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Coal in the Stockings at the W.Va. State Capitol

October 29, 2009 - Joselyn King
First, happy Halloween. And I wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

But quite frankly, I love Christmas. The sounds, the smells, the colors . . .it's the best time of year.

So it made me happy when I heard the West Virginia Governor's Office is thinking ahead about this year's Christmas tree at the State Capitol. They're also not forgetting that West Virginia coal makes the power that lights that tree.

First Lady Gayle Manchin is encouraging all classes – K to 12th grade – to create an “energy” themed ornament to be displayed on the State Capitol Christmas tree, the one located in the Capitol Rotunda.

Every classroom in the state is invited to submit an ornament that reflects or represents energy in some way. The ornaments will be classified in four divisions according to grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each ornament will be individually judged, and four winning classes will be selected, one from each division.

Those classes will get a visit from Gayle Manchin during the holiday season -- and presumably a temporary break from classwork. The ornaments and the Christmas tree will be unveiled in conjunction with Joyful Night, the annual holiday celebration at the State Capitol, held in early December.

During the holidays at the Governor’s Mansion, the winning ornaments will be displayed in the Grand Foyer, and in January 2010, then the winning ornaments will be donated to the West Virginia State Museum for their permanent collection.

Sounds like an intriging idea to create Christmas ornaments from coal. Gives kind of a positive connotation to the term, "coal in your Christmas Stocking."

I know there have to be people out there saying, "Ugh. Christmas already!"

Get with it. The spirit of peace and goodwill to men should always be welcome. Especially now, when it seems we might need it most.

And may I be the first to wish you, "Merry Christmas."


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