“I heard the bells on Christmas Day!”…Peace on Earth, Good Will to men!

by Judy BushyPeace on Earth
What do you think of when you remember Christmas as a child, a youth, and through the years?
My early Christmases were spent at the large two story home that my grandfather, Granville Ainsworth Hudson, had built over fifty years before as home for his new bride, my grandmother, Lena. There was plenty of space for five daughters, son, all the spouses and at least a dozen children for breakfast. No one could do anything until breakfast of oatmeal and cherries, was eaten together and the dishes all washed, except look at the beautifully lit tree, We’d first seen the tree that morning as the adults decorated late Christmas eve. After dishes, we opened presents and then my mother would gather us to leave for church. I’d put on a red choir robe for the junior children’s choir. The organ would play out the joyous music as the bells in the tower rang and we began the processional singing down the aisle.

It is such fun to see the joyous anticipation of children at this time of year. At a department store in Minneapolis while in High School— two Christmas seasons. It was especially fun when I got to help the elves make handmade candy canes that were given out by Santa Claus! Cleaning up the orange soda that was stuck everywhere from the tykes dropping them wasn’t as much fun, but it was so neat to see people thoughtfully buying gifts for the children in their lives!

After meeting my husband the week of high school graduation at seventeen, we were busy driving from Minneapolis to Bayfield, Wisconsin each Christmas Eve. After time with my family we drove 300 miles to Dan’s family on the shores of Lake Superior for Christmas morning. Usually there was a blizzard. It was always beautiful and we loved the snow. The years went by and we added pur little ones, and they kept growing up fast.

As they years went by I’d usually have first five or six and then ten or more children every day for daycare. We’d make something new, ornaments, gifts, wrapping paper and cards; projects of artwork and stories, songs and games each day in December.. That was always fun!

But sometimes this isn’t such a happy time of year. There was 1976, when my mother was in the hospital, mostly unconscious from before Thanksgiving to New Years eve.. We were grateful for the years the Lord had given us with her as she was expected to leave us six months after the diagnosis/ Instead, by the Lord’s mercy, was able to be present for four grandchildren thirteen years later.

I remember in 1990, crying for months solid. It is unbelievable how much tears a person has capacity to shed. Anytime “I’ll be home for Christmas” was sung or another program suggested families all being together, would bring on another cloudburst, since our oldest son had gone home to be with the Lord October 26th.

Even when it isn’t a time of great grief or sorrow, this time of year it just seems like there should be gatherings of friends and family, When that isn’t possible, missing them is hard. So sometimes this time of year isn’t the joy and excitement as it is at other stages of life.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, written at a time of civil war and hardship, speak of the truth of the joy of the season. “I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words repeat, of peace on earth, good-will to men! Then from each black, accursed mouth the cannon thundered in the South,And with the sound the carols drowned,
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! It was as if an earthquake rent the hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn the households born of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head, “There is no peace on earth,” I said; “For hate is strong,And mocks the song Of peace on earth good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail,The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.”
With all the hate and war on the earth, lets remember the way of peace on earth, good will to men!

Santa Claus is coming to Happy Camp Town!

All Deced out for first meeting Santa!

ShuttleBugs Helped Santa & Serving Refreshments

by Judy E. Bushy

Thanks to Cathleen Searle for being in charge of the Community Tree Lighting plans for the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to all the others who helped with this event! Scott Valley Bank popped popcorn.Volunteer Fire made sure that Santa arrived in the fire truck. Friday, December 5th.

This annual event is held in the Forest Service Parking lot on Highway 96. The Shuttlebugs led by Dinah from Forest Lodge Motel will be serving refreshments. Chamber president, Bob “Javabob” Schmalzbach, offered to help hand out popcorn and apple cider, also. The ladies at the Scott Valley Bank popped the popcorn.

Chamber Member, Dan Effman, had his Kwik Dogs cart available for hot dogs and delicious hot chocolate for those who didn’t have time for supper.

That special visitor with white whiskers and a red suit will be arriving thanks to the Happy Camp Volunteer Firemen. Plan to bring the children. Don’t forget the mittens and caps to keep warm lining up to tell Santa their wishes and get their candy cane.

