We enjoy bringing readers light, airy, and sweet
little pieces that are intended to brighten the holiday season and
fill the gap between the holiday feast and the late afternoon
dessert and nap.
This year, we chose a “sweet” theme after learning that the annual
Christmas Parade in Lincoln would have a theme of “Christmas in
Candyland.” Just the words brought to mind our favorite sweets to
eat during the holiday season. Some of those are treats we have only
during the holidays like fudge, decorated sugar cookies, gingerbread
men, divinity, and all those other gooey rich things that put adults
in a sugar coma and send kids climbing the walls.
We know that there is more to the holidays than food, although some
might beg to differ on that one. The holidays are about coming
together, enjoying time with friends and family, being generous with
our gift giving, and stressing over the schedules we try to keep.
The stringers got into the spirit of the theme, right down to our
Christmas Curmudgeon who pointed out that it was unreasonable to
spend a month feeding kids sugar and at the same time expect them to
be stoic little well-behaved creatures.
But Angela Reiners offered some options that will help keep those
kids calm and less stressed, which in turn makes for a sweeter
season for parents.
Angela also put together some very interesting and fun trivia for
you to enjoy. Her article covers Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the
New Year celebrations. She uncovered some interesting tidbits that
some of us had not heard before. This would be a great way to bring
family fun to that after dinner lull on Thanksgiving Day and we hope
you and yours will take advantage of that.
There are also sweet traditions that we observe during the holidays
that may or may not be connected to food. Teena Lowery brought us
the story of a Mount Pulaski Family that has been carrying on a
family tradition since 1959. The tradition involves of all things, a
tablecloth. Be sure to give it a read and find out what other
tradition the “other side” of this family observes.
We got the community involved by asking a handful of people which
they preferred Christmas Candy or Christmas Cookies and why. The
question yielded some sweet results, and hands down, most of them
Staff and stringers got involved again, when they were asked to talk
about their favorite holiday sweet treat and provide a recipe. That
is a collection of treats that we hope some of you will want to try
out for yourselves this season.
Shopping local is so very important to our community. You can
sweeten the season for local businesses by doing your shopping in
the county. The owners will thank you for making their holiday
season brighter. Karen Hargis put together some suggestions focusing
on local businesses that you might not think about when doing that
holiday shopping, but those businesses have a lot to offer, and we
encourage you to visit them.
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And finally, we turned to our local leaders, asking
them to once again this year send a holiday greeting to readers via
the Home for the Holidays Magazine. That request yielded some sweet
results, and we hope you will all enjoy hearing from them.
Putting this magazine together each year is a sweet treat for us as
well. We love the responses we get when we ask questions that are
not hard core or political. Those answers show us the heart of the
people we see every day, and reenforces the idea that our community
is made up of kind, loving, caring people who understand what is
important in life, especially during the holidays.
All totaled, Lincoln Daily News has served this community 22 years.
We have seen you through the good times and the bad. We have
marveled at the heart we see in the people of Logan County. From
supporting those who are hurting to coming up with new and exciting
ways to promote who we are and what we have to offer, to shining a
light on each other when we accomplish good things in life, the
community makes us proud each day and it motivates us to be better
In that spirit, we at LDN wish you the sweetest of Holiday Season’s
and our prayer for the new year is a calendar filled with good
things for very good people.
From all of us to all of you,
Have Yourself a Merry (and Sweet) Little Holiday Season.