OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English critic and churchman William Warburton, born on this date in 1698, "Enthusiasm is that temper of the mind in which the imagination has got the better of the judgment."
One early Christmas morning
I gazed up to the skies
And I beheld the strangest sight
Before my very eyes.
I saw an angel praying
And thanking God above
For giving us the greatest gift
Of His eternal love.
The stars were in the heavens,
The moon was shining bright
And snow was gently drifting down,
'Twas such a heavenly sight!
The sheep were in the meadow,
A lamb was standing by
And I beheld a precious child --
He softly breathed a sigh.
I shall remember always
Each time I kneel and pray
The precious gift of God's own Son
That blessed Christmas Day.
-- Doris V. Neumann
MERRY CATMAS -- Looking for that last-minute gift for a cat lover? If you're out by McKinley Mall in Hamburg, drop in at Tabbytown, the Ten Lives Club adoption center across from Best Buy, and pick up a copy of their 2011 calendar. It features photos of the shelter's own rescued cats, and it's the same price as last year's calendar -- $10. All proceeds help support the shelter's rescued cats.
CHILDREN'S HOUR -- Plan for a family occasion Feb. 5 and 6 at the WNED Kid Fest, an indoor carnival in the WNED Studios at 140 Lower Terrace. On hand for meeting, greeting and photos will be four popular PBS characters -- The Cat in the Hat, WordGirl, Sid the Science Kid and Curious George.
The festival also features a variety of activities to get kids excited about learning. Live performances both days will include stories, songs and demonstrations, as well as games, crafts, coloring, face painting, raffles and prizes.
In addition, there's the WNED Kid Fest Character Breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 5 in the nearby Pearl Street Grill. It includes a full buffet meal, visits with the four PBS characters and an exclusive time slot from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Kid Fest.
Special discount tickets for the Kid Fest, available through next Friday, are $20 for two adults and two children ages 1 to 12, or $10 for one adult and one child. Cost for the breakfast is $25 per adult and $15 per child. For info and tickets, call toll free (888) 202-2859 or visit www.wned.org. Space is limited and tickets may not be available at the door.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Carol Schlau, Jeanette Joyce Livingston, Steve Czopp, Mark Niefer, Rita Sofia, Harry Rosettani, Mary Ramsey, Ben Vogt, Audria Shotwell, Rita Hartmann, Sister Mary Vivian Maczonis, Christopher Glynn, Lynda Ram, Hailey Giordano, Carol Williams, Ruth Frank and Natalie McNamara.
SATURDAY -- Joe Roland, Mable Stover, Patrick Kennelly, Karen Keefe, Kimberly Schaller, Aurora Shotwell, Mary C. Howard, Waltraud Beil, Sister Mary Rosalind Rosolowski, Alex Glor, Von E. Oliver, Ashley Marie Prentiss, Clayton Salzman III, Betty Lovern, Holly McNamara and Marie Stewart.
AND SUNDAY -- John Katalinas, Janice A. Morrow-Hall, Jessica Wheaton, Lyndy Rose Czora, Kathryn M. Dickson, Richard Felger, Karen Peffer, Tammy Roberts, Dave Crawford, Gale Genco, Helen Kuszniaj, Mike Healy, Marge Lampman, Carol Blake, Carole Ignaszak and Jo Ledwin.