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Behind the Scenes @FOX19 News

Steven Ackermann, News Director Steven Ackermann, News Director
Sheila Gray Sheila Gray
Rob Williams Rob Williams
Dan Carroll Dan Carroll
Christie Dutton Christie Dutton

Merry Christmas!

I'm sending this out a bit early this week so you have the opportunity to set your VCR or DVR for Christmas morning. 

Sheila, Rob, Dan and Christie have a special program starting at 6:00 AM Tuesday morning.   Of course, we'll have whatever news happens overnight and your weather forecast.  If Santa keeps you out late tonight, you might want to set your VCR or DVR.

We've put together a wonderful sample of local musical groups singing some of your favorite Christmas songs.  There are also a couple of original compositions.  We've got school choirs like the one from Winton Woods alongside local favorites like the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood.  Here is a link to the entire list. 

In case you're wondering,  we've been working on this for several weeks.  To be precise, I should say Helen has been working on this for several weeks.  Helen is our morning coordinating producer.  Every time a group visited FOX19, Helen would arrange for them to tape a special Christmas segment.  It's no small undertaking, but I'm sure you will enjoy it. 

Adopt-a-Class

If you were watching last Wednesday, you saw our Christmas Party for two classes at Winton Hills Academy.  This is a wonderful program organized by a group called Adopt-a-Class.  Here is a link to their website in you want more information.   

Bill Burwinkel leads the effort.  He came and asked us to join the program several months ago.  Bill explains it as a program designed to simply create opportunities for grade-school children to meet people in the business world. It takes only a little time to meet your class and then exchange a few letters.  A small office can adopt one class or a larger office can adopt several.

Special Time of the Year:

Driving to work this morning, I noticed a beautiful full moon.  Why do I note that?

Christmas doesn't always fall with a full moon because the Gregorian calendar follows the sun instead of the moon.  I don't know if there is anything special about years when Christmas falls as it does this year.

There are a couple of other interesting calendar facts this year.  In the fall, the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana fell on September 12-13 this year which also marked the start of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan.  That doesn't happen very often despite the fact that both traditions follow a lunar calendar.

Eid al-Adha or the "Feast of Sacrifice" is the Islamic holiday marking the end of the ritual pilgrimage to Mecca.  Muslims all over the world mark this holiday regardless of whether they actually make the pilgrimage to Mecca.  The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati hosted a community dinner on Saturday and has organized a number of food drives to help feed the hungry. 

I am not sure what to make of all of this.  It seems interesting that from the end of November until the early part of January, we have plenty of opportunities to be grateful for the good things that have come our way.  Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Eid al-Ahda, Christmas and Kwanza (I've found two spellings by the way) are all opportunities to reflect on what is good in our world and how we can work to make it better.

Regardless of our personal traditions this is a time of year when we should all come together in the hope of peace and goodwill among mankind. As always, thanks for reading along. 

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