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Tour of Lights

There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! So pack up the kids, go for a ride, and enjoy the decorations your friends and neighbors have put up this year. We’re sure you’ll find a few other treasures along the way!

1. The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street (enter off First Street)

2. 88 N. Grant Street (Corner of Maple and Grant) Rosenberger home

3. Park and Oak Street

4. Elm Street east of Park St.

5. 19 N. Second Street – the Colborn family home between Cherry and Elm.

6. 65 E. Muskegon, corner of First and Muskegon Streets. The home of Larry and Audrey Young is a classic home decorated with style.

7. Downtown Cedar Springs is aglow with lights and decorations on the lampposts and the town Christmas tree is at the corner of Main and Ash.

8. 427 Northland Drive, near the corner of South Street and Northland. See the 90-foot evergreen Christmas tree at the Reep family home.

9. Dio Drive (off Northland, just south of town)

10. Northland south of 16 Mile.

11. Indian Lakes west of Northland Drive.

12. The Fieldstone Meadows subdivision, first cul de sac, just off 18 Mile. Head north on Main Street in Cedar Springs, turn east on 18 Mile. Go around curve, past mobile home park, and then east into Fieldstone.

13. Subdivision off Pine Street (behind Wesco)

14. 6th Street (south at dead end)

15. Vista View Estates on Algoma Ave., between 17 Mile and Indian Lakes.

16. Nolan Patin’s lights synced to music! Located at 2207 15 Mile Rd NE, Sparta 49345.

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Celebrate the joy of Christmas at one of the churches in our community:

 

Dec. 16: Rockford prepares for first Live Nativity. Area residents and guests are invited to join in celebrating our Savior’s birth at the first “Live Nativity and Christmas Caroling Celebration” to be held in downtown Rockford. The event takes place on Friday, December 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Speed Merchants Bicycle Shop. Those wishing to be a part of the caroling event are asked to meet at North Rockford Middle School or Rockford Baptist Church at 6:45 p.m. to walk down E. Bridge Street to the nativity. Please bring a battery operated candle, flashlight, or your cell phone to carry as you walk. A petting zoo for the children and refreshments will be available for all at Rockford United Methodist Church. Additional information can be found at www.rpmoll.com/Christmas.

December 18, 24, 25: The Springs Church invites you to each Sunday at 10:30 am throughout December for our message series A Child Is Born as we unpack some of the most significant birth stories in the Bible to discover how we can be born again. The Springs church is also excited to invite you to our outdoor musical light show in our parking lot!  The Christmas Light Show will run nightly from sundown to 8:30 pm, December 2-23. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Saturday, December 24 at 7 pm. This special family service will help you connect and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Kids are welcome to wear their pajamas and will get their own glow sticks! On Christmas morning at 10:30 a.m. we are offering a shortened family service with Scripture readings and Christmas carols. Kids can come in their pajamas!

Please join us!  We are located at 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs (Corner of Oak & Grant).  For more info on any of the events happening at The Springs Church this month visit our website www.thespringschurch.info.

Dec. 18: Hillcrest Community Church will hold an all church Christmas Program entitled “Worth the Price,” on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 10:45 a.m. It is a special program for all ages filled with the joy of the season. Music and singing and laughter, a true celebration! On Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. we will hold our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. Come and worship the new born King! The true Christmas story with your favorite carols. Great night for the whole family! Then on Sunday, December 25 at 10:45 a.m., Christmas morning worship! He’s finally here! Come and adore Him! We are located at 5994 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, MI. For questions please call 616-696-9333.

December 24: Calvary Assembly of God invites you to our annual Candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. Join us for Christmas carols, a special story for kids, and an inspiring look at the meaning of Christmas. We meet in Red Hawk Elementary school on the Cedar Springs Public School campus (204 E. Muskegon)—just follow the arrows. For more info, check out our Facebook page or cscalvary.org.

