We originally wrote this article in 2008. At that time our daughter lived in Fairbanks, Alaska. So, some of the statements in the following paragraphs by Joanne are no longer accurate. Our daughter doesn’t live in Fairbanks now.
The web camera hosted by the local newspaper is still there, but they no longer put up a Christmas tree. Also, they no longer have a way for viewers to write comments. So, the social group Joanne mentions below no longer exists. But back then, here’s what was happening.
Joanne wrote in 2008:
We are frequent visitors to the Arctic Web Cam web site, hosted by the Daily News Miner, a newspaper in Fairbanks, Alaska. We live in Minnesota, but our daughter lives in Fairbanks. Viewing this web cam shows us what the weather is like where our daughter is.
But the ArcticCam web site has become more than that. A social network has formed among the”camsters” who post comments regularly on the web site. We feel as though we know each other, and enjoy reading what’s going on with those who write regularly.
Earlier in December, staff members from the News Miner put up a Christmas tree in the parking lot that we camsters can see. Everyone loved it, and our daughter went over and shot the photos you see below.
Jan writes in December 2018:
But as we know, Christmas is so much more than nicely decorated evergreen trees
The Shepherds and the Angels
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
And, as someone has said:
“Wise men seek Him still!”
A Blessed Christmas to all!!