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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014 7 Just A Thought " l Developing a ,'hnstmas state of mind By RICK KRAFT Music has a magical power. Songs can bring out feelings and emotions that can not be quantified. Just as "a picture is worth a thousand words," a song is probably worth two thousand words... A song from your high school days brings back memories of an earlier season of your life. A children's song. reminds you of singing along with your children when they were small. A love song may spark a warm or longing feel- ing. A Christian song such as "Amazing Grace" has a power all of its own. You get the idea. Songs can change'your atti- tude and they can change your day. They can get you fired up or they can cause you to reminisce or be depressed. A single song can elicit emotions that will carry for- ward after the music ends. Who is your favorite singing group? What are your favorite songs? If you heard a few of your favorite songs'right now, I guarantee it would help brighten your day. As I write this column I am listening to Christmas music. Christmas is unlike most other holidays because of the numer- ous songs that are associated with the holiday. And there is Letters to Santa to be published Rick Kraft something about Christmas mu- sic that makes the holiday extra special. Contained within he music and the words are a state of mind, a set of emotions that warm the heart. Whether it is on the radio, from a CD or ipod, or live sing- ing (as I enjoyed at one of my Christmas parties), the songs bridge the years. This Christmas will be my 57% Most of the common Christmas songs We sing were around long before any of us were able to sing. "The First Noel" has a Cornish or English origin dating back to before 1832, pos- sibly to the 18 th Century. It was first published as a group of car- ols edited by William Sandys. "Silent Night" is traced back to 1818. It was first" performed on Christmas Eve at St. Nicholas parish churdh in the small Aus- trian town of Oberndorf beg Salzburg. "O Come All Ye Faithful" is credited to an English hymnist named John Francis Wade and first appeared in 1751, before America even became a country. We have to go back even further to the Christmas carol "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." It first ap- peared in 1739 having been writ- ten by Englishman Charles Wesley. Then there are popular Christmas songs that are much younger in age. "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" was written by Randy Brooks and first performed in 1979 by Elmo and Patsy Trigg Shropshire. One of my favorite Christmas songs, "Mary Did You Know.," was writ- ten by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene and performed by Michael English in his solo de- but album fn 1991. And a list of Christmas songs goes on and on. Our grandchildren's'children will be nostalgic to songs that haven't even yet been written. But the songs will summon Christmas emotions for the centuries ahead. Christmas would not be Christ- mas without music. I read an account of Christ- mas written in the 1 Corinthians 13 style. This chapter of the Bible is often referred to as the "love chapter." It is often shared at the beginning of a couple's.journey together at their wedding. The writing really captures the core of the Christmas spirit as is cap- tured in many of the Christmas songs we sing. The account goes as follows: The Hidalgo County Herald will publish letters to Santa in ,. the December 26, 2014 edition, ':'::which will:be:on sale Wednes, day, December 24. Letters can be sent to 212 E. Motel Drive, Lordsburg, NM 88045 or emailed to They must be received by Monday, December 22, 2014. t) support during our recent loss. We will ( J] always remember your prayers and kind ,t j expressions of sympathy in our time of sorrow. God bless you all, The Family of. L4tp. Willis H. "Wart" li oa mo 4J4 "If I decorate my house per- fectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my. fam- ily, I'm just decorator. "If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christ- mas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my famib,, I'm just another cook. "If I work at the soup kitchen, carol iff the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing. "If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point. "Love stops the cooking to hug the child. "Love sets aside the decorat- ing to kiss the husband. "Love is kind, though har- fled and tired. "Love . doesn't envy another's home that has coordi- nated Christmas china and table linens. "Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way. "Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in re- turn but rejoices in giving to those who can't. 