Dec. 24: Crossfire Church, 4780 Cornfield Drive, Cedar Springs, will hold their Christmas Eve Candlelight service on December 24, at 7 p.m. Special guest artist Kenny Hass will perform. No service December 25.

Dec. 24, 25: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve Candle Light Communion Service at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, and a Christmas Worship Service at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue NE, Cedar Springs.

December 24, 25: East Nelson UMC, 9024 18 Mile Rd. NE, welcomes you to a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24, then welcomes you to Christmas Carols and Lessons at 9:30 a.m. on Christmas morning, Dec. 25.

Dec. 24, 25: Solon Center Wesleyan Church invites you to our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service to be held Saturday, December 24, from 6-7 p.m. We also welcome you to join us for a Christmas day service at  10 a.m. as we once again celebrate the birth of Christ! The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue in Cedar Springs, just north of 19 Mile Rd. For questions please call 616-696-3229 or find more info at www.scwchurch.com.

Dec. 24, 25: St. John Paul II Catholic Church will hold two services on December 24, a Vigil Mass of Christmas at 5 p.m., and at 10:00 p.m. Mass During the Night of Christmas. On December 25 they will hold two services, 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.: Mass During the Day of Christmas. St. John Paul II is located at 3110 17 Mile Road NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. If you have any questions please call 616-696-3904. All are always welcome!

Dec. 24, 25: Rockford Springs Community Church would like to invite you to join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on December 24 at 9:00 p.m. and for our Christmas morning service on Sunday, December 25 at 9:30 a.m. RSCC is located at 8515 14 Mile Rd., Rockford, MI 49341. For questions please call the church office at 616.696.3656

Dec. 24, 25: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church will be celebrating Christmas Eve with a traditional worship service and Eucharist on Saturday, December 24 at 7 p.m. On Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, we will have Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. All welcome. We are located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont, at the corner of Pine Island and Post drives, just west of Exit 95 of US 131.  Please visit our website at www.holyspiritbelmont.org.

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Christmas Coloring Contest deadline is MONDAY!

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visa-giftcardHey kids, 

It’s time for our annual Christmas Coloring Contest and your chance to win one of three $50 gift cards, one for each age group.

Please click on the stocking above, print out, and color the picture with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose the three winners – one from each age group: 4-5 years, 6-7 years; and 8-10 years.

Good luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules! Please no help from parents or older siblings/helpers.

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Click on entry form to print… and submit with your colored stocking.

Rules: 

1. Only one entry per child.

2. Only one winner per family.

3. We are not responsible for lost mail.

4. All entries must be at our office by December 19

5. Use only crayons, markers or colored pencils.

Winners will be announced in the December 22nd issue of The Cedar Springs Post. Don’t delay, get your entry in as soon as possible – deadline is Monday, December 19 by 5:00 p.m. but we’d like to display your entry on our windows throughout the month. Our office hours are 10am to 5pm Monday-Thursday, and 10am to 2pm on Fridays. We’re closed this Thursday & Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Please deliver entries to: 

36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

Or mail to: Christmas Coloring Contest

P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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Letters to Santa

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It’s that time of year again, when kids can’t wait to mail their letters to Santa! To help parents out, the Cedar Springs Post has set up a special North Pole drop box. Every year dozens of kids use our special box for express delivery to the North Pole, and we make sure Santa reads each and every one! So, if you’d like to send a letter to Santa, and maybe get it printed in the newspaper, just drop off your letter in the bright red box labeled “Santa Mail” outside our office at 36 E. Maple Street, or mail your letter to: Letters to Santa, c/o the Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Make sure they arrive to our office by Monday, December 19th so we can get them to Santa in time!

