One of the greatest debates in the world is that of when it is acceptable to start getting ready for Christmas. Some say right after Halloween. Some say mid November. I say right after Thanksgiving. Black Friday to be exact. It’s a tradition in the Bubul household. My father decorates our front yard with Christmas lights while my mother and I focus on the inside. She decorates the kitchen and downstairs with her extensive collection of Santa figurines and I focus on decorating my room. It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions.

Over time, I have learned to love the whole holiday season, although, as a child, I was far from as patient as I am today. I was told that Santa comes after Thanksgiving. I took that quite literally and woke everyone up the day after Thanksgiving only to be devastated to not find any presents to unwrap. Although Santa may not come right after Thanksgiving, in my opinion that is the appropriate time for all things Christmas.

Whether you start celebrating Christmas in October, November, December, I hope that you and your family have a happy, healthy and blessed holiday season.

Ornament sale

West Pittston United Methodist Church is selling Christmas ornaments again this year.

The church started an annual ornament collection last year for its 150th anniversary. Last year’s ornament was of the church, and this year’s ornament is a photo of the Firefighters Memorial Bridge. Each ornament is $10 and are available in the church secretary’s office. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Arrangements also can be made to have the ornaments delivered locally, if needed.

Corpus Christi news

The Corpus Christi Social Concerns Committee is collecting non-perishable food for its Christmas food drive. Some suggested items the church is in need of include stuffing, gravy, boxed or canned potatoes, yams, vegetables, pumpkin pie filling, pie crusts, etc. Food may be left in the vestibules of the churches or, during the week, at the rectory.

The parish’s baptism ministry consists of volunteers who assist Monsignor John Sempa and Deacon Jim Meizanis during baptisms. On behalf of the parish, they welcome the families of the child being baptized, and present handmade gifts to the child, including a bib or stole and a crocheted baby afghan. The parish is looking for a few more volunteers to help. Please call Marianne at 570-693-1216.

The adult choir will once again begin rehearsing in preparation to sing at the 10 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. New members, both teens and adults, are welcome.

Corpus Christi Parish is holding a winter lottery ticket sale. Tickets have been mailed to parishioners. If you would like additional tickets, please contact Lori at 570-654-2753 or email For a donation of $25 you have the chance of winning every day in January, February and March. If you received a ticket and do not wish to buy it, the church asks that you return the ticket to the rectory as soon as possible, as unsold numbers will be reissued and sold to someone else.

The current ministry schedule for altar servers, lectors and Eucharistic ministers will expire at the end of November. A new ministry schedule, which will run from December 2021 through February 2022, will be printed in the next couple of weeks. Therefore, if you wish to change your Mass preference or contact information, please contact your coordinator as soon as possible.

Valley Alliance Church

Valley Alliance Church conducts Sunday morning worship from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Junior church occurs concurrently with the Sunday service. Nursery is available.

Prayer and Bible study are offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. This mid-week service is intended to help build and strengthen families.

Library news

West Pittston Library will offer the following activities:

Strawbees Engineering — 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29. When it’s the last day of Thanksgiving break and the kids are complaining they’re bored, bring them to the library for hands-on, screen-free, playful learning with this creative and challenging event. It’s building with straws and connectors but in a whole new way! Strawbees connectors allow for rotation, turning a once stationary build into something with movement. After getting to know how the pieces operate with free build time, the group will tackle the challenge of building a mechanical arm and other structures. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Giant Snowflakes — 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. All it takes is plain paper, scissors, tape and a stapler to construct a beautiful and intricate giant 3D snowflake!

West Pittston Library Presents “A Christmas Carol” — 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. Huzzah to the library’s annual reading of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. The library’s readers are eager to share a festive tale with you, while wishing you all the best for the new year. A highlight of the library’s year, the public is invited to attend and enjoy a relaxing holiday evening. If you are interested in reading, please contact the library. The library always is looking to add to its great cast!

Holiday Crafts in Bulk — 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Are you crunched for time but still want to give handmade gifts and treats this year? The library will have a crash course in bulk gifts, led by Miss Kendra.

Wassailing through West Pittston — 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Bundle up and belt it out as carolers roam through the streets of West Pittston. Bring a flashlight, lantern, or battery operated candle to the library and take part in an approximate 30-minute walk around the Garden Village for this old-fashioned Christmas tradition. Following the walk, the group will enjoy cocoa and treats as well as make and take holiday crafts for all ages. This event is sponsored by the West Pittston Library Board of Trustees.

Osmo Education System — 6:15-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 15 or Dec. 22. The Osmo system offers interactive games in core subjects and life skills with hands-on, real-world object manipulation. With six tech terminals, kids will have a blast and they won’t even know they’re learning! Registration is required; pick one date only. The program is suitable for all ages.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.

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