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The Christmas wreath represents the crown of thorns that Christ wore. If you turn a candy cane upside down it makes the letter “J.” The hard peppermint candy so festive and delicious is a familiar sign of the season. A candle glowing in the window makes one think of light and hope and home. A yule log that burns all night brings warmth and a feeling of comfort and peace. The four Advent candles represent hope, peace, joy and love during the four weeks of Advent.

There are signs everywhere that represent what we celebrate this time of year. Whether it is the glow of a menorah or the lights on a Christmas tree that help you remember what it is all about, remember those words you heard long ago, back in kindergarten: Stop. Look. Listen. And Rejoice.

Come to the Eastport Bible Church on Sunday, December 21, at 7 p.m., for a beautiful Christmas Cantata performed by the Eastport Bible Church Choir, under the direction of Jan Young. This free concert is open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the performance.

Santa will be at the Eastport firehouse on Sunday, December 21, from 9 a.m. until noon, for photos with the kids and breakfast! A buffet breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until noon. Tickets are $8 for adults; $7 for senior citizens and those ages five to 12; and free for kids five and under. Photos with Santa are $5 each. All proceeds will benefit the Eastport Fire Department.

Stables Garden Center on Montauk Highway in East Moriches is having an Island Harvest Food Drive right now. So if you plan on stopping by for a tree or wreath, please bring an offering of a nonperishable food item to donate. The food drive will end on Monday, December 22.

Friday night, December 19, is the final night to donate to the Eastport South Manor Sharks Holiday Stuff-A-School Project. Several school clubs and organizations are looking for donations of toys, clothing, coats, pajamas and treats for cats and dogs to donate to the needy.

If you are attending a concert at the high school, please bring an item to donate! The drop-off location is right by the auditorium at the school.

Congratulations to all Eastport South Manor School District students who have performed musical selections thus far at winter concerts. The students and teachers have worked hard preparing for the performances. There is a lot of talent at ESM!

Bell-ringers are still needed to help out at the Salvation Army kettle right here in Eastport. If you can donate an hour of your time for this worthy cause, please call Joyce at 325-1582.

Looking ahead to Christmas Eve, the Westhampton Presbyterian Church in Quiogue will have a Family Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at 5 p.m. There will be an 11 p.m. Communion Candlelight Service that night as well. All are invited to attend.

The Eastport Bible Church will have two services on Christmas Eve—one at 7 p.m. and another 9:30 p.m. All are invited to attend these candlelight worship services.

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