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[- Page 4 Hells Canyon Journal December 13, 2017 Christmas Traditions and A Littl More... by Sherrie Kvamme of solidarity within fami- track Santa's Christmas Eve count. They include bedtime lies that are instilled for a trip around the world. Start- routines, family meal time, of the Hells Canyon Journal lifetime. Ask children what ing at 12:01 a.m. Mountain pizza night, cleaning the ga- Tradition: The handing their favorite family tradi- Standard Time on Decem- rage together on Saturdays, down of statements, beliefs, tionis, andit won't be a trip ber 24, you can access the Sunday morning brunches, legends, customs, activities to Disneyland. Their first website Santa Cams www. board games or movie night. and information of a long- responses will typically be You are only limited by your established or inherited way simple like bedtime stories, webcam.asp. There are lots of imagination and desire to of thinkingoractingby word Sunday morning breakfast,things for kids to do at this make these events happen. of mouth or by practice, playing ballin the backyard website, starting today and What it requires is deter- or camping, who know! You might find mined intentionality and Traditions are powerful What's the most popular some new family traditiona dash of creativity. Make and meaningful. They strong- tradition at Christmas in the ideas to try out. it happen. Celebrate those ly contribute to a person's United States? Hands downit The deeply valued impor- milestones; all of them. sense of security, stability is the gathering offamily and tance of traditional expres- Create events together and belonging. Think of the friends. In fact, it's the tra- sions of Christian faith are that you engage in repeatedly strong emotion evoked when dition of choice, worldwide, not lost, andwhile oftentimes that are big deals or small a long-held family tradition Over two billion people in overshadowed by the lights, moments thatyouintention- is altered, changed or not over l60 countries have rated glitter and noise of holiday ally repeat for the purpose of honored. That act has the Christmas number one in im- trappings, the underlyingspending time together as a potential to divide a family portanceofallholidays. Nine reason f or the season is there, family or with friends. You or shake a nation. (Call off out often people in the United Itremainsavitallyimportant will find that these actions the Fourth of July!) States celebrate Christmas, part of people's lives and is when done with positive Traditions provide an including those who are not shared with friends, families attitudes quickly become invaluable sense of identity. Christian. Almost everyone is and generations to come. something that you don't They provide children and included. Isn't that a lovely The value of traditions has want to miss, that you will adults with a story about thought! been proven over and overplan your schedule around their family and where they Traditions are great re- again in research and docu- and make a priority. It will came from that can include minders for us to pause and mented in reams of reports, raise your sense of security, everything from their fam- focus, even for a little while, but an important thing toemotional strength, belong- ily heritage, their history of on reconnecting with fam-remember is that traditions ing, self-confidence and your faith, specialfoodstheyeaton ily and friends. In a recent donothavetoberepeatedex- self-esteem. specialdays and repetition of survey, almost 90 percent of actly without some changes, The takeaway: Traditions experiences and places they people who were polled said to retain their value. It is in can be anything positive that celebrate every year. they would be with familythe practicing and keeping youandyourfamilyorfriends Traditions are invaluable and friends this year, and that makes a traditionimpor- already enjoy doing together in helping to shape a child's that they will participate in tant; not in the perfection of or something new that you identity. Studies recognize gift exchanges, they willhelp the repetition. For example, create. With repetition, you that children who have to decorate a Christmas tree iffamily members can't come will feel your own spirits grown up with traditions and they will include addi- on Christmas Day one yearlifted and your family con- are often more well-adjusted tional childhood traditions in that does not mean it's not to nections strengthened, and and self-confident as adults, their family gathering, be celebrated the next day or in some cases, healing will Traditions instill a sense of A Christmastraditionthat next week. If the Christmas happen. belonging and