Season's Greetings, everybody, from KBHR, the heart and soul of Cicely, Alaska. This is Chris In The Morning. From where I'm sitting, I've got a great view of all the yuletide decorations going up all over town. That's right, everywhere I turn my head I see ebony birds roosting for the holidays. You know, twinkling colored lights are nice, and so are plastic Santas and reindeers and manger scenes, but I'll tell you something, friends... nothing like the sight of beautiful black-as-pitch raven to get you in the Christmas spirit.
And from that day on, we've honored and celebrated it. It's a time of rebirth for our wishes and our dreams. A time of coming together in joy and peace. It's the shortest day of the year and the longest night. But on this special night a new light, a new chance, is born to us all. So it's a time for miracles and goodwill towards all living creatures. That's why the Winter's Solstice means so much and touches us all so deeply.
Are you happy with the corns I strung for you? –Lisa, you're supposed to take the kernals off the cob and string them. –Well, don't blame me. I never did it before. In the old country, we used to string caviar. –Caviar? –We'd have caviar on one string and crackers on the other. –Oh, for-- –And then we'd play the Hungarian Christmas game called 'Smear the crackers with caviar.'
I understand the suicide rate goes up dramatically around Christmastime. –Yeah, well, you know, it's a stressful time of the year for most people, Maurice. –Yeah. The thing is, you go through the rest of the year fine. You've got your friends, you've got your business, you're part of the community. And then, 'round the middle of December, if you're alone, you start to feel like an outsider.