Laurie Henderhan – And a Merry Christmas to All |

Laurie Henderhan – And a Merry Christmas to All

Laurie Henderhan / West Side Stories
Kremmling, CO Colorado

Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year – this is the time of year for good wishes and good deeds.

Many of our Christmas traditions have come from all over the world and have become part of our holiday celebration. The Christmas tree originated in Germany, and the tradition spread to England and was brought to America by the Pennsylvania Germans. Food items were used to decorate the trees and a white candy stick was commonly used. During the 17th century the sticks were curved to represent the shepherd’s crook.

Mistletoe has been used since pagan times and was believed to have magical healing powers. The Scandinavians associated the plant with their goddess of love, and it may be from this that we get the custom of kissing under the mistletoe. Holly, ivy and greenery were thought to have magical powers because they remained green throughout the winter and were used to drive away evil. Legend has it that holly sprang from the footsteps of Christ, the pointed leaves said to represent the crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.

Poinsettias are a native Mexican plant brought to America in 1828. They were likely used in Mexican Christmas celebrations. One legend holds that a young boy had no gift for the Christ child and gathered the branches from the road side, when the other children made fun of his gift and it was laid at the manger, the star-shaped flowers appeared. The red petals are actually the top leaves of the plant, not flowers. I hope all of you will have a very happy and wonderful holiday with your families.

Most of the local businesses will be closing early on Christmas Eve and be closed on Christmas Day, so plan ahead for any shopping or banking you will need to do. Kremmling Mercantile will close at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Grand Mountain Bank will close at 1 p.m., and Bank of the West will close at 2 p.m. Christmas Eve afternoon. The Short Stop, at the west end of town, will be closing at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day for gas and last minute purchases. Kum and Go will be open 24 hours as usual on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Here are some of the Christmas church services in our area:

• The Kremmling Community Church will be holding a Christmas Service on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

• Trinity Episcopal Church will have a service at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve.

• The Parshall Bible Chapel will conduct a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m.

• The Gore Range Baptist Church will have their candlelight service at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.

•St. Peter’s Catholic Church will have Christmas Mass at noon on Friday, Christmas Day.


Congratulations to Jane Dvorak for winning 1st place in the holiday decorating contest sponsored by Mountain Parks Electric and the Sky-Hi Daily News.  Congratulations to Flowers by Marcia for winning the Kremmling Chamber Business Decorating Contest.

Cliffview Assisted Living Center has a new administrator. Jeff Pexton says his first month on the job has been “very rewarding.” Jeff is well known from his many years of banking in Grand County. Cliffview is always looking for volunteers to visit with, read to or help out its residents in any way. Contact Jeff at Cliffview if you would be interested.


The Kremmling Landfill will only be open on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to noon after the first of the year.


Happy 12th Birthday to my granddaughter, Samantha, on Dec. 20. Happy Birthday on Christmas Day to Cody Lemon, and on Dec. 29 to Kendra Bock.


Believe in miracles.

– Contact me at or 970-531-2431 or 724-9575. Have a good week.

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