Merry Christmas to all! If you are feeling a little down already because you think the holiday is drawing to an end, rejoice. The Twelve Days of Christmas are just beginning and they are more than the never-ending Christmas carol we all know — or sort of know. I get a little confused after "the five golden rings" verse. The song is said to be a secret catechism, created in the middle ages when practicing Catholicism was illegal. Each present was a secret way to remember the gifts of faith. The partridge represented Jesus. The turtle doves represent the Old Testament and the New Testament. And each verse continues to the 12 drummers, symbolizing the 12 points of the Apostles Creed.
So, all of you Christmas lovers, let’s continue this celebration into the new year!
But, however long you celebrate, remember Christmas is not over until the Christmas tree is mulched. Whether you take down your live tree the day after Christmas or the first week of January — and after you have removed the decorations — drop it off for recycling. Help make sure that your live tree does not become yard waste. Between Monday and Jan. 6, we will have a variety of locations around the county for turning in the trees for recycling. Hinesville residents can also have their undecorated trees picked up at the curb.
Georgia Power graciously provides the equipment and manpower to mulch the trees and decorations can cause problems in the chipper.
You can deposit your tree in designated locations at any Liberty County Solid Waste Convenience Center or Recycling Drop-off Center during hours Dec. 26-Jan. 6:
• 25 South Dairy Road (Gum Branch)
• 156 Pate Rogers Road (Fleming)
• 836 Limerick Road (Lake George)
• 64 Left Field Road (Miller Park)
• 619 J V Road (west Hinesville)
• 50 Isle of Wight Road (Midway)
• 344 Ft Morris Road (Sunbury)
• 111 Carter Road (Hinesville)
• 129 Sandy Run (east Hinesville)
• 941 E G Miles Parkway (Training Center)
• Walthourville Public Works site
• 4000 Coastal Hwy (Riceboro)
• Fort Stewart PX
• Liberty County Health Department
The annual chipping day will be at the Liberty County Health Department, Highway 84 and Patriot’s Trail, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 7.
The mulch day is for everyone. Residents who drop by will receive oak and dogwood seedlings and vegetable and flower seeds, while supplies last. We will have several seedlings.
So, join me in extending your holiday by celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas.
For more information, contact Keep Liberty Beautiful at 880-4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org or check out information on www.keeplibertybeautiful.org .