The Patriot Press

December 17th, 2021

Christmas is a magical time of year. Celebrating the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, gives us a boost of excitement during the holiday season. Baking with family, looking at Christmas lights, decorating, singing carols, being with family, attending church, going to Christmas concerts and gifting others gives us a sense of happiness. Members of "The Patriot Press" wanted to give you some ideas on how to find JOY this holiday season, so we hope that our last newsletter of 2021 gives you and your family some ideas on how to do that.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your CCA family!

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The Christmas Story: Luke 2: 1-20

In those days, Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Local Christmas Church Services

  • First Baptist Church is having a Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. This service is in person, and streamed on their website,, and on their Facebook page.

  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 1267 E Hwy 7, Clinton, MO 64735, has a candlelight service at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and a 9 a.m. service on Christmas Day.

  • Allen Street Baptist Church, 210 W Allen St, Clinton, MO 64735, has a candlelight service on Christmas Eve at 5:30 PM and 11:30 PM. This is their 25th annual candlelight service.

  • Northeast Baptist Church, 619 E Lincoln St, Clinton, MO 64735, is having a candlelight service on Christmas Eve at 6 PM.

K4-2nd Christmas Program

If you were unable to attend the K4, K5, 1st and 2nd Grade Christmas program that was held last night, December 16th, in the CCA gym, you can watch it on our CCA Facebook page. Students did a great job! A special thank you goes out to the teachers of CCA for helping with scripture readings, to the 3rd grade parents for helping their students learn and run lines at home, and to Mrs. Hyke for helping with sound and visuals. --Merry Christmas!
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Holiday Light Displays

    Lights of Joy Christmas Drive-Thru
      • Open through January 2nd

      • It is open 5-11pm every night

      • 700 Expressway Lane Branson, Mo 65616

    Christmas in the Park at Farrington Park
      • Open through December 26th

      • It is open 5:30-9pm every night

      • 116 S County Line Rd, Windsor, MO 65360

    Liberty Light Show
      • Open from December 13th-23rd

      • It is open 6-11pm every night

      • Pleasant Valley Baptist Church1600 N Route 291, Liberty, MO 64068

    Country Club Plaza
      • Open through January 9

      • It is open 5pm-3am

      • 4706 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64112

    Holiday Light and Magic
      • Open through January 2

      • 600 N 126th St, Bonner Springs, KS 66012

    Festival of Lights
    • Open through December 30
    • It is open 4-10pm
    • 1609 NW US Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO 64061
    Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane
    • Open through January 7
    • It is open 5-11pm

    • 13800 Switzer Overland Park, KS 66221

    Let There Be Lights
      • Open through December 31

      • It is open 5-11pm

      • 2751 Shepherd of the Hills Expy, Branson, MO 65616

    Winter Magic
      • Open through January 2

      • It is open 6-9pm

      • 8400 Blue River Rd., Kansas City, MO

    Christmas in the Park
      • Open through December 31

      • It is open Sun-Thurs 5:30 -10 pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-11 pm

      • 3901 SW Longview Park Drive, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

    Sar-Ko-Aglow lights
      • Open through January 17

      • It is open 6-11pm

      • Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway & Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66215

    Publication's Class Christmas Trees

    Last Minute Shopping in Clinton

    Around Christmas time, procrastination is common. Some on your list might not need anything or be hard to buy for, and others might just need a little something extra special. Clinton has some great shops available if you are needing a last minute gift…

    Crave Boutique
      • 411 Kansas Ave, Clinton, MO 64735, (660)-223-2420

    The Bluebird Mercantile
      • 104 S Main St, Clinton, MO 64735, (660)-383-1818

    Simple Pleasures
      • 107 S Washington St, Clinton, MO 64735, (660)-383-1810

    Green Street Market
      • 112 E Green St, Clinton, MO 64735, (660)-885-3441

    Bread of Life Books & Gifts
      • 130 S Main St, Clinton, MO 64735, (660)-885-2909

