Last Wednesday was 12-12-12. Many new parents want their babies to be born on dates with numbers that align in the same sequence. It is a bit unusual and it makes the day easy to remember.
I have a great-niece who was born on 9-9-99 and we have no problem remembering her birth date. My brother-in-law was among others celebrating his birthday on 12-12-12 this year.
There is a young man at BIC East and a young lady at BIC West who turned 12 on 12-12-12. I am sure it will be a birthday they will remember throughout their lives.
Some people want to make days, months, and years with the same number out as a bad sign or a good sign but in my opinion it is just the way the numbers fall. The numbers have to align up occasionally. I am not great at math so I am not sure how often it happens, but it is a once in a lifetime thing. I know enough to realize if your birth day is not the same as the month's number, it will never line up.
The number 12 is a useful number we use often. We buy things, such as eggs, by the dozen. There was a movie, Cheaper by the Dozen. We all know there are the 12 days of Christmas, 12 months in a year, and the list can go on.
The number 12 can be divided in halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and twelfths. It is a good number and I hope everyone who was born on 12-12-12 will have a wonderful life. Of course I hope everyone who was born on 12-13-12 also has a great life.
Moving on: we have passed the 12 Days of Christmas mark and have only a week left before Christmas Day 2012.
This week is the Town Crier's Christmas edition and I look forward each year to our Christmas Angel features. I enjoy the interviews I do and reading the ones Nan Snider writes each year. It is a tradition that started with the first Christmas of the Town Crier in 1970 by its founder and first editor Hazel McKinnon.
The women always have so much to share and we can all learn from them. They can remember Christmas before it became so commercialized.
I do agree Christmas has become too commercialized but it is still one of my favorite times of the year. My daughter gave me a set of CDs with all of the old Christmas carols sung by Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Patti Labelle. She gave it to me early so I could enjoy it for the whole month of December. The newer versions of Christmas music are okay, but I still love the old ones. It is hard for me to listen to Silent Night without a few tears.
I love having the family together, Christmas carols, Christmas lights but I especially enjoy remembering why we celebrate. Presents and food are fine but we should not forget to tell our children, grandchildren and everyone we know what Christmas is all about -- the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift of all. I know some people disagree with Christ in Christmas and they have the right to not believe if they choose.
If I ever have to take Christ out of Christmas, I would personally have no reason to celebrate.
This will be the last paper delivered before Christmas so I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and let's hope we have a great New Year.