Jacobs Christmas List

• Fit bit (any)

• Bike

• Under Armour Clothes

prefers Green, any Shade

• 3DS

• Snow Shovel (Red)

• Piggy Bank

• Bean bag (Blue w/ white polka dots)

• diary “Danger” + has Pixels on it

• Lego set – construction set

• Semi truck – Kenworth W900 w/

Lowboy trailer Hauling an

excavator 1:43

“New Ray Toy”

• Truck N Stuff SPT3304 Volvo VNL 300 Day Cab Semitractor

• Trucks N Stuff SP089HO Peterbuilt w/ Chevron Heil Tank

• Truck N Stuff SP096 Semi Peterbilt 386 Day Cab 53 Dry Van Trail

• Northern tool and equipment 13773

• hew-ray Peterbilt Box truck

• Hockey gloves

• Skateboard

Books

Treats

(Big Bag) Cool Ranch Doritoes

Snickers

Skittles


 

TySon 12/5/16

Dear Santa, I have been

very good this year but there’s

some thing’s on my Cristmas

list. I would like some

under armor shoe’s and under armor

outfits. In School I’m learning to

add, subtract, and mytilply Fraction’s.

Sincerly,

From: Tyson Van Sprange

To: Santa


 

DeAr SANTA

1# CAN JOSH ANd Angie STAy ONe more DAy?

2# CAN I MeeT ruDolPH?

3# AND pS 4 madden modle FOOT BAll

GAMe.

4# guN 410 rilly good guN.

5# And really really wAnT MoTersycle

6# AND SNow caSle ouT Side

THANK You

For evryTHiNg!

macking Good Grads iN My

rePorT Card ANd lising To

My MoM And DAD.

LoVe you     FroM Joe.


 

I accompLish not talking

in class.

Dear SAnta,

I want for a present. candy cane. Lego City. New clothes for

JoSh and angie. a deis. and a new skylandr pordl. a New sweatr. footie

pajamis. a New wii controler and nunchuck. Havint seen JoSh and

angIe for a long time. I also want a spit Ball Gun for

pant Balls.

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NORAD is ready to track Santa’s flight 

Volunteer tracker Chief Master Sgt. Roderick Schwald, North Amercian Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command first sergeant, answers calls from children and parents across the globe while at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Dec. 24. More than 1,200 volunteers from across the base and community join to cover shifts spanning the 23 hours of tracking that the North American Aerospace Defense Command hosts annually, dating back to pre-NORAD 1955. Photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh/Released.

Volunteer tracker Chief Master Sgt. Roderick Schwald, North Amercian Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command first sergeant, answers calls from children and parents across the globe while at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Dec. 24. More than 1,200 volunteers from across the base and community join to cover shifts spanning the 23 hours of tracking that the North American Aerospace Defense Command hosts annually, dating back to pre-NORAD 1955. Photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh/Released.

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 61st Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey! The NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, which launched Dec 1, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.

Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are also available in the Windows, Apple and Google Play stores, so parents and children can countdown the days until Santa’s launch on their smart phones and tablets. Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Google+. Santa followers just need to type “@noradsanta” into each search engine to get started.

Starting at 2:01 a.m. EST on Dec. 24, website visitors can watch Santa make preparations for his flight. NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will stream videos on the website as Santa makes his way over various locations. Then, at 6 a.m. EST, trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to noradtrackssanta@outlook.com. Any time on Dec. 24, Windows Phone users can ask Cortana for Santa’s location, and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to locate Santa.

NORAD Tracks Santa is truly a global experience, delighting generations of families everywhere. This is due, in large part, to the efforts and services of numerous program contributors.

It all started in 1955 when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct—only the number was misprinted. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the Crew Commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center. Thus began the tradition, which NORAD carried on since it was created in 1958.

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Letters to Santa

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It’s that time of year again, when kids can’t wait to mail their letters to Santa! To help parents out, the Cedar Springs Post has set up a special North Pole drop box. Every year dozens of kids use our special box for express delivery to the North Pole, and we make sure Santa reads each and every one! So, if you’d like to send a letter to Santa, and maybe get it printed in the newspaper, just drop off your letter in the bright red box labeled “Santa Mail” outside our office at 36 E. Maple Street, or mail your letter to: Letters to Santa, c/o the Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Make sure they arrive to our office by Monday, December 19th so we can get them to Santa in time!

