciates all of its advertisers and their Christmas promotions. 

But why does Thanksgiving have to be almost another day, at least for those working in retail or for so many eager shoppers, to put it politely? 

Maybe Blue Laws need to be enacted here, as exist in Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island. That limits store openings on holidays such as Thanksgiving.

 I’m not proposing such laws here. But why can’t we all just get along, not let the crowd mentality take over. And, maybe spend a little time with friends and families Р rather than only worrying about the cheapest, fastest way to buy that next gift? 

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