By Martha Williams

I still can’t believe Christmas is almost here. I suppose it’s just a matter of aging but this whole year has simply disappeared unbelievably fast.

When we were kids, we couldn’t wait to be 18 and, of course, that magical 21 when we would be our own bosses. But then, whoops. Every year seems to fly by exponentially faster. I guess it will seem like next Christmas is the day after tomorrow.

With such a short time left until Christmas, and lots still to do, it was easier and faster just to bring down that adorable little Charlie Brown Christmas tree and set it on the piano. And with grandkids too far away to visit, a big display just doesn’t seem so important. But maybe next year.

Originally purchased as a joke, I have used it a time or two before as my Christmas tree. I’ve added a couple more decorations, two handmade ones that were gifts, and a small silver ball, and a miniature teddy bear sitting at the base. It really is quite cute. And it does announce the season without detracting from the real reason.

This is the one time each year that I actually miss the snow. I remember, as a teenager, walking home from the youth group at church, the moon and other lights making it sparkle, even better if it was still falling. I have often said, “If we could just have a couple inches Christmas morning that was gone by the next day, I’d love it”. I think I remember the ground lightly covered with snow here just once, back when we were here the first time, about 40 years ago.

Here are your choices if you are looking for special services/activities for Christmas:

Grace Lutheran: Christmas Eve Candlelight service 7 p.m., Christmas Day service

Crescent City Church of the Nazarene: Christmas Eve – Candlelight service 6 p.m.

Crescent City Church of the Nazarene: Christmas Eve Candlelight service 6 p.m.

New Life Community Church: Christmas will be celebrated Dec. 23, children will sing at 10:30 a.m. Service will be followed with a potluck.

Fort Dick Bible Church: Christmas Eve service 6:30 p.m.

Pelican Bay Evangelical Free: The ongoing program “The Christmas Dilemma” Sunday at 10:30 a.m. will conclude with a final program Christmas Eve at 6 p.m.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: Christmas Eve service 7 p.m. with carols and communion, community invited.

Seventh-Day Adventist Church: Dec. 22, program of Christmas music at 11 a.m. service, potluck to follow. All welcome.

Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas. If you aren’t in the habit of church, why not give it a try? You have lots of choices here. Many different denominations all filled with great people. You don’t know until you try.

To contact Martha Williams, call or text 707-460-3000, or email