As the month of December progresses, the countdown to the Christmas holiday continues.
About 10 days are left to prepare.
Also, this is a great time of year to remember those who do not have as much as we do and could use some help this season.
Donating to the local food bank is a great way to share the holiday spirit with others. Supporting one of your favorite charities is also a welcomed and appreciated gesture this time of year.
Knowing you have helped your fellow man also gives you a wonderful warm feeling in your heart.
St. John's United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., will hold Christmas services as follows: Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, 6 p.m. Family Style service, "A Razzle-Dazzle Christmas," cherub and joyful noise choirs, jubilation choir and soloists; 9 p.m. Sacred Worship, "How Has a Child Changes your Life," holy communion, chancel choir, handbell choir and soloists. Candle lighting will be included during both services.
Egypt Memorial Park will be having its annual Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 14 at the park pavilion. This event is free and open to anyone with a current paid park membership for 2012. Pizza and soda will be provided. The park is asking a small donation of cookies or other bake goods to be brought along that evening to share.
Santa will be arriving on the fire engine to visit with the children. There will also be crafts, games and plenty of holiday music. Please RSVP to Kathy Warren at 610-262-3140.
The chamber has announced the following events for the month of December:
Tuesday, Dec. 11 – 5:30 p.m., Sam's Club mixer at 901 Airport Center Drive, Allentown.
Thursday, Dec. 13 – 11:45 a.m., Christmas Holiday Membership Luncheon at Fellowship Community. Anyone interested in displaying cash and carry items can secure a table on a first-come and first-served basis. There is a cost. Call the chamber to reserve your table.
Friday, Dec. 14 – at 3 p.m., Ramada ribbon cutting at 1500 MacArthur Road, Whitehall. Refreshments will be served.
The Hokendauqua Park & Playground Association extends warm holiday greetings to everyone.
The HPPA will again be sponsoring Operation Santa Claus during this holiday season.
Santa will begin his annual visit on Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at noon. In case of inclement weather, Santa will attempt to visit Saturday, Dec. 22, beginning at noon.
Once again, Santa's escort will be the Hokendauqua Fire Company, so if you hear the sirens, feel free to come out and say "hello" to Santa.
As quickly as we clean up the Thanksgiving dishes and leftovers, we begin to put up the holiday decorations.
Be careful if you plan to climb up on the roof or the ladder to deck the halls.
The Stiles neighborhood is beginning to look merry and bright as neighbors start the decorating process. Thank you to all the neighbors who have made the community look happy and festive.
The Fullerton American Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at the post home on Fullerton Avenue and Wood Street.
Members are asked to bring a covered dish and a donation to be sent to the USO of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey to welcome home returning military and their families.
The Fullerton Playground will have its annual Christmas Party for all 2012 athletes and families on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fullerton Recreation Building, 901 Jefferson St. There is a small fee.
During the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Nov. 18, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church celebrated the Holy Baptism of Luke Thomas deJongh, the son of Robert and Kimberly (Kauth) deJongh. Kimberly is formerly from the Whitehall area, but the family now resides in Wilmington, Del.
A Miller-Keystone Bloodmobile visited Faith Lutheran on Nov. 12. Twenty three people were registered to give blood, and 20 units of blood were collected.
The next bloodmobile visit will be on Nov. 25. Call the church office at 610-435-0451 to select your choice of appointments.
The Laurel Fire Company is planning Operation Santa for the community and a Christmas party for the children of its members on Dec. 15.
Members can sign up their children for the Christmas party now. Anyone interested in having Santa deliver presents to their house that morning can drop off wrapped gifts complete with child's name and address anytime until Dec. 14.
Volunteers of all kinds are always appreciated at the Laurel Fire Company.
Please volunteer your time at the gift wrapping booth at the Lehigh Valley Mall this holiday season. Proceeds from the booth will benefit Camelot for Children with a portion of the proceeds going to the Simon Youth Foundation.