"Are you done shopping?" How many times have you asked or been asked this question in recent weeks? Those who are finished, answer smugly; those who have barely begun, like yours truly, cringe a little as the question is a reminder of how quickly Christmas is approaching.

Of course, shopping is not the only activity this time of year. Many adults and children work diligently to present Christmas concerts and programs:

The kindergarten through second grades will present a Christmas play in the Linton Gym at 6 p.m Thursday, Dec. 15.

"A Distant Memories Service" will be presented at the United Methodist Church, located at 106 N. Newell Saturday, Dec. 17. The service honors loved ones who live only in our memories as well as loved ones who, for whatever reason, cannot be home for Christmas. The service begins at 6 p.m. and following, those who wish may join in caroling around town.

There will be a band and vocal music concert at the Linton Gym at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. Vocal music will be presented by 5-6 grades and the junior high and high school. The band concert will be presented by the 6th grade band, the junior high and high school band.

There will be Christmas Eve services at the United Methodist Church beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.

The last Sunday to bring mittens and hats for the mitten tree at the Methodist Church is Sunday, Dec. 18. Those items will be given to Big 5 Dec. 19.

Also remember members of law enforcement and the fire department as well as workers at the Manor and hospital, many of whom will be working Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.

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