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Take Christmas memories as they come


SOMETIMES, the best parts of a holiday are the things we never planned. The stories we most cherish can be accidents or worse, like the Christmas tree falling over or the dog eating the turkey.

Everyone remembers buying a child a gift, only to find that he loved the box more than the toy inside. We can't always plan the best memories. We just have to enjoy them as they come.

Two-year-old Justin Patrick Leuba of Crofton grinned from ear to ear when he talked about Christmas. It had been a wonderful time. And what did he like the best among all those presents? "Ornaments," he decided.

Shane Kramer, another Crofton 2-year-old, had a problem Christmas Eve. Just before he went to bed, his mom, Gail, put out cookies and milk for Santa. Shane pointed out that he wanted no strangers coming into his house in the middle of the night.

Early next morning, Shane and his parents went downstairs, and there were the cookies and milk, untouched. And no presents. Shane's mom reminded him that he hadn't wanted Santa inside. But the story had a happy ending. The Kramers opened the front door and there was a big bag with Shane's name on it. Santa knows naughty, nice -- and shy.

One of Crofton's loveliest Christmas traditions continued this year as the First Baptist Church of Crofton presented a live Nativity scene in front of the church on Crofton Parkway on the three days before Christmas.

Linda Hackley organized the event. Eight parish families took turns displaying a living portrait of the Christmas manger scene. The parish's Royal Ambassadors, led by Jeri Davers, and the Girls in Action, led by Tammy Lenahan, welcomed visitors and handed out leaflets telling the history of the candy cane.

Fire Department fund-raiser

The Odenton Fire Department is holding a fund-raiser to buy two automatic external defibrillators for cardiac-arrest calls. The department needs $35,000.

Each donor will get a free portrait by Portraits by Precious Moments at the fire station. Donations may be mailed to the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department, 1426 Annapolis Road, Odenton 21113. Information: 410-674-4444.

The fire company also announced its new officers. Elected were: William P. Rose Jr., president; Wyle Donaldson, vice president; Erik Kornmyer, recording secretary; Paula Skryja, corresponding secretary; Jonathan Newman, membership secretary; Louis D'Camera, treasurer; Randy Hoffman, financial secretary; and John Rose and Marianne Pfeiler, members at large.

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Pub Date: 12/29/98

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