Hurrah for Morgan Mill!

Bring out your stadium cushions; it is time to watch Morgan Mill play basketball. Monday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. is the first home game for the boys and girls. The wall pads are not installed yet, but they have been promised for the January tournament.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. will be the Morgan Mill School Christmas program. Nancy Lingle and her kindergarten through fourth graders will sing first. During intermission, the UIL ribbons and medals will be passed out to award winners. Our two bands, under the direction of David Venable, will perform their traditional Christmas music afterwards. As always, the special visitor who comes every year is scheduled to arrive before the end of the evening.

If you are going to be busy on Saturday, Dec. 19, you may want to catch the Live Nativity Pageant dress rehearsal on Friday. If you want to sing Christmas carols in the Community Choir, you will need to attend dress rehearsal. If your child wants to be an angel in the performance, he/she will need to attend the dress rehearsal for a fitting in the angel costumes. Dress rehearsal should begin around 5:30 and last about an hour.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, the Morgan Mill School Choir will begin the Live Nativity program at 5:30 with a sample of their performance from Tuesday night. Morgan Mill always enjoys hearing the kids especially since some residents will miss the school program. Afterwards, Alecia Grant and her family will perform several Christmas special songs. The pageant should begin around six. Bring your blankets; it might be cold. After the performance, there will be hot chocolate, cookies, hot soups, and sandwiches in the Community Center. Everyone is invited.

Looking back, Bernice Larner will remember several nativities being staged at the Tabernacle in past years. On Dec. 17, 2004, was the beginning of this Community-wide Nativity Pageant at the Tabernacle. That year the “Milling Around” newspaper article recounted, “Hot chocolate brewing, sound system playing, the manger lit and the lights go out.” That year, I remember as being extremely cold and the electricity had to be shared in order to stay on. Next year, with more electricity and comforts of a new Community Center, the pageant was moved to its present location on the porch. Sandy Sandstrom sewed new costumes and we were beginning to make a Morgan Mill tradition that has become well-known throughout the county.

Sunday, Dec. 20, the Morgan Mill Baptist Church will present “2,000 Decembers Ago” at 7 p.m. Roger Behymer and the many talented singers at the church always put on a first class production. The Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m. The Morgan Mill Methodist will have their Christmas Eve service at 5:30. Looking ahead to New Years celebration; several years ago a tradition was started at the Community Center. All ages are invited; bring your favorite snack food, and your favorite board game, cards and dominos. Come at 7 p.m. and hopefully we will be awake to watch the coming of the New Year. James Gilliss hopes to have a satellite connection up so that we can watch football and the Times Square celebration as well.