A harbinger of happy holidays to come GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

December 02, 1992|By BONITA FORMWALT

It's going to be a wonderful Christmas holiday this year.

Don't take my word for it or even the word of economists predicting a profitable December for retailers. And no, I haven't spoken to a meteorologist who foresees exactly 2.4 inches of snow on Christmas Eve.

I know it's going to be great because the Christmas decorations on the houses in my neighborhood are being put up early. At least two dozen houses have already put up lights and I even saw Mr. Christmas Tree peak through a set of vertical blinds on Thanksgiving night.

I firmly believe there is a correlation between how early the decorations go up and how much fun we have Dec. 25.

Assuming the rest of Glen Burnie is planning to decorate this weekend, I have an idea or two to share.

* If you never wash your windows don't use white Christmas lights. White calls attention to the problem whereas multicolored lights actually enhance the dust, streaks and smudges by creating an ethereal, stained glass effect.

* Large plastic blow-up decorations belong in the same category as jack-o-lantern leaf bags -- a little goes a very long way.

* I may be wrong, but I think those two-dimensional wire and light creations (i.e. sleighs, Santas, stars, etc.) will mark the 90s the way the 60s are symbolized by silver foil trees illuminated by rotating tri-colored floodlights. Or maybe it's just me.

* Try as you like, pink is not a Christmas color. It is the color of a geranium.

* People who keep their decorations up all year round and just turn them on in December are cheating.

Plug in and light up, Glen Burnie.

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What! Your holiday decorations are showing a little wear? They're all (gasp!) pink? Did your sister-in-law decide that drawing names and buying a gift for only one person was not in keeping with the true spirit of Christmas and now you have 22 more names on your shopping list?

Don't worry because this weekend offers an abundance of opportunities to shop at local craft fairs and Santa's Secret Workshops. Take a deep breath. We can get you through this.

Perhaps the largest craft fair in the community is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Glen Burnie Senior High School. The fair is sponsored by the senior class and Glen Burnie High's Key Club, a service organization affiliated with the Kiwanis.

More than 150 crafters will be on hand to sell everything from furniture to decorations to jewelry to special soaps. According to Mary Huey -- math teacher, senior class adviser, Key Club adviser and coordinator of the craft fair -- there is even something for the person who has everything.

"One of [the crafters] is selling goat's milk soap made from the milk of real goats -- Pasadena goats," said Huey.

Members of the Key Club have organized a baby-sitting service for parents who value a little quiet while they shop. Children will be entertained with videos, coloring books and crayons and games for a fee of only $1 an hour.

Refreshments will be sold throughout the day. Proceeds will be used to help finance senior class activities and Key Club projects.

Santa Claus will be sitting at the head of the breakfast table at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School Christmas bazaar and craft sale, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the school's multipurpose room, 120 Dorsey Road.

The jolly old elf himself will welcome area children to join him for breakfast. Although the 9 a.m. breakfast has already sold out, a limited number of tickets are still available for the 11 a.m. seating.

Tickets for the breakfast are $4 for adults, $2.50 for children 10 and under. Children under 2 are free. For reservations, call 551-4308 or 969-8650.

While parents are browsing through the craft items, books and baked goods, children can enjoy games, face painting and a variety of fun activities.

Children as well as their parents will have the opportunity to bu some special (and affordable) gifts for the favorite people in their lives at Woodside Elementary School's Craft Fair and Santa's Secret Workshop, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 160 Funke Road.

Santa Claus will be available to have his photo taken with believers young and old, and refreshments will be sold throughout the day.

A Santa's Secret Workshop and Craft Fair is scheduled for 10 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Southgate Elementary School, 290 Shetland Lane. Volunteers will be available to help young children pick out the perfect gift with the perfect price and have ++ it wrapped and ready to be placed under the tree. For information on Saturday's event, call the school office, 222-6445.

It is hoped that the parents of students at Glendale Elementar School have been on their best behavior this week. After all, their children will be shopping for holiday gifts at the Santa's Secret Workshop today and tomorrow during school hours.

Parents will have the opportunity to check out the gifts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

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