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Our Opinion: Too cold to enjoy Christmas?
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Cold enough for ya? Not to burst your bubble, but it could be worse —East Antarctica has bragging rights for coldest weather ever recorded on Earth, based on new data for measuring temperatures.


NASA satellite data revealed that on July 31 the temperature there hit minus 135.3 degrees, just half a degree off the record set in 2010.

Kinda puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

Don’t let the cold weather stop you from getting out and enjoying all the Christmas activities.

At 3 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Holmes Theatre there’s a Christmas concert by Kathryn and Andy Karg; featuring Kathryn on piano and Andy on guitar and vocals by both.

Kathryn (Knuttila) Karg is a DL native and was Miss Minnesota in 2010.  Andy was born and raised in Nashville.  Their concert will feature original and classic Christmas songs.

At 4:30 p.m. today (Sunday) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends at the 11th annual Candles & Carols.

Sing carols and hear the Christmas stories from readers of all ages as they tell the story of the Nativity, then enjoy a Christmas turkey dinner served buffet style.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will steam into Detroit Lakes at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Holmes Street crossing.

There will be musical entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus, and it’s for a good cause — to help the Becker County Food Pantry. Donations of food and money are welcome. After all, this is the time of year to think about those less fortunate, and there are a lot of hungry families out there.

In what is becoming an annual tradition, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the Holmes Theatre will welcome back Rock ‘n Roll Christmas Spectacular.

Cold weather got you feeling like the Grinch? This all-star cast of musicians puts on a high-energy, multimedia, full-production show that mixes an eight-piece band with music, comedy and parodies.

At 10 a.m. next Saturday, a free kids movie, “The Grinch” with Jim Carey, will be shown at the movie theater at the Washington Square Mall. Admittance is free with an item for the Becker County Food Pantry.

At noon that day, free sleigh rides will be offered every 15 or 20 minutes at the west entrance to the mall, courtesy of the sponsors of the 2013 Light Up the Lakes Campaign and the DL Chamber of Commerce.

Also from noon to 4 p.m. at the mall that day, families and kids can have their picture taken with Santa Claus.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. that day Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at The Depot. Bring your camera and take pictures.

So don’t let the cold weather put your Christmas fun in the deep freeze: There are potlucks, church services, parties and family gatherings to attend — and maybe this is the year to drop in with a simple gift for shut-ins or nursing home patients who could use a holiday visit.

And don’t neglect local merchants when you’re shopping for that perfect gift: They’re the heart and soul of the community, and are asked to give year-round. This is a great time to pay them back for all they do.