It’s not Christmas without a tree. But it wasn’t always that way. Early European pagans would use evergreen branches to brighten up their homes during dreary winter months. The tradition of having a tree in the home is somewhat new. Germany developed the Christmas tree tradition during the 16th century. It’s said that a German theologian and religious reformer walking home on a winter night was inspired by the beauty of stars twinkling through evergreen tree branches. He recreated the optimism he felt by erecting a tree with candles in his family’s living room. Though it took a while for Christian Americans to forget about how the tradition began with non-Christian pagans, the Christmas tree trend finally became widely accepted in this country by the early 20th century.
Wishing you a warm, flower-brightened Christmas Day with family and friends… …and the promise of good things to come in 2021.
Here’s to a happy and bountiful new year in the garden. May you have plenty of beckoning flowers and glowing foliage, enough rainwater to quench the garden’s thirst, sunny days to lift your spirit and a special spot to sit and enjoy this beautiful world.


Spring Bulb Fundraiser

Spread the word! Soroptimist International Oakmont Wine Country will be selling
Dutch Mill Bulbs for Mother’s Day for this year’s Spring Fundraiser.

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Selected Donations Welcome

The Library is Open!Monday-Friday 10-3 The library welcomes you back. Only 5 in the library at a time, maintain social distancing, masks required. You are

T.E.C. Kick-Off Wine Tasting Event

The Oakmont Tasting Events Club held its inaugural wine tasting with two French selections; a Chateau Magnan-Gigeac Grand Cru St. Emilion and a Forian Mollet

Money for Nothing

John Brodey Here we go again. Maybe it is the tax season that makes it seem as though I’m preoccupied with money. But in my