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By Denise Bly Published:

Thanksgiving seems to have become the lost holiday that falls between Halloween and Christmas. Each year, they rush Christmas and we seem to lose Thanksgiving, making the October-December season a "Hallogivingmas." I prefer to celebrate one holiday at a time, focusing on the origin of the one at hand. Thanksgiving is a time originally set aside to thank God for all He has given us, which I plan to do.

I wonder if others have forgotten the essence of this holiday in all the other holiday hoopla that surrounds it. Have we, as a nation, become so self-centered that we can no longer feel the need to take time to be thankful, or is it because it mentions God and we as a society have tried to remove God from just about everything? Not only have many removed God from many facets of society, now many are removing the "thanks" from the holiday as well. They are dubbing it "Turkey Day." Oh, don't get me wrong, I love the turkey and all the trimmings, but I believe the true essence of the holiday is not about the bird; it is about an attitude of gratitude.

So for me it will be Thanksgiving Day, not Turkey Day, and definitely not Hallogivingmas. I choose to be thankful for the many blessings I have received. So whatever you choose to call it, remember it is a day of thanks and try to be thankful for what we have been given and be a blessing to those who have less.

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The Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard held a successful food drive and bowling fundraiser recently to help keep the shelves of the cupboard supplied. The cupboard is still collecting food items as well as toiletries for those in need. Some of the items needed are toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, laundry soap, dish soap, garbage bags, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, diapers, baby wipes, etc. They especially need taxable items that food stamps do not cover. They also are in need of canned meats like Spam, chicken and tuna.

If one prefers to send money, they also accept that as well. Checks can be mailed to Nelson United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 210, Garrettsville, OH 44231. The Cupboard serves folks who reside in the James A. Garfield District and currently is helping about 130 families in the district.

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The Garrettsville Nelson Seniors group meets at the Nelson Community House every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. until noon. They offer planned activities, refreshments, fellowship and games.

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Start your holiday season off right by shopping local. The Candlelight Winery will host a shopping event in honor of Small Business Saturday, a day set aside to promote shopping local small businesses. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the winery on Center Street. The winery expects to have vendors from Hoola Jewelry, Miche, Dove Chocolates, Premiere Jewelry and more. While shopping the vendors, quench your hunger by visiting the Rolling Pig, the coolest Food Truck around, for lunch.

The winery will once again hold its holiday light show every Friday (6:30 and 8:30 p.m.) and Saturday (6:30 and 9:30 p.m.) beginning today and running until Dec. 22. The winery has more than 50,000 lights synchronized to your favorite holiday music. More information on events at the winery can be found at www.candlelightwinery.com.

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Nelson United Methodist Church is now holding its annual Christmas cookie sale. One can order cookies in one-pound boxes or two-pound boxes. The cookies are $7 a pound and they can be ordered by calling Norma McCullough at 330-527-5442, Pam Montgomery at 330-527-5744, or the church office at 330-527-2268. Cookies will be ready on Dec. 15.

The church will hold its annual Christmas Eve services Dec. 24 at 6 and 10 p.m. at the church.

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Garrettsville Sanctuary of Praise Church of God will hold its Christmas services on Dec. 23, beginning with fellowship from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The morning worship will follow the fellowship, featuring the children singing. The church has children's programs for all ages, and a nursery is provided for Sunday morning worship.

The church will hold its traditional candlelight service also Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. There will not be a nursery provided for the candlelight service.

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Faith Evangelical Free Church will hold its annual Christmas program at 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Get in the true spirit of Christmas as we come together to worship our Savior. They'll be featuring a variety of talent from their congregation as well as hearing testimonies and singing Christmas carols, followed by delicious refreshments in the fellowship hall. This is always a wonderful time of fellowship for the community, friends and family. They are located at 10585 Windham-Parkman Road at Pierce Road. For more information, call the church at 330-527-4068. See you there.

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For Nelson news, contact Denise Bly at 330-958-2280 or dbly993@yahoo.com.

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