Christmas Town and the Garbage Truck


Christmas Preparations in Happy Camp….

by Judy Bushy, (Reprinted from Siskiyou Daily News December14, 2010)
What talented neighbors we have along the lovely wild Klamath River community. I got some cute little soft Gingerbread people toys and other fun gifts at the Grange Holiday Bazaar Lisa had beautiful handmade cards (Greg may have taken some of the photos, too) and they were enhanced with sparkles!! It was good to see Sharon Whitman. Ann had knit caps and baby blankets. Teresa, Ashley Diaz, Brittany had a table with Avon and knives and a beautiful jeweled sword.

The table with beautiful heritage estate jewelry was Terry Winslow’s.
The youngest seller, Abigail Eadie had Abbeys’ Fashionable Flowers, to decorate one’s hair as well as raffle tickets for the 8th grade wood raffle tickets. What a practical thing to raffle since wood heat is so comfortable this time of year. Her dad, Kirk, had an array of marshmallow shooters, in white or camo, or instructions if you wanted to make your own. Linda Thompson was selling bread and muffin products as well as hot pads, and shoulder wraps. We got a potato baking bag for microwave which we need to try out. Ruth’s hot pads, bibs and handmade items were lovely. She also had beautiful fabric to purchase quarters, which was tempting because they were so nice. Seaman’s were serving the soup and fresh bread. You could also have a loaf or cinnamon rolls to take home! There were so many crafts-persons; I wish I could mention them all! The Grange Holiday Bazaar is always fun and they may plan a spring event so all you artists and crafters may want to be prepared.

Happy Camp High School had half day Monday for staff development. The principal arranged a wonderful surprise for the staff when he arranged for a luncheon at Bonnie’s place. The school was transformed with linen tablecloths, cedar, rosemary and ivy greens with sparkling silver and gold stars and tea lights for centerpiece, real china, silverware and napkins. The dinner, roast beef sandwiches with winter squash, and barley soup was delicious! The dessert was fantastic too! Thank you to the Martha Stewart of Happy Camp, Bonnie Alvarez for cooking, her helpers and especially Alan and Carol!

Thanks to Cathleen Searle, Dinah Sulipeck, and Danielle Bailey, Melanie,and Coleen Goodwin, as well as the Volunteer Firemen and Santa and Company who made the Tree Lighting a success. It was such fun to see all the kiddies tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas!

After the Community Tree Lighting I joined my husband at the Grange for a Forest Service potluck. Wow! Can they cook! It was especially fun to see those who have retired and returned for the event. George & Alice Harper, Phil & Maybel Weeks, Annie & Harold Buma, Bob Roncee and Kathy Tolland.

At this glad time of year when there is so much celebration with Hanukkah and Christmas and all they bring, sometimes sadness creeps in, like the Grinch that stole Christmas. Sometimes there are sad memories or missing loved ones who are far away now, but that is usually balanced with the happy and joyous memories of Christmas past.

However, should sad things come along that might ruin the celebration, remember the Rule of the Garbage Truck applies. A recent e-mail explained that “many people are like garbage trucks, they run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger and disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally, Just smile, wave, wish them well and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t. Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it. Have a blessed, garbage-free day!”
The truth in love always wins!

Jesse Tree Celebrates Christmas in Happy Camp

girls admire Christmas Jesse Tree at Fellowship

by Judy Bushy

Jesse Tree has been celebrated at the Happy Camp Christian Fellowship.This may not look like the traditional Christmas tree to you, and indeed, it is lacking the greens with sparkling lights, shiny tinsel and bright baubles. It is however, traditional in another way.

Margaret Bernhard shared an ornament with an ark on it and read Scripture that tells how Noah’s family was saved from flood, just like Jesus came to save those who believe in Him from destruction. Susan Neal hung an ornament. Vickie Simmons hung a burning bush on the Jesse Tree and read scriptures which told how God spoke through the bush, just as Jesus came to speak to us for God. Deleana read a scripture on “Son of Righteousness” as she hung an ornament on the tree and Pastor Kirk Eadie read four more scriptures.

Two weeks worth of ornaments have been hung on the tree and the rest will each be placed on the Jessie Tree on Sunday December 23rd.

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