Sunrise and Sunset Times
Date Sunrise Sunset
December 24 8:32 a.m. 4:52 p.m.
December 25 8:32 a.m. 4:53 p.m.
December 26 8:33 a.m. 4:53 p.m.
December 27 8:33 a.m. 4:54 p.m.
December 28 8:33 a.m. 4:55 p.m.
December 29 8:33 a.m. 4:56 p.m.
December 30 8:33 a.m. 4:57 p.m.
Simons Weekly Weather Update
Issued Sunday December 20, 2020 – 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday Dec. 21, Snow likely in the morning then variable clouds with a chance of snow showers in the afternoon, mainly across the higher elevations. Accumulations of 1 to 2 inches possible below 4000 feet with 2 to 4 inches possible above 4000 feet. Cooler with highs in the 30s with lower 20s around 5000 feet. West to southwest winds 5 to 15 mph in the morning becoming light westerly in the afternoon. Ridge top winds west 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday and Christmas Eve Dec. 23-23, Areas of freezing fog and low clouds in the valleys otherwise mostly sunny days and fair skies at night. Lows in the mid single digits to mid teens. Highs in the mid 20s to mid 30s. Around 5000 feet lows in the upper teens Wednesday morning warming to the lower 20s Thursday morning. Highs in the lower 20s Wednesday warming to the upper 20s Thursday.
Christmas Day Dec. 24 Areas of freezing fog and low clouds in the valleys otherwise increasing clouds with a slight chance of snow in the evening. Lows in the mid single digits to mid teens with mid 20s around 5000 feet. Highs in the upper 20s to mid 30s with upper 20s around 5000 feet.
Saturday and Sunday Dec. 25-26, Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Lows in the upper teens to mid 20s with lower 20s around 5000 feet. Highs in the upper 20s to mid 30s with mid 20s around 5000 feet.
For the most up to date information visit https://www.simonsweather.org/forecast
This week there are 112 jobs open and they all can be found on https://montanaworks.gov/ or on the board in the foyer at the Job Service, 417 Mineral Ave, Suite 4, Call 293-6282 or email LibbyJSC@mt.gov. and don’t forget to check out Job Service Libby Facebook page.
Log home construction on-site / FT / $15
Log Pressure washer/Peeler of Logs / 40+ per week / $12
Dialysis Patient Care Technician
Counter Person/Cashier/Server /PT / $8.65
Cook/Fast Food / PT / $8.65
Cook / FT
Patient Account Representative / FT / $12.04
Surgery-RN- Surgical Services / PT
Plumber / FT
Counter Parts/Inventory Person / FT / $12-$16
Cook / 40 hrs per week
In the response to the rise in COVID-19 cases, our operations have changed.
Job Service Libby now requires all communications be handled by email LibbyJSC@mt.gov or phone 406-293-6282. Are you Unemployed or Underemployed? Stop by the Job Service and look for the Career Exploration Assessment in the kiosk by the door. Fill out and return to Job Service a Career Coach will contact you.
Ten fun and interesting Christmas facts
1.Christmas has been celebrated for over 2,000 years to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. However, long before Jesus was born, the middle of winter has traditionally been a time for celebration.
- In the United States, Christmas has been a recognized holiday since 1870. An estimated 2.1 billion people around the world celebrate the holiday in some way.
- Christmas is a huge holiday in the UK, Europe and the US, and it is also celebrated around the world in countries such as Brazil, China, India and Nigeria.
Christmas puddings originated in old England, when hunters carried the filling mixture on long journeys. In the 1700s the rich cake was only eaten on special occasions. Over time it became a Christmas food.
- The first Christmas card was printed in London in 1843, although medieval wood prints with seasonal themes were produced in the Middle Ages. Nearly 2 billion cards are sent in the UK each year.
- Father Christmas is based on St. Nicholas, a 4th century Turkish monk who gave gifts to the poor. In the mid 19th century, a magazine published pictures of him wearing a red and white robe, and with a white beard.
- Christmas was banned in mid-17th century England, by Oliver Cromwell. It was also banned in Boston by early colonists, with anyone celebrating being fined 5 shillings.
- Norway has given Britain the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square every year since 1947 as a gift for the help received from Britain during World War 2. The tree can be 20 meters tall.
- In old England, a pig’s head with mustard was the traditional Christmas meal.
- The custom of putting coins in Christmas pudding originally represented the Wise Men’s 3 gifts.
