Looking back on the perfect holiday season

Neighbors

January 07, 1998|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"IS THAT your Christmas tree in the middle of the street?" my friend asked, pointing to the remnants of a Douglas fir resting on its side, a tuft of angel hair wafting in the breeze.

Perhaps the tree flung into the road was symbolic of a holiday highlighted by:

My sister-in-law's emotional breakdown Christmas Day when her husband failed in his shopping quest to find a copy of the video "My Best Friend's Wedding" and foolishly thought he could substitute "It's a Wonderful Life" even though the Julia Roberts tape was the only thing she had asked for and he still couldn't get it right and he knew that she could watch Jimmy Stewart on TBS anytime she wanted and the tape IS NOT THE POINT ANYHOW!

Poor menu planning that resulted in an attempt to pass off a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats as dessert for Christmas dinner.

The realization that we had gift-wrapped the television remote and gave it to my father. "I wondered why the sofa was 18 inches from the television," my friend murmured.

"Look, maybe you should consider not making such a big deal every year. Go out for dinner. Limit your gift buying. Use gift bags," she suggested as I led her to the door.

Closing the door behind her I sighed. Some people just don't understand the true meaning of the holidays.

It's a wonderful life, Glen Burnie.

Habitat for Humanity

Armed with hammers, drills and a commitment to the belief that everyone deserves a home, volunteers from four area churches will gather at a vacant lot on Beverly Road in Severn on Saturday to start construction on the 28th home built through Arundel Habitat for Humanity.

Prospective homeowners are required to provide a certain amount of "sweat equity" -- physical labor working on their home and homes for others in the program.

The congregations of Harundale Presbyterian, St. Alban's Episcopal, St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic and Linthicum United Methodist churches, as well as corporate sponsor Westinghouse, make up the North County Partnership. The coalition will provide the hundreds of volunteers needed to complete a five-bedroom house that will be home to Larry and Sharon Taylor and their eight children.

Organizing the volunteers falls to the individual churches, noted Beverly Bigley, volunteer coordinator for Harundale Presbyterian. While many of the volunteers are skilled in home construction, just as many could best be described as "unskilled but willing."

"We have several carpenters, painters and landscapers. But we also have many volunteers who don't have skills but are willing to come out and help however they can," said Bigley.

Other volunteers will provide lunches for the workers. Each church also is responsible for donating $6,000 toward the cost of the project. Westinghouse donated $12,000.

The Beverly Road project is scheduled to take 14 to 16 weekends to complete. Volunteers interested in helping can call Habitat for Humanity, 410-384-9212.

Winter Wonderland

Santa came early to Arys Huizinga of Glen Burnie when he won the Winter Wonderland train garden raffled by Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Dec. 23 at Glen Burnie Mall. Proceeds benefited the North County Emergency Outreach Network.

Other winners were Mark Harding of Owings Mills, who won the second-place prize, a Lionel/Crayola train. Five-year-old Christopher Madden of Brooklyn, Sharon Sturgeon of Glen Burnie and 6-year-old Joe Delowder, also from Glen Burnie, took home train sets.

Andrew Peifer, a 7-year-old student at Elvaton Christian Academy, won a $30 gift certificate from Toys R Us, and a $20 gift certificate from Dad & Sons was won by Adrienne Beatty of Glen Burnie.

Five $10 gift certificates to Sweet Thoughts Candy were awarded to Tiffany Lynch of Baltimore, Sheryl Matthews of Severn, C.T. Mooney of Bowie, Kerry Dobry of Pasadena and Barbara Kayser of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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