strengthen has lost popularity is in the puZzle is not finished or the Don't shroud the event family relationships, trust exchanging of Christmas cookies arechocolateinstead with high expectations and and a joy in feeling part of cards, which is largely due to of strawberry, there is still most certainly not with per- something special, the risingcost of postage and much value. It is in the be- fection. It's not about being Interestingly, traditions, the convenience of sending ing together and sharing perfect, it's about sharing including those practiced electronic greetings. Hand in a special time together, an experience with your year around, teach values writing a Christmas greeting that creates the tremendous family or friends. In fact, whethertheyaredailyfamily instills a deeper emotional value, you can hope for a little prayers, eating at least one connection and writing those Traditions should be en- or big blunder, as it might meal each day together as personal messages and let- couraged throughout the be something you find will a family, reading together, ters helps to keep family and year and not only on holi- enhance the time spent and, of course, the weekly friend relationships alike, days. The small things together and be something pizza night can't be denied! intact, you do weekly to enhance that turns into anewfamily These kinds of activities Children love to wait for family identity and valuetradition! that are all too often taken Santa, and a fun Christmas for granted, bring a sense tradition for families is to Notice of PositionQpening ...... , .... Date Issued - December 12, 2017 Closing Date - When filled ........... AGENCY: Pine Eagle School District No. 61, Halfway, Oregon 97834 POSITION: Junior High Track Coach POSITION OPENING: Pine Eagle School District No. 61 has position openings for J unior High Track Coach. This opening is for the 2017-18 school year. For a job description and application visit www.pineea- You may also contact the District Office at 541-742-2550. 155 West Bell Street . 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Notice of Application Acceptance Date Issued - November 27, 2017 AGENCY: Pine Eagle School District No. 61, Halfway, Oregon 97834 POSITION: Paraprofessional POSITION OPENING: Pine Eagle School District No. 61 is currently accepting applications from interested persons for the purpose of build- ing a pool of qualified candidates for the position of Paraprofessional. Qualified candidates must show proof of sufficient college credits or successful completion of the Keys test. This position will only be filled if needed. Applications can be accessed at orat the District Office located at the Primary Building at 150 W. Bell Street. Address application material to: Pine Eagle School District #61 375 North Main Street Halfway, Oregon 97834 (541)742-2550 (541)742-2815 FAX Pine Eagle School District does not discriminate on the basis of dis- ability, race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, or national origin, in admission to, access to is programs, services, activities, or its hiring or employment practices. Hells Canyon Journal 145 North Main St. P.O. Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834 Phone: 541-742-7900 Fax: 541-742-7933 email: Editor and Publisher - Steve Baekstrom Staff: Julie Bishop, Linda Collier, Cindy Thayer, Anna Richardson, Hayley Sanders Correspondents: Linda Bergeron, John Garrigus, Sherrie Kvamme, Karen Kain and Sybyl Smith Hells Canyon Journal (USPS 002-953) is published weekly by Hells Canyon Publishing, Inc. 145 North Main Street Halfway, Oregon. Annual subscriptions are $30.00 (Baker County) or $40.00 (other areas). Periodicals postage paid at Halfway, Oregon. Postmaster: Send address changes to Hells Canyon Journal, PC Box 646 Halfway, OR 97834-0646. Member of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Access to Your Elected Officials State Representative Cliff Bentz (R) District 60 900 Court Street NE Suite H-475, Salem, OR 97301 Phone: 503-986-1460 District Office: P.O. Box 1027, Ontario, OR 97914 Phone: 541-889-8866 Website: E-mail: State Senator Ted Ferrioli (R) District 28 900 Court Street NE Suite S-323, Salem, OR 97301 Phone: 503-986-1950 District Office: 111 Skyline Dr., John Day, OR 97845 Phone: 541-490-6528 Website: E-mail: U.S. Representative GregWalden (R) District 2 2185 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-6730 Fax: 202-225-5774 Website: E-mail: available from website District Office: 1211 Washington Ave., La Grande, OR 97850 Phone: 541-624-2400 U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D) 221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. 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