    Cummings Menswear
      • 111 W Franklin St, Clinton, MO 64735, (660)-885-8322

    Everharts Outdoor Supply
      • 511 Hillcrest Dr, Clinton, MO 64735, (660)-885-4436

    M. Mullis Collectible
    • 800 E Ohio St, Clinton, MO 64735, (660) 351-4298
    • 114 S Main St, Clinton, MO 64735, (660) 383-9383
    The Branding Iron
    • 102 N Main St, Clinton, MO 64735, (660) 924-8423
    • 113 W Franklin St, Clinton, MO 64735, (660) 885-2447
    Tortoise and the Hare
    • Clinton Square, (660) 890-6118

    Favorite Christmas songs of CCA music classes

    • This is Christmas- by Kutless
    • The Little Drummer Boy- by For King and Country
    • Glory-by Matt Maher
    • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day- by Casting Crowns
    • Silent Night by Listener Kids
    • Noel- by Lauren Daigle
    • Away in a Manger by The Church at Clawson Media
    • Angels We Have Heard on High by Tara Eang
    All of these songs can be found online on YouTube

    Common Christmas Traditions

    Christmas time is a time full of traditions and memories. Some common family traditions during the Holiday season are:

    Picking out new Christmas ornaments

    Advent calendar countdown & Bible readings

    Hiding a Christmas pickle in the Christmas tree

    Making homemade hot chocolate

    Going ice skating

    Driving to see neighborhood Christmas lights

    Secret Santa gift exchange

    Decorating Sugar Cookies or Gingerbread Men

    Putting together a gingerbread house

    Holiday traditions are memorable & special. If you don't have any traditions of your own, it's not too late to start one. Just pick something and start making memories with your family!

    The Magic Tree

    Did you know that Clinton has a magic tree? It is on the north side of the courthouse on the Clinton square. The Clinton Rotary Club sponsors the magic tree and it will be lit from now until New Years. Free will donations are accepted at the tree.

    Ice Skating

    If you are looking for some places to go ice skating, we’ve got you covered!

    1. Crown Center Ice Terrace, Kansas City, MO, opens at 10:00 am, closes at 9:00 pm every day except Friday and Saturday, which closes at 11:00 pm

    2. Summit Ice, Lee’s Summit, MO, Open 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm from Monday to Thursday, 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday, 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Saturday, and 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday

    3. Independence Community Ice Rink, Independence, MO, General Admission is $8, Child admission is $6, Senior (55 and older) $6, Group (20 or more) is $7, 10 Session pass is $50, and Skate Rentals are $3.

    CCA Christmas Traditions

    Three high school students were asked what their Christmas traditions are? Here are their answers. Aric, 9th grade, said that his family decorates the house and puts up Christmas decorations. They eat lasagna on Christmas. Glenn, 10th grade, said that his family decorates the house and goes to their grandparents' house to make pumpkin pie. Kade, 10th grade, says that his family gets each other a gift from Walmart and hides the gift around the house, and if they find the gift before Christmas, they get to keep the gift. He also says that his family loves making gingerbread cookies around Christmas. --Taylor

    Publication's Favorite Recipes

    Oreo Balls:

    • 38 Oreo Cookies
    • 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
    • 1 cup white chocolate or milk chocolate
    • Crushed peppermint, Oreos, or melted chocolate to decorate (optional)

    Directions: Crush Oreos in food processor or by hand. Combine crushed cookies and cream cheese and mix until combined. Roll mixture into balls and place on wax paper lined baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes. Melt the chocolate in small microwave safe bowl. remove balls from the freezer and dip into the chocolate. Drizzle chocolate on top with coatings if desired.

    Rolo Pecan Pretzels:

    • One bag of rolos
    • One bag of regular mini or square pretzels
    • One bag of whole pecans, I use unsalted, but you can use salted

    Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an ungreased baking sheet with pretzels, add an unwrapped rolo on top (you will use the whole pkg of rolos) and bake for 2 minutes (these get hot fast). Remove from oven and lightly push a pecan on top. Put in the freezer for 10 minutes, then enjoy!