Our Community Christmas dinner tradition continues

Many years ago in Ponoka a Dec. 25 Christmas Day dinner was hosted by the Leland Hotel on Chipman Avenue for those who were on their own

Many years ago in Ponoka a Dec. 25 Christmas Day dinner was hosted by the Leland Hotel on Chipman Avenue for those who were on their own, or had made no plans or needed a place to enjoy this glorious festive occasion. The jolly tradition of sharing a magnificent Christmas dinner in keen camaraderie with family and new-found friends, as well as enjoying special entertainment and treats has carried on here in Ponoka, and grown each year, thanks to the kindness, generosity, and support of our always caring community.

Sherry Mitchell is a congenial lady who continued to promote this event for many years, receiving ongoing assistance from the Ponoka Rising Sun Club House, and an always willing group of volunteers from town and surrounding districts. Businesses, organizations and individuals have also whole-heartedly responded to this annual festive celebration with countless donations of food, gifts, and treats for the occasion, while entertainers and special guests have popped in to bring joy and greetings to the warm and friendly gathering at the Kinsmen Community Centre.

Bob Hepp and family have graciously come forth to organize the Tuesday, Dec. 25 Ponoka Community Christmas dinner. This year’s event will feature coffee and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by a scrumptious turkey buffet dinner with all the trimmings from noon until 1 p.m. Donations are always appreciated, and can be made by calling Bob Hepp at 403-783-6165 or dropping them off at the Ponoka Rising Sun Club House or the Servus Credit Union Branch in Ponoka.

Volunteers will also be needed for two-hour shifts for set-up, coffee, buffet, cleaning and take down, and those interested are urged to get in touch with jolly old Mr. Hepp. Those wishing to attend this joyful Christmas Day event are urged to bring a friend, with everyone welcome!

Now let’s have just a little holiday fun!

Electrical gifts that may result in spousal spats!

It all began around their happy little household when their son celebrated his 17th birthday and they got him an iPhone, which he absolutely loved, and who wouldn’t? When dad celebrated his birthday in July his wife made him happy when she bought him an iPad, which really moved him into the older neighbourhood in crowd.

In keeping it all in the family, when their daughter’s birthday rolled around in August they presented her with a fancy IPod Touch, and then when his wife celebrated her birthday in September he ran out and got her an iRon! It was around that time that a wee bit of a squabble started around their house. Apparently what she failed to recognize was the fact that her new iRon could be integrated into the home network with the iWash, iCook, and iClean. Unfortunately this inevitably activated the iNag reminder service, and to get back in her good books hubby is now going to have to rush out and purchase an iHoney, which will whisk her and him off on a romantic two-week vacation to the hot paradise of her choice. Hopefully she will forgive him, and all your iBrownie points will be back in place.

Most of us are always a softie for a good old romantic love story, but this one has a real old fashioned twist, and likely something yours truly would pull off!.

A middle aged couple was out shopping on Christmas Eve and everywhere they went was packed. As the wife walked through the shopping centre she was surprised to find her husband was nowhere to be seen. She was quite upset, because they had a lot to do, and eventually fed up with looking for him, she called him on her mobile phone to find out where he was.

In a calm voice, the husband said, “Honey, do you remember the jewelry store that we went into five years ago where you fell in love with that diamond necklace that we could not afford, and I told you that I would get it for you one day?”

Completely overwhelmed the wife choked up and started to tear up and said, “Yes dear, I remember that beautiful necklace and the promise you made to me in that same jewelry store!”

Rather embarrassed her husband replied, “Well, I’m in the pub right next to your favourite jewelry store!”

Brings tears to your eyes, doesn’t it?

Don’t forget to get on board the Canadian Pacific Railway’s glitzy holiday train when it when it pulls into the Ponoka siding on Monday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. Please bring along an item for the Ponoka Food Bank, dress up warm, and have a great week, all of you!

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