Here are a pair of notes on the Christmas season from your friendly neighborhood newspaperman.
Thought number one
Santa Claus will make his way to Webster Parish on Monday night and into the homes of boys and girls in every town near Minden.
The anticipation level is high, as the youth of our community have waited for this time ever since last holiday season.
Ah yes, Christmas Day is almost upon us.
And soon the wait will be over.
The Christmas holiday has approached fast this season. It seems as if it were only yesterday that the presents were being opened during the 2011 Christmas edition. However, the quickness of the year only serves as a better way to usher in the holiday events and spirits of the Minden community.
Many local organizations along with several businesses have brought Santa down from the North Pole during his busiest time of year to visit with our children.
The holiday lights of homes throughout the city have been up since before Thanksgiving, providing a festive Christmas glow to highlight the season.
Our local businesses have done a wonderful job of making the holiday shopper feel right at home and also provided many gift ideas so buying at home has become a more pleasant experience than fighting the crowds of larger cities.
And several of our local churches have provided wonderful holiday scenes of entertainment through plays and sketches geared to show the true and most important meaning of Christmas – the birth of the one who would die on the cross.
Minden has done much to usher in the holiday season. And now that the hour is nearly at hand, it is important to be with friends and family and to be happy.
Christmas Day comes but once a year. Take advantage of your time with loved ones.
Oh and kids, remember Santa won't come if you're awake.
A shade more than 2,000 years ago come Tuesday, a young couple in a land far from what would become America brought into this world a child who would change all.
Three decades later, the child, who had grown into a tall and striking man, lost His life. Nailed to a cross fashioned from the sheddings of a Dogwood, the man suffered in ways many of us will never understand.
As the blood slowly drained from His body, he fought a war to catch every breath He took, for the positioning of His body made breathing a near impossible task.
In the end, He lost his battle and slowly, painfully, the man left this Earth.
His death was not the end. He did change our world as was His mission, given from the highest of authorities.
And come Tuesday, we must remember.
Christmas has become about so much more than what it is meant to be.
While sharing in holiday festivities of food, family and fancy gadgets are truly wonderful and highly anticipated annual events, the 25th of December should be about more.
Don't forget these words here today when the children of Webster awaken to see the gifts left from Santa the night before. Soon many families across our area will take to their cars to visit relatives.
And as is tradition, a large holiday feast is probably in the making and soon to be on the dining room table.
However, before the feast, take a moment to say thank you.
For families who make a daily practice of prayer before meals, continue with tradition but take an extra moment on this day. For those in our society who consider themselves too busy to pause before meals, make an early New Year's resolution before the holiday feast.
Christmas is the most wonderful day of the year. It is also the perfect opportunity to begin saying thank you for the Father who gave His only Son, and the Son who suffered so much so that we could have life everlasting.
Merry Christmas, and Happy Birthday to one special person. Thank you.
Josh Beavers is the publisher of the Minden Press-Herald. He is a two-time recipient of the Best Newspaper Column award given annually by the Louisiana Press Association.