Christmas auction today

The Beverly Lions Club is holding its 8th Annual Christmas Display and Treats auction this afternoon at 2 p.m. The auction is being held in the former Mindling Building on 220 5th Street in Beverly, next to the Muskingum Valley True Value Hardware Store. The display is open for public browsing from 1-2 p.m.

All profits from the auction will be divided equally between diabetes research and Beverly Lions Community projects.

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The Beverly Public Library is holding Family Night Tuesday, December 10, at 6 p.m. The event is open to all ages for a group craft program. Contact the library at 984-4060 for more information about this free program.

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Thanksgiving is over. The left-over are long gone. Have you found and decorated your Christmas tree or gotten it out of storage for another year? The tradition of decorated Christmas trees, however, did not gain acceptance in England and America very quickly.

According to some articles I’ve read, Germanic people began decorating fir trees with fruit, flowers, and colored bits of cloth in the forest, and then, later, in their homes.

They called it the ‘Christ Tree’.

The first written reference to a Christmas tree with burning candles was in the 1600s in Strasbourg, Germany. It took until the 1800s for the tradition of a decorated tree to be accepted in England, and that was thanks to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who was of German descent, having a print made of them around a decorated tree at Windsor Castle.

About the same time, a German professor at the College of William and Mary in the United States trimmed a small evergreen tree to delight his children. The story was published, which helped spread the tradition, along with the help of other German immigrants.

Enjoy your holiday and the Christmas tree traditions you and your family have created.

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Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.