 

 

 

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Five fun ways to make holiday memories with your child

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(BPT) – The holidays are a special time of year for everyone, but through the eyes of a child, it can feel like pure magic. Parents and caregivers looking to make this holiday extra special should spend less time worrying about trinkets under the tree, and instead, focus on spending quality time with their families. To make this holiday the best yet, consider these five festive ideas for bonding and creating unforgettable memories together.

Watch a favorite holiday movie together

From Frosty the Snowman to Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer – everyone has a favorite holiday movie they remember from their childhood. This year, relive those fond memories with your child as you snuggle up on the couch together. Don’t forget to gather the movie night essentials such as popcorn, holiday cookies or a mug of hot chocolate topped with Hot Cocoa & Cream PEEPS. Snap a picture of everyone together and share the joy!

Organize a holiday scavenger hunt

Santa’s elves escaped the North Pole to have a little mischief in the yard or in the house. It’s up to you and your child to find all the things on Santa’s scavenger hunt list. Before kids wake, hide fun holiday items around for the ultimate holiday scavenger hunt. A pinecone, candy cane, star and red bulb are just a few examples of what you can put on the list.

Bake with a cultural twist

Baking holiday cookies is a fantastic tradition for kids and adults alike. This year, in addition to your favorite recipes, add a new one inspired by your cultural heritage. Try Lebkuchen from Germany, Melomakarona from Greece or Alfajores from Argentina. A few minutes online and you’ll find the perfect recipe to expand your holiday cookie platter and help kids delve into their family history.

Embrace the spirit of the season

The holidays are a wonderful time full of wish lists and present exchanges. This year, help kids understand the joy of giving back by volunteering together. Whether you buy presents for a family in need, write holiday letters to the troops or help at a homeless shelter, you’re showing kids that it feels just as good to give as it does to receive. Plus, the experience will leave a positive impact long after the holidays are over.

Make an ornament keepsake

Let children’s imaginations take flight and embrace the spirit of the holiday season by creating a special ornament together. With a few simple supplies, you can create a cute and customizable ornament that will remind you of this special project each year as you pull out the decorations. Make a few extra and let your child give them to grandparents, teachers and friends.

Try this simple guide for fun and festive Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments:

Supplies:

PEEPS Christmas marshmallow shapes: Gingerbread Men, Trees, Snowmen or Reindeer

DIY ornaments

Tape with a holiday design (washi tape)

Miniature seasonal props

Loose glitter snow

Hot glue

Popsicle sticks

Ribbon

Bells

Directions:

Best practice: Select which PEEPS you want to use in the ornament, remove from packaging, and let sit overnight.

1. Start with one half of the ornament. (DIY ornaments typically sold in a set of halves.)

2. To create a platform for the PEEPS to stand on, take a Popsicle stick and cut it so it rests across the lower third of the inside. Secure the stick using hot glue to the inside of the ornament.

3. Prop your selected PEEPS shape on the Popsicle platform and secure with hot glue.

4. Add festive miniature props such as the mini-Christmas tree and candy cane shown above, secure with hot glue.

5. Let the ornament stand for 10 minutes.

6. Add enough loose glitter snow to the finished half of the ornament to hide the Popsicle stick.

7. Connect the front half of the ornament and carefully secure with hot glue.

8. Add the tape with holiday design (washi tape) to cover the seam of the ornament or add bells and ribbon to the outside of the ornament.

Caution: glue gun can be extremely hot. Parents should supervise at all times.

For more holiday inspiration visit marshmallowpeeps.com.

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Books for everyone on your list this holiday season

This holiday season, give a gift that inspires endless wonder—a book!  (c) BillionPhotos.com - Fotolia.com

This holiday season, give a gift that inspires endless wonder—a book!
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(StatePoint) No matter who is on your list this holiday season, great books make for great gifts.

