It's hard to believe that it's time to say farewell to 2012 and welcome 2013. As I reflect on the year, personally I'll remember attending my granddaughter's high school graduation and seeing her enter college a milestone in our lives. On a local and national level, 2012 will be memorable to me for the effects of superstorm Sandy and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Let's hope nothing in 2013 compares to either of them.
Throughout the month of December Lower Macungie Library will feature the works of Mary Ellen Stoyanov. She enjoys painting nature and is displaying her watercolors of trees.
The library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas. The library will close 2 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed Jan. 1, 2013.
The days are flying by. Lights and decorated trees are everywhere. People are scurrying about looking for that last minute perfect gift for a child, a favorite relative or friend. In our rush to remember everyone we sometimes forget whose birthday we're celebrating. We have no gift for him. Is it because it can't be bought on sale, wrapped in colorful paper, tied with a bright ribbon? We put value on the cost. Something that is free like the gift of ourselves we consider worthless.
Emmaus High School students are counting down the days until the long-anticipated Christmas break.
Until then, there are quite a few events and activities in place at Emmaus High School. On Dec. 6, parent teacher conferences were held at EHS.
In honor of National Computer Science Education Week, there was a computer science showcase at EHS Dec. 6, following parent teacher conferences. Visitors met computer science professionals from the community, saw a demonstration from the Robotics Club and enjoyed cake and apple cider.
Macungie Holiday will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Local businesses, the Historical Society and Macungie Memorial Park participate in this borough-wide event. The activities include a scavenger hunt for all ages with participating businesses and community organizations; pictures with Santa at the Macungie Institute; free holiday trolley rides throughout the borough; and holiday crafters at Macungie Memorial Park. The winners of the 10th annual gingerbread competition will also be on display during Macungie Holiday. For more information, call Macungie Institute at 610-966-7830.
On Dec. 8, Old Zionsville UCC Church, 5981 Fountain Road, Old Zionsville, will hold its annual cookie walk 8 a.m. to noon. Homemade Christmas cookies and candy will be for sale by the pound. For information, call 610-966-5115 or 610-966-5220.
On Dec. 15, Old Zionsville UCC will host an all you can eat breakfast and bake sale 7 to 11 a.m. There will be a cost for guests six and over. The public is welcome.
The Upper Milford Youth Association will not meet this month. They will meet next 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 2013.
Emmaus offers several festivities that will help to get you in the holiday mood.
The Friends of the Emmaus Public Library will host a wine and cheese reception and holiday book sale 6 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Margaret Knoll Gardner room of the library, 11 E. Main St. Musicians from Emmaus High School will entertain.
Decorations, carols, gift items abound in the malls, shops and on television. Much too soon for my taste. To me, Christmas season begins with Santa Claus riding on his sleigh at the end of the Thanksgiving Day parade. It has been this way for more than 50 years. I hope it will be so for 50 more.
The weather seems to have calmed down a bit. One weather person announced on television it will be a "moody" winter. No explanation as to what she meant by that description.
The Lower Macungie Township Community Center will be collecting new children's pajamas infant through size 18 and new books to donate to local children's shelters. Teenage sizes are especially needed. Donations can be dropped off through Nov. 30 in a drop-off bin in the lobby.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Lower Macungie Community Center 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2. A photographer will be available to take pictures with Santa.
It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving is upon us. It is the time of beloved four "F's" of fall: family, friends, football and food. Thanksgiving is the one day a year when it is totally acceptable to consume abundant amounts of food, followed by lounging on the couch for the rest of the day.
East Penn School District schools will be closed for Thanksgiving break Nov 22 through 26 for students to spend time with their families.