Free Press / Donna Wassmuth
Harley Arnzen talking to Santa at Greencreek on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Cottonwood Christmas program.
As of Tuesday, December 20, 2016
COTTONWOOD Let it snow! It has been a long time since we have seen this much snow on the prairie. At least we will probably have a white Christmas. That is sure to make the sledders and skiers happy.
Cottonwood Butte Ski Area is set to open the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, with 19 inches of snow. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all that week. Check their website for the most up-to-date information.
Emmanuel Baptist Church, Cottonwood will be having a Christmas Eve candlelight service Dec. 24 (Saturday) at 6 p.m., featuring a Christmas cantata performed by the Whispering Pines Choir. Light refreshments to follow and all are welcome.
The Christmas play at Summit Academy was very different this year. The program included student presentations about Christmas in eight countries. The costumes were beautiful! A booth for each country demonstrated traditional decorations and offered treats from that country. It was very interesting to learn which country some of our Christmas customs come from. It ended with Gabriel Spencer, son of David and Danielle Spencer, playing the part of baby Jesus with the entire student body on the stage.
Santa came to Greencreek Sunday morning after Mass (see photo of Harley, daughter of Conrad and Jenifer Arnzen, on Santa’s lap).
Due to an error on my part, I failed to list the Mass in Cottonwood is 10 a.m. Christmas morning. All other masses are on Christmas Eve: St. Mary’s at 5 p.m.; Assumption and St. Anthony’s at 7 p.m.; and St. Mary’s at midnight.
Also, make a note that the Sunday Mass times will switch for Cottonwood and Greencreek. Starting Jan. 1, Mass in Greencreek will be at 8 a.m., and St. Mary’s will have the 10 a.m., Mass for all of 2017.
Dec. 29 is the date for alumni from Prairie and Summit to play in the alumni games at 6 p.m., at the elementary gym.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. May the Christ child bless you in ways that you can’t imagine. Jesus is the reason for the season.