Union County GA Magazine Table of Contents 2 3 4 6 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 38 39 From the Desk of the Publisher/Editor Elusive Christmas Spirit I.T. & Clyde Harkins WWII Veterans Holidays & Special Days Union General Hospital Chest Pain Center Accreditation for a Second Time Christmas Trivia Angel Tree for Animals at Mountain Shelter Exclusive interview with Governor Deal Blairsville’s Oldest Cemetery Restored Christmas Around the World Jackson Chief Registrar since 1973 6,371 miles away and 2,022 years ago Veterans Day in Blairsville Christmas Crossword Puzzle - Handdrawn Veterans Day at Woody Gap School, Suches Cooking Ranges * Mistletoe * Cherokee Greeting Chamber Corner; Christmas Poem Recipes from Union County Kitchens Union County Formed from 1800s Lottery Festival - Butternut Creek in Blairsville Festival - Indian Summer in Suches Festival - Scottish Festival in Blairsville Festival - Sorghum in Blairsville Saint Nicholas Prepare Autos for Winter * Christmas Songs Why Election Day is on Tuesday in November Christmas in America - From Crime to Holiday VVA Mural Wall Project * In A Nut Shell Places of Interest in Union County Restaurant Guide for Union County Community Directory Important Phone Numbers * 2019 Calendar . Holiday & Winter 2018-19 . www.unioncountymag.com Page 3 The Elusive Christmas Spirit Once Upon A Time, there was in existence a Christmas Spirit that made the holiday a special time of the year. A time that was felt for only a few days around the magical date of the twenty-fifth day of the last month of the year. What happened to the Elusive Christmas Spirit that is now more legend than reality? In yesteryear children would be excited to get an orange or some candy. On a rare occasion there would be a small toy. Years ago when a gift was wrapped and placed under the tree, it was a mystery. In today’s world, children have an abundance of things year round, thus getting more stuff is not special. In days gone by, a Christmas tree was put up only a few days before Christmas Day and removed soon after the day passed. It would take a child several years to see a decorated tree for a total of thirty days. Christmas decorations have lost their charm with so much seen for several months. Once upon a time, having a big meal with family was a rare occasion. Money to buy food was not plentiful. Family members who lived away had limited transportation to travel distances. In today’s world, a lot of food and family visits are common year round. Christmas in years gone by would be a break from the routine of life. Now the holiday is simply added to an already By Norm Cooper Editor, Union County GA Magazine busy life, being more a chore than a celebration. A play or a music special happened once a year in yesteryear and you had to attend to see it. There are so many productions now year round and seeing it does not require attendance due to social media. Christmas season was typically a few days to a couple of weeks long. In today’s world, stores stock shelves with Christmas items before some other holidays have occurred. The shopping season starts months before the holiday. By the time the holiday arrives many people are tired of it. And, what happened to the tradition of caroling? Lost is the art of mailing Christmas Cards in envelopes. Every year fewer residences and businesses and churches have outdoor decorations to share with those who pass by. There is no difference in the lawn from December and the middle of the year for most people, businesses and churches. Many cities and counties have restricted areas where displays can be put up for the holiday. For most, life is simply too busy to capture the innocence of the season that used to make it special. Where is the Christmas Spirit? It still exist, however, it must be sought for. Christmas can be a special time for those who choose to make it so. Enjoying the festivities of the season is there for those who make it so.