The Daily Press http://www.sweetwaterreporter.com http://www.sweetwaterreporter.com/apfeed.xml--1 Sweetwater Reporter | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-12-25T11:40:36-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:13402VIDEO OF THE DAY: Pro Bowl roster announced2014-12-24T13:07:10-05:002014-12-24T13:07:10-05:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater Reporter<script type="text/javascript"async src="http://launch.newsinc.com/js/embed.js" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Sweetwater, TXNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: Pro Bowl roster announcedSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:13402Change0Usable2014-12-24T13:07:10-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:13401What is your favorite Christmas memory?2014-12-25T11:40:36-05:002014-12-24T11:49:27-05:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterRichard Trevino Jr. — I remember my grandmother always having the tin cans full of popcorn. I looked forward to going over and eating the flavored ones.Peggy Kimbrell — Christmas 2005. Saddest Christmas ever but wouldn't trade a minute of it. Miss you Stephnie Francis Hambrick.Marla Reddic — Watching Rudolph every year with my father.Brooke Lynn Stone — My favorite Christmas memory is having Christmas with my papa Royce, he would get us alcohol or lottery tickets each year before he passed!Ada Gutierrez — The fruit bags my dad would fix up for our family every year, miss him a lot.Erica Munoz — My sister and I saw "Santa" putting gifts under the tree and we were giggling so he came to check on us and we acted like we were sleeping.Sharion Kay Henley — My grandmother playing Santa Claus at the First Presbyterian Church, in Roscoe, Texas.Vivian Heffernan — When my little sister was about five years old. It is Christmas Eve, and she was watching TV and talking to my dad and me. My mom came in there and sat with us, and the brother between us, slipped out the back door, took her gifts from Santa and set them on the porch, knocked loudly, and ran back into the kitchen door. My little sister jumped up, looked at us in surprise, dad said, "Well answer the door." When she did and saw the gifts, her look was PRICELESS!!!!! It was great.Sarah N. Gomez — Christmas Eve, when I was young we would all spend the night at my grandparents house! The beautiful smell of a real tree.Ramiro Gutierrez — The best memory, me being a kid, I got the best gifts because I was the baby of the boys, and boy were my gifts awesome! Just the memory of it brings me lots of joy to now spread my love to my babies.Elizabeth Cisneros Soto — Staying up late with my in-laws and my father-in-law playing Santa Claus and passing out the gifts. Also watching my little boy's face opening his gifts after midnight!David Vaughan — Christmas at the house with family and friends a couple of years ago. Great time.Debra Doss Sylvia Gomez — Having my kids come running into the bedroom all excited because Santa had come. (Debra)Julie Byers Taylor — I was about five or six years old and it was Christmas morning. I woke up to the sound of sleigh bells ringing! So excited I ran into the living room to see what glorious sight would behold me, when I heard a loud gunshot come from outside! My dad runs in the house exclaiming that he had shot Santa Clause! My brother and I started crying our eyes out! Poor Daddy saw that he had made a horrible mistake! Quickly he made up a story telling us it was okay he had only shot him in the foot and all would be okay for him to return the next year. We then enjoyed our presents and we get to tell our kids that Papaw shot Santa Clause in the foot when we were kids! Robbi Lomas — When my grandparents were still alive and MORE than the whole family would gather at their big house on Bawcom Street. We would sit in a circle around Nanny's big Christmas tree and wait for our presents to be passed out to us. The next morning our stockings would be overstuffed with knick knacks and treats. The line of stockings stretched from the very bottom step up to the very tip top so that if your stocking was the last one, you had to get a step ladder to even get to it. Then all of us grandkids would run outside in our pajamas and play with whatever we got from Santa that morning.Linda Garza — For me it was going over to my parents' house, taking them chocolates my daughter made with homemade cookies and watching them open gifts we had just given them, to see their faces and remember that's how we looked when we were little. It wasn't the big stuff, it was being with family that mattered. Enjoy your parents while you still have them. This year will be special, because my brother Ricky lives here with me. I have so much to be thankful for!Alanna Adams — My favorite Christmas memories are the ones we will be making from here on! Thankful for the ability to live in Grace and celebrate that very thing!Dylan BoBaggins Dirte — Homeless in Denver, 2011 — #HAIL PIZZASweetwater, TXNo author availableWhat is your favorite Christmas memory?Sweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:13401Change0Usable2014-12-24T11:49:27-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:13400Fantasy and Reality: a closer look at Christmas2014-12-25T11:40:36-05:002014-12-24T11:46:59-05:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterAsk anyone this question and you will probably get a different answer each time. But the timeless holiday movie shares what we hope Christmas to be, what it has become and what it really is about.As the film begins, the Peanuts gang is ice-skating in the snow. Snoopy is up to his silliness once again, while the pile of dust follows Pigpen. And while the sight conjures up the dreams of cocoa and fireplaces, snow is something we in West Texas rarely enjoy during the holiday.Unfortunately, our main character is plagued by the Christmas blues--something that may happen to a family member or friend during this season. But as any "good friend" would do, the all-demanding Lucy van Pelt encourages Charlie Brown to get involved and direct the local program, even if