Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Nativity scene, Plymouth, Michigan

How do you feel about a nativity scene being displayed at Kellogg Park, which is city property?  I’m looking for respectful dialog on this issue, not personal attacks, attacks against people of faith or people without faith, etc.  If you like the nativity scene and think it’s appropriate, say why.  If not, and you care to discuss it, share your reasons.

I’ll go on record as saying I’m for it.  I think this is still primarily a Christian country and Christians (observant and otherwise) pump billions and billions of dollars into the economy around the Christmas season.  We should able to be open and honest about the religious implications of the season.  I don’t think other religious displays should have to be placed in the park to balance things out, so to speak.  I am a lawyer and I understand the Supreme Court has said religious displays can be part of a larger, non-sectarian celebration.  I just happen not to care what the Supreme Court thinks on the subject.

On the other hand, I could live with all holiday displays being pulled out of the park entirely.  Why?  If society wants separation of church and state — a concept not found in the Constitution — it’s only fair to pull out everything.  I don’t think the government should honor or recognize purely secular things, especially stuff like Santa Claus and elfs and snowmen.

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Not that I’ve counted or anything, but it seems like there are more lights downtown this year than in years past.  Most years I pay little attention to holiday lights, either in the city or in peoples’ yards.  But since they put up the holiday lights this year, a week or so ago, I’m almost mesmerized when I drive or walk through downtown at night.  Today’s steady rain has coated the pavement, making a mirror-like reflective surface for all the bulbs, traffic lights and neon signs.  I couldn’t resist trying out the night landscape settings on my wife’s new camera.

Main Street, Plymouth, Michigan

The Penn

The Box

Kellogg Park

The Creche

Lights, raindrops


The tree

It's A Wonderful Life

Penniman Avenue

Free Smells

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I’m not much for holiday decorations.  I’m a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas.  But I like seeing the The Three Wisemen aka the Magi making their way from east to west through Kellogg Park.  They have, quite fittingly, started their journey before the leaves are all off the trees.  It’s a long way from Persia to Bethlehem, after all.

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Anyone familiar with Plymouth history probably knows that our town is known for b-b gun manufacturing.  The Red Ryder gun of A Christmas Story (maybe the best Christmas comedy ever) fame was made here in Plymouth.  The Plymouth Historical Museum will be honoring that history, tying it into other themes from the movie, in an exhibit that opens next week.

When the Plymouth Historical Museum reopens Nov. 18, officials will showcase their newest exhibit, “A Red Ryder Christmas Story.”The exhibit draws its inspiration from the popular 1983 movie, A Christmas Story, in which the main character, Ralphie, longs for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Throughout the museum’s Main Street there will be vignettes of scenes from the movie and from the original story upon which the movie is based.


The museum’s exhibit seeks to recapture that nostalgic spirit by displaying period toys, clothing and other artifacts.

Read the full Plymouth Observer article here.


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Easter is a special day for many of us.  Regardless of how (or why) you celebrate the holiday, I sincerely hope it is wonderful.

My favorite hymn is “Amazing Grace” and my favorite way it is played is on the bagpipes.  I get a lump in my throat everytime.  Enjoy.

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I’ve been itching to write, but I haven’t seen anything going on in town the last few days of any particular interest. I noticed, though, that the Penn Theater is showing The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley.

Seeing the movie poster reminded me that I don’t think I have ever seen Ms. Knightley in anything other than some sort of period dress. I can’t think of a movie she’s been in that wasn’t set at least 80 years ago or more. It would be absolutely weird to see her in a film in jeans and a t-shirt. She’s the queen of period pieces. If Hollywood doesn’t work out for her, she could always get a gig doing movies for the BBC or with PBS doing Masterpiece Theater.

What does that have to do with Plymouth? Well, aside from my passing reference to the Penn Theater, frankly, nothing. You might say it’s a slow news day.

Perhaps what this is really about is that things seem pretty quiet in the city the last few days. Maybe we’re collectively winding down from the holidays and, aside from shoveling and blowing snow, we’re settling into our winter quasi-hibernation.

My wife likes to point out the rare but universally fat — gargantuan — squirrels seen this time of year. If you see a squirrel now, he’s bloated and fat from all the nuts and seeds he ate in the fall and can hardly walk. I feel like I’m that squirrel, fat and tired from last year’s excesses.

If you hear of anything exciting going on in town, please let me know. I think I need to get out of the house.

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I may or may not be posting before the New Year. If not, have a wonderful, safe and fun New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Here’s Auld Lang Syne for your (or mine, anyway) listening pleasure.

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I’m not the world’s biggest Christmas fan, at least not how it is outwardly expressed and celebrated. I think it’s great that people decorate their homes and that cities like ours make their downtowns festive and bright. The lights, the creches, the snowflakes are enjoyable, nice to look it, but they don’t make the holiday extra special for me. I’m more interested in the personal side of Christmas, and the decorations don’t mean a tremendous amount to me from that point of view.

However, I really like the tradition downtown of the three wise men moving — must be magic! — from the east toward the nativity scene on the west end of Kellogg Park. That’s a nice touch. Whenever our family drives through downtown this time of year, we always look to see if the magi have moved closer to the nativity scene. “Oh, they didn’t move since yesterday,” or, “Hey, look! They’ve gotten closer!”

That tradition gives the downtown holiday decorations a bit of life. It kind of re-tells the Christmas story in an almost interactive (but slow motion) way.

I’m curious how long this has been a tradition downtown. Regardless, I like it and I hope it’s a tradition that stays as long as downtown gets decorated for the holidays.

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