Christmas Past

Even though this writer recognizes that not everyone is a believer in the One whose birth we celebrate this month he will never apologize for saying, “Merry Christmas.” Even a non-believer can enjoy the colored lights that brighten the darkest month of the year. The decorations are pretty and people are smiling despite their frantic shopping forays. The practice of giving and sharing love for our neighbors can be enjoyed by all—and well should be. He and the girl who became his bride 65 years ago have for many seasons celebrated the holiday by driving around to look at the decorated homes. We have noted the continuous growth of subdivisions and appreciate those who go all out to make their homes and yards festive. It’s not easy to forget the early years when the population was much smaller compared to today’s numbers. Even though smaller, the holiday spirit was evident throughout.

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Good People Doing Great Things

Alaska Massage Clinic and the ECHO News are teaming up during the months of December, January, and February to give back to some good people doing great things. We need your help, dear readers, to help us find people that could use a little recognition and a little extra thanks for all they do. Our December winner is Traci Glidden. Traci Glidden is a good person who does great things. When I met her, she had just received a check for $500.00, and while she wasn’t sure what she had done to deserve it, I’m pretty sure she was already thinking about how to spend it.

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2017 Solstice Tree Tour now a family and community tradition

NSAA’s second annual family friendly community celebration of snow, Winter Solstice and holiday trees arrives Sunday, December 17. The community and media are invited to the second annual Solstice Tree Tour, hosted by the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, at Kincaid Park.

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Nativity celebrated here over 117 years

While Chugiak-Eagle River’s population is far more diverse today than a century ago, in the beginning only the Russian Orthodox faith was represented. Priests at St. Nicholas Church served the Native village, teaching of the birth of Jesus Christ. While most of us observe December 25 as the birthday of Jesus, Christmas for the Orthodox is celebrated each year on January 7. When Chugiak was founded in 1947 by a group of homesteaders who proved up on small tracts as well as larger parcels, those settlers primarily were Christian Protestants. Three houses of worship existing in 1953 were Chugiak Chapel, Chugiak Methodist Church and Immanuel Gospel Church. They soon were followed by others affiliated with various denominations, most faiths currently represented.

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