Christmas will be here before you know it.
We love the holidays and the excitement they bring. In the days surrounding Christmas and leading into the New Year, celebrations are abundant.
In Carroll County and all over the nation, police and health officials, as well as concerned citizens, are asking you to be careful when you travel.
December is national Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and it is critical that we all pull together to keep impaired drivers off the road.
In an effort to remind Carroll County residents about the importance of this cause, WTTR Radio will be broadcasting public service announcements concerning drinking and driving.
"It is something that radio has taken a leadership role in over the past couple of years," said Dwight Dingle, the Westminster station's general manager.
Mr. Dingle said that since Thanksgiving, WTTR began running numerous public service announcements made by representatives of local organizations and agencies.
Among those recording messages were Julie Dunnigan of Carroll Community College; Cpl. Michael Bible of Westminster police; Cpl. J. W. Long of the Maryland State Police; and Christine Miller, of the Carroll County Health Department C.R.A.S.H. (Carroll Resources To Advance Safer Highways).
In addition to the public service announcements, a variety of other activities are planned in Carroll County to promote awareness of drunken driving.
A crashed car has been parked in front of the Maryland State Police barracks in Westminster, and displayed with the car will be a banner that reads "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk, Get TOWED Instead."
The towing program, sponsored by Becker's Service Center and A & D Towing, offers a free ride home for impaired drivers and their cars between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1.
Be safe this holiday season. Don't drink and drive.
Christmas tradition in our house comes and goes, but I like to think
that my family of five is making its own distinctive tradition from year to year.
For example, it is a tradition in our house to put the Christmas tree and all the decorations up the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
It is tradition for our family to make a valiant attempt to see each and every Christmas movie in the theaters before we run out of money or the holiday season comes to an end. Traditionally, we run out of money first.
My daughters very much look forward to the December evenings spent baking holiday goodies; especially those sugar cookies that are always in need of colorful sprinkles, glitter and other candy pieces.
Parties and visits to friends' homes during the holiday season have always been a favorite on the tradition list.
Let's not forget the most traditional visit of all -- that all-important trip to the mall to see Santa Claus.
Certainly, my favorite tradition is going to our Christmas Eve service at church and then returning home for eggnog and some favorite foods.
I get a kick out of helping the kids put out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for his reindeer. This is one tradition that may change over the next several years, but it will never be forgotten.
Finally, there is the tradition of waking up Christmas morning and being able to share the joy of the holiday with my family.
Enjoy your traditions this week before Christmas. And then, Happy Holidays.