10.The idea of Christmas stockings comes from the story of St. Nicholas filling old socks with gold for three poor sisters. One of the largest stockings was made in London in 2007 – it was 32 meters long!
Courtesy of TenFactsAbout.com
Christmas Movies to watch with your
family for the Holidays
- Elf, This hilarious film starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, never gets old. I still laugh just as hard at all of the top funny moments. Elf is the best way to begin the Holiday season and get in the Christmas Spirit. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas, This touching Christmas classic starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch, plays multiple times on ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. The Grinch desperately tries to ruin Christmas for the citizens of Whoville, but Cindy Lou Who teaches him how to love the Whos and Christmas again. There is also a cartoon version of Dr. Suess’ beloved tale.
- Frosty the Snowman, This movie tells the story of the jolly snowman from the very popular Christmas song..
Courtesy of Cosmopolitan.com
Fun Christmas Jokes to share with your family
- What do reindeers say before they tell you a joke? This one’s gonna sleigh you!
- Why don’t you ever see Santa in the hospital? Because he has private elf care!
- What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet? The Christmas alphabet has No-el.es
- What do you call an elf that can sing and dance? Elfis.
- Where does Santa keep all his money? At the local snow bank.
- What do you call a broke Santa? Saint Nickel-less
A Christmas Invitation by Holly Clark
This is a historical event. Hundreds of prophecies are coming together tonight like never before. Do some due diligence yourself. It’s in the Torah or you might refer to it as the Old Testament. This definitely marks the beginning of a
New Covenant between God and mankind. Believe it or not, this baby is to save the whole world. We don’t know too much about Mary or Joseph except that there’s a presence glowing from the stable especially around the baby and when you look at the child you want to give your heart away. It’s the most joyful experience ever felt. It’s like liquid love pouring all over you and filling you up on the inside. There are three guests who have already R.S.V.P. They traveled from far away. Their names are Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar. They came prepared with some ‘spendy’ gifts and they are all dressed up. But even if you don’t know them, please come just as you are. The guest of honor will be wearing, well, swaddling clothes.
There won’t be any offering but don’t be surprised if you wind up giving your heart away. One look will be all it takes and you’ll feel ‘woozy’, maybe you’ll hear someone laugh or giggle or cry. Everyone reacts differently. There will be no refreshments. Trust me you won’t want or need cookies. There will, however, be music. The cows will be lowing and the baby might cry. But for the most part, this will be a silent and holy night to remember. Come expecting an exchange of His Presence. It’s love like you’ve never experienced before that gets inside of you. Please remember to turn your cell phones off. No COVID masks are required and if you touch the Christ child, you just may receive a healing. Please don’t invite Herod. We’ve heard he’s a bit jealous and might do terrible things. If you see angels on the way coming or leaving we believe every last one from heaven has arrived so don’t be afraid they won’t hurt you. They may even help you find your way home.
Submitted by Holly Clark
Christmas Angels By Brian Baxter
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines annunciation as the act of announcing, and secondly mentions March 25 observed as a church festival commemorating the announcement of the Incarnation. In the Bible, the annunciation is narrated in Luke 1:26-38. In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s (Mary’s cousin) pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, greetings, you who are highly favored. The Lord is with you. Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
But the angel said to her, do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the son of the most high. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacobs descendants forever; his kingdom will never end. How will this be, Mary asked the angel, since I am a virgin. The angel answered, the Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the most high will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the son of God. I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered. May your word to me be fulfilled. Then the angel left her.
In a short summary by whychristmas.com, they summarize writings of Luke 2:8-20. There were shepherds, in the same country staying in the fields, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And look, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. The angel said to them, do not be afraid, for see, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people. For there is born to you, this day, in the city of David, a savior, who is Messiah, the Lord. This is a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough.
Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards humankind. And it happened that when the angels went away from them into the sky, the shepherds said one to another, let us go to Bethlehem, now, and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us. They came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby was lying in the feeding trough. When they saw it, they made known the saying which was spoken to them about this child. All who heard it wondered at the things which were spoken to them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these sayings, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, just as it was told to them. Luke 2:8-20. Many people believe angels come to them in times of trouble and guide them through difficulties both great and small.
Submitted by Brian Baxter, The Montanian
Movie of the week
A old woodcarver Geppetto fashions a wooden puppet, Pinocchio, who magically comes to life. Pinocchio longs for adventure and is easily led astray, encountering magical beasts, fantastical spectacles, while making friends and foes along his journey.