WHY DO YOU have a single strand of Christmas lights that isn't connected to anything dangling from your fence?" my sister asked she entered my house.
Glaring at her, I pushed past her and turned on the floodlight by the garage. In a pinch it could pass for the star of Bethlehem.
This was one of those Christmases that called for slightly creative interpretation. It wasn't that I didn't have any holiday spirit, I simply misplaced it.
"What happened? This year you seem so " her voice trailed off.
So what? Disorganized? Harried? Snippy?
It's hours before the big day, and my unopened 5-pound sack of flour to make cookies with is still on the shelf, next to the unopened 5-pound bag of flour I bought last year to make cookies. The heirloom candle holders my grandmother gave me stand empty, awaiting Domino's Pizza to add 12-inch taper candles to its delivery menu.
The angel on top of my tree is wearing a sombrero, and I have no idea where it came from. "Maybe," my sister said thoughtfully, "Martha Stewart would consider the sombrero an international touch." It works for me.
Feliz Navidad, Glen Burnie.
Tonight, in a sleigh, perched atop a pickup truck, Santa Claus and his company of helpers will continue the tradition of visiting the children of Glen Burnie before his trip around the world.
Santa -- Glen Burnie's Chick Schulz the other 364 days of the year -- will take last-minute requests from area children as he and his entourage make their way through the communities served by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association. The visit, sponsored by the GBIA and the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company, will begin at 5: 30 p.m. and will make these stops:
5: 30 p.m.: Georgia Avenue and Maple Lane; Maple Lane and Virginia Avenue Virginia Avenue and Crain Highway; New Jersey Avenue and Oak Lane; Maple Lane and New Jersey Avenue; Linden Lane and New Jersey Avenue; Linden Lane and Greenway; Greenway and Oak Lane; Greenway and Maple Lane; Central Avenue and D Street.
6 p.m.: Circle Brownshade Drive. Central Avenue and B Street; First Avenue and A Street; First Avenue and B Street; First Avenue and Maple Lane; First Avenue cul-de-sac; Second Avenue and D Street; Second and Glenview avenues; Glenview and Third avenues; Third Avenue and D Street; Oak Lane and Second Avenue; Second Avenue and C Street; Second Avenue and B Street; Second Avenue and A Street; Third Avenue and A Street; Third Avenue and B Street; Third Avenue and C Street; Third Avenue and Oak Lane; Fourth Avenue and D Street; Fourth Avenue and B Street; Fourth Avenue and A Street; Fifth Avenue and A Street; Fifth Avenue and B Street; Fifth and Stewart avenues; Stewart and Baltimore avenues; Baltimore Avenue and Newfield Road; Newfield and Magnolia roads; Stewart Avenue and Elizabeth Lane; Elizabeth Lane and Wilson Boulevard; Wilson Boulevard and Theresa Avenue; Wilson and Bertha avenues; Wilson Boulevard and Crain Highway.
7: 15 p.m.: N Street and Third Avenue; M Street and Second Avenue; Second Avenue and Padfield Boulevard; Padfield Boulevard and Third Avenue; Third Avenue and M Street; Padfield Boulevard and N Street; Griffith Lane and Third Avenue (at the ball field); Delmar and Fourth avenues; Fourth Avenue and Padfield Boulevard.
7: 30 p.m.: Fifth and Delmar avenues; Fourth Avenue and N Street; Fifth Avenue and N Street; Delmar and Seventh avenues; Delmar and Ninth avenues; Griffith Lane and Ninth Avenue; Griffith Lane and Seventh Avenue; Griffith Lane and Fifth Avenue; Wimmer Road and Seventh Avenue; Wimmer Road and Eight Avenue; Hamlen Road and Eighth Avenue; Hamlen Road and Seventh Avenue; directly to Monroe Circle, on return stopping at Fifth Avenue; Oakwood Road and Blossom Lane; Blossom Lane and Pine Terrace; Pine Terrace and Oakwood Road; Oakwood and Range roads; Range Road and Greenway.
8 p.m.: Harford Road and Delaware Avenue; Delaware Avenue and Kent Road; Delaware Avenue and Kuethe Road; Delaware Avenue and Garrett Road; Delaware and Dorchester roads; Carroll and Washington avenues; Carroll and Glen roads; New Jersey Avenue and Garrett Road; New Jersey and Kent roads; Kent Road and Georgia Avenue; Georgia and Rogers avenues; Furnace Branch Road and Stewart Lane; Stewart Lane and Andrews Road.
Please note that all times are approximate.
Pub Date: 12/24/97