Chaos seems to be emerging as a holiday tradition

NEIGHBORS

November 24, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

As usual, I'm not ready for Thanksgiving.

It's not that cooking a turkey dinner is so hard, it's what Thanksgiving ushers in. Cooking a turkey these days involves minor math and an oven. Nobody has to truss and pluck a bird. Some of my Sunday dinners are more complex.

No, the problem with Thanksgiving is that it ushers in the holiday season for a family with diverse tastes. Now Diversity is a good thing, ordinarily; so is Tradition. But when these two good concepts met, they gave birth to the twins Chaos and Exhaustion.

An example from my logbook will suffice: Nov. 24, Thanksgiving -- cook and serve many people; Hanukkah begins Sunday night -- find dreidel, menorah, many candles.

Dec. 5 is St. Nicholas Day -- fill shoes with candy and small gifts in the middle of the night; Dec. 6 and Dec. 9 are two family birthdays. Dec. 14 to Dec. 24 -- scope out tree sellers, find holiday dishes, wrap gifts, bake cookies, take goodies to neighbors, attend parties, decorate tree.

Enchanting holiday tradition is incorporated into our lengthening festivities.

The only thing I don't have to do is set out the coffee and cookies for Santa. Maybe I can persuade the kids that this year Santa prefers brandy.

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This Thanksgiving, the First Baptist Church of Guilford playhost to a Thanksgiving Day service and dinner for the residents ** of Springfield State Hospital, Winter Growth Adult Day Care and Almost Family Day Care at 10 a.m.

The Rev. John Louis Wright will be the host pastor and the choir will provide the music. What a very welcoming way to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Leaders of the Junior's Basketball League of the Savage Boyand Girls Club are pleased to have so many volunteers as coaches and assistant coaches this year.

Thanks to Paul Wilkinson and Paul Thompson from the passing Bucks; to Steve Hutcheson and Steve Wilson from the roaring Lions; to Matt Rushing from the ferocious Wolverines; to Chuck and Coleen Hosler and Tony Landini from the disciplined Spartans; to Roy Newcomb and Marc Zammichieli from the untamed Wildcats; to Pete Johnsen and Bill Riley from the gnarly Gophers; to Randy Davis and Gary Stewart from the keen Hawkeyes; to Brian Bixler and Whitey Kincius from the high scoring Hoosiers and to Bernie McClellan from the tenacious Badgers.

E9 We're looking forward to a hard fought season's play.

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The First Baptist Church of Savage is playing host to Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who wants to come. As their fliers say: "It's free, like God's love."

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Roberta Laric's art students at Forest Ridge Elementary are about to change over their contributions to the decor of the Savage Library.

Look at the portraits quickly, because in another few weeks, they will all be replaced by mixed media works on the theme of trees.

Look for textural collages of trees from first-graders, some Matisse-like collages of leaves from the second-graders, three dimensional works from the third-graders in the trophy case.

The fourth-graders are learning to use brushes used in Oriental scroll paintings. The fifth-graders are pulling prints from natural materials and incorporating poetry in the works.

+ Come soon for best viewing!

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Last weekend Savage Mill played host to its open house angingerbread house contest. The prize-winning entries will be on display for the holidays.

Come see the traditional houses by Shiley Gibbins, Sue Neiman and Patty Larson. The chocolate Santa, sled and reindeer look scrumptious.

In the student category, 13-year-old Jessica Nicola won first place for her cookie village scene, complete with steepled church and skating pond.

Nine-year-old Sheena Callage won second prize for her gabled house with balcony and separate chimney.

It's quite a work of ginger architecture.

Five-year-old Alex Callage took third prize with his A-frame house with pretzel fence.

My favorite category is always the unusual one.

This year, Marie Joholski's North Pole scene well deserved first prize.

The shadow box interior of Santa's home features a bay window with clear candy panes, the requisite Christmas tree and chimney and an assortment of frosting elves cavorting on the cracker floor.

Outside, Santa himself oversees the reindeer dinner of carrots while penguins skate on the pond. It's a lovely piece.

Sharon Murray's lilac birdhouse had a tree and fireplace inside, visible through the front hole.

Finally, the first prize in the professional category went to Paul Ganoe for his 2-foot-tall fireplace surmounted by a realistic cuckoo clock, complete with carved birds and pine cone weights.

All in all, this is a display to fire gingerbread ambitions. Maybe this will be the year I finally make the Eiffel Tower in spun sugar. Or maybe not.

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On Tuesday, the children at Laurel Woods Elementary will learn about the damage that too much sameness can lead to.

As part of the labels project, the children will see a play in the early morning on this theme, then break up into discussion groups with an actor from the play and a teacher to explore how our differences divide, define and delight us.

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It ought to spark some interesting dinner conversations!

Make a note to register for Hands-in-Harmony, a musical performance by a sign language troupe presented at the East Columbia and Elkridge branches of the Howard County Library.

Last year my daughter and niece attended this performance at the Savage branch. A year later, they can still sign Jingle Bells.

The East Columbia concert runs Wednesday Dec. 7 from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Call the two libraries for information and for directions. The telephone numbers are (410) 313-5085 for Elkridge and (410) 313-7730 for East Columbia.

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