CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY:
Hello and welcome to Christmas in the Country. I'm Clinton Griffiths. And I’m Tyne Morgan. Over the next half hour, we'll bring you stories of the season. Some will entertain, others will enlighten and they will all give you reason to celebrate.
CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE:
Fresh from a forest of Colorado, the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree now stands as a beacon of the holiday. The seventy foot tall Engelmann spruce was specially selected from the white river national forest near meeker, Colorado. It’s quite an honor to be selected to harvest the tree. Anne Herbt from the Denver Post has our story. Since the 1960's, a Christmas tree has been placed in front of the capitol building. The source of the tree is rotated from state-to-state. Next year, the tree will come from the Colville National Forest in Washington.
Clinton, I don't know about you, but some of my favorite memories as a child are listening to family stories and partaking in traditions passed down through generations. I think that's why I enjoy a man you're about to meet so much. It’s not only his stories that will leave a lasting impression, but the meaning behind everything he does. And it's all for one holiday. We take you to Ohio to meet 'Mr. Christmas.'
UT CHRISTMAS TOYS:
Toys are what most children want for Christmas, but some kids may not receive presents because their families are going through tough times. 4H'ers in one Tennessee community are working to see that those children get something under the tree this year. Chuck Denney has our story of giving.
Tyne do you have all of your Christmas lights up? Blah blah blah me too.
Sure, but then we don't have four million lights, like at the historic Clifton Mill in Ohio. It is one of the largest water powered grist mills still in existence. The mill represents the rich, local ag, heritage, but at Christmas time - it's an explosion of color. Joe Camoriano brings us the legendary lights of the season.
It's Christmas year round for an Iowa man who owns one of the largest farm toy stores in the country. From boys to grown men he can make their wish list come true from the shelves and shelves of farm toys in his store. Michelle Rook has his story.
OKLAHOMA HORSE THERAPY:
Gifts come in many forms. For some, it's a package under a tree wrapped in shiny paper and a bow. But for children with special needs - the gift comes in the form of caring volunteers who help those kids achieve milestones one step - or in this case - one trot - at a time. Lyndall Stout from Oklahoma State’s Sun-Up has more on this everlasting gift.
JOHN’S HOLIDAY MESSAGE:
With relentless media coverage of global conflicts, 'peace on earth' often seems un-attainable. But in the spirit of this season, John Phipps encourages all of us to keep hope alive.