THIS YEAR, as usual, I'm not ready for Christmas. Not a decoration has been hung. No cookies have been baked. There will be a few presents under the tree. That is, if a tree gets put up at all. But this year I have a good excuse: We have a new baby in the family.
Our grandson, Aydan Stephen Kraning, made his grand appearance Sunday, weighing in at a hefty 9 pounds, 5 ounces. Mom, Dad and (most important) Aydan are doing well.
Who cares about trees, lights, cookies or gifts? We have been given one of life's greatest blessings, a sweet new babe.
So, merry Christmas to you and yours.
Songs of the season
Add a little music to your Christmas celebrations by attending a concert by the Arundel Singers at 7 p.m. Sunday at Jenkins Memorial Church, 133 Riviera Drive in Riviera Beach.
The community is invited, and church members will serve refreshments after the concert.
Live Nativity scene planned
Continuing an annual tradition, Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will present a live Nativity scene from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.
The scene, visible from Ritchie Highway, will feature church groups portraying the holy family, shepherds and wise men.
Ushering in new year
Several local groups have planned New Year's Eve parties to ring in 1999.
The Stoney Creek Democratic Club, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road, will have a party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tickets are $25 and include a catered dinner, open bar, hats and noisemakers.
Night Wind will provide music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Food will be served from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Reservations: 410-255-7960 or 410-255-4611.
Knights of Columbus bash
Monsignor Raymond P. Kelly Knights of Columbus Council 10922 will have its New Year's party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at St. Jane Frances' parish hall, 8513 St. Jane Drive in Riviera Beach.
Tickets are $30 and include appetizers, open bar, a buffet dinner, desserts, midnight champagne toast, party favors, coffee and pastries.
Disc jockey Paul Tayman will provide dance music.
Proceeds from the party will help pay for the council's annual awards ceremony honoring local police and firefighters.
Information: John Smith, 410-360-4848; Andy Sreboski, 410-255-3198; or Len Switala, 410-437-1216.
VFW to party at post home
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2462 will have its party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the post home at 1720 Bayside Beach Road.
Tickets are $25 and include a prime rib dinner, open bar, and a champagne toast at midnight.
A disc jockey will provide music for dancing and karaoke.
Lake Shore plans celebration
Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company will have a New Year's party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. in its hall on Mountain Road near Lake Shore Drive.
Tickets are $31 a person or $60 a couple if purchased by Dec. 25. Afterward, tickets are $35 a person.
Information: Sandy Schloer, 410-768-0423 or Debbie Schlotterbeck, 410-437-1321.
Pub Date: 12/18/98