'Love bears all things, be- lieves all things, hopes all things, endur&, all things. "Love never fails. Video games will break, pear! necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure." Whether it is music or the chance to display love, Christmas is a special time of the year, un- like any other season. But if we break Christmas music and Christmas love down to the siinplest level, it involves the birth of a King. A humble King whose life would change mankind. OF THI A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy THE JOHN A. JOHNSON, JR. HISTORIC PHOTO COLLECTION My challenge to you today is to focus on what Christmas is really about. It is about a God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son here to be our Sav- ior. It is all about a baby who was born in a manger. This baby would grow up to be a man and who would lives life of perfec- tion. This man would not live to The Liberty Bell in Lordsburg, Nov. 16, 1915 Though the Liberty Bell is now a fixture on Market Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it wasn't always so permanent. Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, the bell was often shown at fairs and exhibitions around the country. The bell served as a symbol and reminder of American independence and was occasionally rung and often touched by viewers. The bell made its final trip out of Philadelphia in 1915 to the Panama-Pacific International Ex- position in San Francisco, Cali- fornia. The purpose of the Expo- Christmas lights to be featured The Hidalgo County Herald will once again feature holiday- lit homes in the area. If you know of a house that should be photo- giaphed, please let us know by calling 575-542-8705 or email- ing hcherald@hotmaiLcom. sition was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but it also allowed San Francisco to show off its recovery from the devastation of the 1906 earth- quake and fire and its emergence as a global city. When exposi- tion officials appealed to Phila- delphia for the bell, city repre- sentatives were hesitant to let the bell travel again, fearing that it might sustain damage during the long journey. However, their minds were swayed when they received a signed petition from 500,000 California children ask- ing for the bell. Philadelphia Mayor Rudolph Blankenburg approved the request. The bell began its trip from Philadelphia with a grand pa- rade on July 5, 1915. It had sev- eral scheduled stops before it reached the west coast. By train, the bell traveled over 10,0O0 miles and made stops in thirteen states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyo- ming; Idaho, Washington, and Oregon before reaching Califor- nia. The bell was met with pa- triotic enthusiasm and was one of the highlights of the Exposi- tion. In November, the bell began its return journey to Philadelphia visiting fourteen states, including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Tennessee, Ken- tucky, New York, and New Jer- sey before reaching its destina- tion.. The Panama-Pacific Inter- national Exposition was a World's Fair held in San Fran- cisco from Februar, y 20 to De- cember 4, 1915. The fair was constructed on 635 acres in the city along the northern shore now known as the Marina Dis- trict. In February 2015, San Francisco will launch a yearlong celebration marking lhe 10Oth anniversary of the Exposition with exhibitions, performances and various events San Fran- cisco is certainly "the city that knows how." see his 34 th birthday, but would be hung on a cross until he died. This man, after dying from his h00man life wou,d ,conquer dea,. . llD ?yW e? a L Yo00t h e?H l l?s00u t ff n e 1! by rising from the .dead three days later. Through his death and res- urrection, he offers the gift of eter- nal life to anyone who will ac- cept it. When God created us He gave us free will and because of this choice each of us decides if we want to accept this gift of eter- nal .life. As we are told in John 3:16 about Jesus, "whoever be- lieves in him shall not perish, but have eternal life." This is what Christmas is all about. Christmas is the story of the birth of a baby that today we measure time .by. May you hear every one of your favorite Christmas songs this season, may you display the love that Christmas is all about, may this Christmas be your best Christmas ever, and may you be abundantly blessed in the new year ahead. Just a series of Christmas thoughts... Rick Kraft wishes you a joyous and meaningful Christmas holi- day remembering the child whose birth we are ceJebrating. To sub- mit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@kraftand hunteKcom or write to P.O. Box 850. Roswell, NM. 88202-0850. L t.I " Inpatient/Outpatient " Eye Surgery " Gynecological Surgery Urological Surgery v" Podiatry Endoscopy / Obstetrics -/Odhopedic Surgery ,/Lithotripsy , Ear, Nose and Throat WE CAN HELP! HIDALGO MEDICAL SERVICES 11111] I II HMS has staff available to assist you with enrollment and answer questions for both Centennial Care (formerly known as Medicaid) and the new private insur- ance available through the New Mexico. Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX). 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