Here are five titles to consider giving knowledge-seekers to enjoy during the season, or as stocking stuffers:

Gem Lovers

Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution, “Gem” is a visual guide to precious and semiprecious stones, organic gems, and precious metals, and features over 1,000 specially commissioned images. “Gem” reveals the science, natural history, mythology, and true stories behind the most celebrated gems and jewel-laden artifacts, including the Hope Diamond and Queen Elizabeth’s pelican brooch.

Readers can learn about the exquisite jewelry of cultures around the world, find out what characteristics are needed for a record-breaking gem, and follow the history of the world’s most famous jewelry houses and designers.

Star Gazers

Chart the wonders of the cosmos with “The Stars.” Packed with three-dimensional artworks of each constellation and new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope, ground-based observatories and more, this guide features fascinating objects like glittering star-birth nebulae and supermassive black holes.

The position, size and color of every night-sky object are revealed and a three-dimensional model of the celestial sphere that surrounds Earth charts all 88 constellations. From the Big Bang to the search for extraterrestrial life, astronomy and cosmology topics are covered in an easy-to-digest visual format.

Automotive Enthusiasts

Classic car collectors and enthusiasts will enjoy “Classic Car,” a visual guide created in association with the Smithsonian Institution. Featuring the most iconic classics of every decade from the 1940s to the 1980s from the Aston Martin DB5 to the Chevrolet Corvette, the book offers detailed profiles of trademark models, as well as the famous designers and manufacturers behind them, featuring more than 1,300 photographs and two prints suitable for framing.

Inventors

Readers can build and explore 28 kid-safe experiments, crafts and activities with “Maker Lab.” Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and supporting STEAM education initiatives, the book will get young inventors’ wheels turning, making science fun.

Explaining science through photographs, facts and real-world examples, each activity is appropriate for kids ages 8-12 years old. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano; make bath fizzies; construct a solar system; and more.

Budding Builders

Encourage builders to look at their LEGO bricks in new, creative ways with “365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks,” an interactive book featuring imaginative play and building ideas, from projects that take just a few minutes to those that keep one occupied for hours.

Activities include building a LEGO pet, challenging friends to make the tallest tower while working against the clock, and organizing a LEGO bricks treasure hunt.

American Girl Fans

Offer American Girl fans a treasured bookshelf addition with “American Girl: Ultimate Visual Guide,” which includes images of every BeForever and Girl of the Year doll, an expanded section on the TrulyMe dolls and a detailed timeline of the company. Readers can learn about favorite dolls, historical eras, outfits, pets, accessories and more.

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Santa Claus is coming to town

 

Santa parade, tree lighting and more next Saturday, December 3 

n-mingle-with-kris-kringleAre you ready to have yourself a merry Christmas Cedar Springs-style? Come on out and experience a day of goodwill and cheer on Saturday, December 3, when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce presents “Come Mingle with Kris Kringle.”

The day will start at 10 a.m. with families able to make and take Christmas ornaments at the Cedar Springs Library from 10-1, then do kids crafts at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum from 1-3 p.m. You can also enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus from 2-3 p.m. at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more, all before the mini-parade that brings Santa to the corner of Main and Ash Street at about 4:30-4:45.

Following the parade will be a live nativity scene, tree lighting, caroling, and mingling with Kris Kringle at the American Legion Hall.

Bring the whole family out on Saturday, December 3, for a fun, community Christmas celebration! See the Chamber advertisement here for complete details on times and locations.

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Post to collect toys for needy

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n-toys-for-tots-trainlogoWould you like to do something special for families in need this Christmas? You can partner with us to provide toys for needy children in Kent County. The Post is participating in the Toys for Tots program again this holiday season, as a drop off site for toys.

Toys for Tots is a volunteer organization whose goal is to collect new, unwrapped toys for kids 0-16, and distribute them to children who would not otherwise receive a gift during the holiday season. Toys for teens are always especially needed.

The program runs now through December 14. Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to our office at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can’t make that time, call us to make other arrangements.

Together we can make this Christmas special for many children!

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