Holiday card Miss Manners would hate SOUTHEAST--Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

NEIGHBORS

December 15, 1992|By MAUREEN RICE

Miss Manners would hate my Christmas card if she got one. I am sure she would be horrified that I have resorted to electronic assistance to get the news out to friends, and would feel smug that she sits down and personally writes charming letters to each and all in her own -- perfect, no doubt -- handwriting.

Oh well. Several years ago I figured out that since I wrote the same things over and over again that it would be simpler to type one letter with all the news I could think of and photocopy it to place in each card. So far I've received no complaints, which either reflects my friends' good manners or their own consideration of the same tactic.

For those of you who mimic Miss Manners and hand write lovely letters to nearest and dearest, I have the deepest respect. Good luck and Godspeed with your task.

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Rave reviews to the actors, directors and all who participated in the production of "A Christmas Carol" at Liberty High School over the weekend. Despite cancellation on Thursday due to weather, difficulties with an unenthusiastic piece of scenery and bedlam of the season, the actors were true to their roles.

Tim Miller, a senior at Liberty High, was superb in his role of Scrooge -- and this is a difficult role, particularly for one so young. Rarely have I seen any role played so well on an amateur level. With singing, violins, laughter and tears of a touched audience, and a great time was had by all who came.

Thanks to Kathy Schnorr and Cathy James for giving so much of themselves in directing this production, and to all who took the time to give so many of us such pleasure.

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Faith Lutheran Church will hold its wonderful live Nativity on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. This is always an uplifting experience. If you've never seen it, don't miss it. You'll come back every year like the rest of us who have been before.

New at Faith Lutheran Church this year is the "Hanging of the Greens" which will take place at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The service is open to the public.

"This service, the 'Hanging of the Greens,' was started years ago in a church in Danville, Va., and has spread across the country," said Pastor James Stoltenberg. "It's a beautiful service. The church is bare at the outset, then as the service progresses greens and other symbols are brought in and hung. When the service is finished the entire church is decorated."

The symbolism of the decorations is explained during the service.

If you've always wondered why we light candles, hang greenery and decorate trees for Christmas, join the congregation at Faith Lutheran tomorrow night.

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The PTA "Holiday Workshop" will take place Friday at Eldersburg Elementary School, where students will make gifts ranging from photo magnets to bean soup (jars with beans artistically layered like sand sculptures and labeled with a recipe).

Eldersburg second graders will perform a skit and sing carols for the school, accompanied by several instrumentalists and the Carroll Choristers for the school and parents Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Eldersburg Choristers, a group of fourth- and fifth-grade students, will perform a variety of carols at the Carrolltowne Mall at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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