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Happy birthday, St. Nick

December 06, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Today is the feast of St. Nicholas — aka Santa Claus. In some countries, St. Nicholas’ Day is the time for gift giving and remembering this 6th century Bishop of Myra (modern day western Turkey), who was known for his generosity and love for children, making him the patron saint of children around the world.

St. Nicholas is also the patron saint of seafarers, and those who sail on the large ocean-going cargo vessels often wear a likeness of this kind saint on a medal around their necks.

In Hancock, St. Nicholas appears at many events this time of year and reminds local citizens to dig deep in their pantries and closets for food, toys and coats for Christmas for Others.

Lists of children in need have been distributed to each church, and church members are busy looking for toys, books and other gifts to give to a local child. 

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I have it on good authority that Nancy and Steve Douglas have a special friendship with St. Nicholas and will collect toys, food and coats at their dealership, Douglas Motors, until Dec. 17. 

This will be a great boost to Christmas for Others. 

The children’s party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Hancock United Methodist Church.

Luminarias display

St. Nicholas also enjoys the annual luminarias display held each year in the three historic churchyards on High Street. 

On Saturday, more than 2,500 luminarias will be placed on graves throughout the cemeteries behind St. Thomas’ Episcopal and St. Peter’s Catholic churches. 

Volunteers are sought to help to assemble, place and light the luminarias beginning at 10 a.m. in the upper part of the parking lot behind St. Peter’s. 

Residents can drive through Cemetery Lane beginning at sundown. If it rains, the display will be postponed one week to Dec. 15.

Sandwich sale

How does St. Nicholas keep his figure? He must snack on sandwiches from the Hancock High School Panthers Band.  Band members offer ham, turkey and roast beef sandwiches for $3 each. Orders are being taken now until Dec. 13 and the sandwiches will be delivered Dec. 18. 

For an additional $2, customers can get a whole lunch, including drink and chips. 

For more information, contact any member of the band, or send an email to pantherbandboosters
@hotmail.com.

Holiday performances

With a ho, ho, ho, Santa loves music this time of year and reminds us that there are plenty of student concerts to attend at our local schools. 

The Hancock Elementary School third-grade program will be Monday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the school. 

The Hancock Middle-Senior High School chorus concert is Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium. 

The Middle-Senior High School winter band concert will be Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., also at the high school auditorium.  Santa knows that singing and hearing Christmas carols puts everyone in a better mood.

Pennies for Patients

Santa is also checking his pockets for loose change, especially pennies to help the 2012 Pennies for Patients fundraiser for leukemia-lymphoma-cancer research at the school.  The deadline is Friday, Dec. 14, and a $2,000 total would put the six-year giving over $11,500.  Santa has it on good authority that if the $2,000 goal is met or exceeded, school counselor Doc Holliday (Santa loves that name) is working to get “Batman” (Maryland’s Lenny Robinson) to visit Hancock in his Dark Knight costume and Batmobile.   

Share your news

Finally, St. Nicholas reminds readers to share all the good news of Hancock with friends in Washington County by calling Anne Weatherholt at 301-678-6888 or sending an email to AnneWeath@aol.com. 

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