OUR VIEW: Come to the Events.
We certainly encourage everyone to come out and participate in Christmas activities in and around our communities this week - and in the coming weeks.
Keep on the lookout for activities in your child’s schools and attend if and when you can. We hope employers will be gracious with their time, whenever possible. These moments are so fleeting - and too precious to pass by.
For the record, these are some Clinton activities:
-- Tree Lighting December 2, at 6 p.m. at 211 North Broad Street;
-- O’Lighted Night, December 2 - Jan. 2, 6 - 10 p.m.
-- Clinton Christmas Parade, December 4, 10 a.m. in Uptown Clinton;
-- Together for Christmas, Department of Music, Presbyterian College, Belk Auditorium, December 4, 7 p.m.; and December 5, 3 p.m. Tickets: 864-833-8470.
Many more activities are planned by churches and community groups - and there are parades in Laurens, Joanna and Gray Court, out in rural Western Laurens County, and in many other communities. Be as Covid-protected as you feel comfortable being.
It is right for us to be festive and giving at this time of year.
To remember the Star and the Child as Christians.
To commemorate in many other ways for the many other faiths in America and throughout the World.
To help those who are needy. To pray for families in pain. Look almost anywhere and you will see ways to help - Piedmont Aging’s donations list, Good Shepherd’s donations request, Hospice of Laurens County’s ornaments, the Laurens Library's Angel Tree. Just as we mention some, we inevitably leave out others, although unintentionally so. We thank everyone who at this time of year is moved to organize or participate in an effort that helps someone else.
Let us keep in our thoughts Waukesha, Wisconsin, which suffered a tragedy during its Christmas Parade on November 21. A time of joyful celebration cut tragically short by evil thoughts.
Let us keep in our thoughts the men and women who protect us every single day.
No one can be assured of what the future holds. It is a mystery we are not intended to know. But we can shape it each day with our positive thoughts and actions. Our small Southern town, Clinton, South Carolina, has such a heritage of service to those in need, from Thornwell to Whitten Center, and all stops in between. Let us strive to always make this action the hallmark of our community.
As you are able, join in a community celebration during these holidays. Have a wonderful Christmas.