she wants to run the show herself (and crown herself the Christmas Queen).The kids gather, and Schroeder tickles the white ivories playing the all-too-familiar Peanuts theme song (wonderfully composed by the pianist Vince Guaraldi) as the regulars and a few other faces (because when else have we seen Shermy, that other little boy, and the twins with the purple shirts?) dance with glee. The music and dancing would be just fine in a normal Christmas celebration...but not in the middle of the Christmas play rehearsal.Charlie Brown struggles to get the respect of his peers as he gets ready for the play, while Lucy manages to assign parts to the kids and even Snoopy, who takes on the role of the animals--which he thinks includes a vulture. And on top of that, Charlie Brown is aware of the commercialism that comes with Christmas, which doesn't help to quell his depression.Snoopy participates in the lights and display contest just so he can win the top money prize. Even Charlie Brown's baby sister Sally has fallen victim to the greediness of the season, when she asks her brother to help her write a letter to Santa Claus asking him to send her money for her Christmas gift.Lucy loved the idea of making money as she counseled Charlie Brown, and even concedes to the concept of commercialism in Christmas. But the play's director says no, and to steer in the opposite direction he goes out and buys a Christmas tree--a small, scraggly wooden "tree".Just as he takes pride in his accomplishment, the cast has no problem sharing their disappointment in Charlie Brown and ridicules him as well as the tree. Thus, he's thrust back into the throes of depression and confusion.Linus is also aware of Christmas being too commercial--even "dangerous", but he has an answer to Charlie Brown's question. It's the one many of us are familiar with, where December 25 is celebrated as the birthday of Jesus. The boy who is inseparable from his blue blanket quotes the account found in the Gospel of Luke--chapter two, verses 8 through 14--in the King James Version of the Bible:"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'" After hearing the story, Charlie Brown is committed to defeating commercialism; the tree will be just fine. He also takes a stab at Christmas decorations, taking a red ornament from Snoopy's first-place winning decorations.But in his hopes of bringing Christmas spirit, the tree flops over and he says he "ruined it". And as the kids come, they love on the tree and decorate it--redeeming Charlie Brown in the process and everyone realizing what really matters.So as we all spend this Christmas day with family and friends...enjoying presents from Santa and the decorations, unwrapping presents and singing Christmas hymns and carols...may we not forget the reason for the season--the simple answer that Linus gives to his friend's question.Sweetwater, TXBelinda SerranoFantasy and Reality: a closer look at ChristmasSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:13400Change0Usable2014-12-24T11:46:59-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:13399Chamber welcomes new doctor to Sweetwater2014-12-24T11:43:57-05:002014-12-24T11:43:57-05:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableChamber welcomes new doctor to SweetwaterSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:13399Change0Usable2014-12-24T11:43:57-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:13398Grand Jury indicts six2014-12-24T11:41:05-05:002014-12-24T11:41:05-05:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableGrand Jury indicts sixSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:13398Change0Usable2014-12-24T11:41:05-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:13397Fourth graders perform Christmas play2014-12-24T11:39:06-05:002014-12-24T11:39:06-05:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterShown are the termites, Grant Rios, Tyler Slaton, Curtis Williams, Jadon Reddic and Ryan Alvarez.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableFourth graders perform Christmas playSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:13397Change0Usable2014-12-24T11:39:06-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:13395Local forecast for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day2014-12-24T08:54:30-05:002014-12-24T08:54:30-05:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterYour Christmas Eve forecast is looking to be mostly clear, with a low around 35 and southern winds at 5 to 15 mph. Gusts could get as high as 25 mph.For Christmas Day, we're looking at mostly sunny skies with a high near 60. Winds will be breezy and from the south at 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.Thursday night is expected to be partly cloudy, with a low around 42 and breezy winds from the south at 15 to 20 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableLocal forecast for Christmas Eve and Christmas DaySweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:13395Change0Usable2014-12-24T08:54:30-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:13394SPAC donates to dog rescue center2014-12-23T11:46:51-05:002014-12-23T11:46:51-05:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableSPAC donates to dog rescue centerSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:13394Change0Usable2014-12-23T11:46:51-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:13393Richard Fergeson State Farm hosts night with Santa2014-12-23T11:44:39-05:002014-12-23T11:44:39-05:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterSweetwater, TXNo author availableRichard Fergeson State Farm hosts night with SantaSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:13393Change0Usable2014-12-23T11:44:39-05:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:13392Tuesday's local forecast2014-12-23T08:54:17-05:002014-12-23T08:54:17-05:00Copyright 2010 Sweetwater ReporterExpect mostly cloudy conditions tonight, with a low around 31 and northwest winds at 10 to 15 mph.Sweetwater, TXNo author availableTuesday's local forecastSweetwater Reporterurn:publicid:dailypress.com:13392Change0Usable2014-12-23T08:54:17-05:00