Good morningDaily digest: Things to know for the day ahead, from candlelight services to Christmas dinner to a pre-New Year's Eve Bash.
Things to do
• Candlelight services, 6 and 11 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church ELCA, Parkston.
• Community Christmas Day Dinner, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Masonic Temple, Mitchell. To submit items for “Things to do,” email email@example.com or mail to The Daily Republic, 120 S. Lawler St., PO Box 1288, Mitchell, SD, 57301.
Things to remember
Pre-New Year’s Eve Bash will begin with a 7:30 p.m. social hour and a 9 p.m. show on Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Highland Conference Center, Mitchell. For information call 990-1575.
Powerball: 1-18-35-39-44; Powerball, 11. Est. jackpot, $50M.
Dakota Cash: 7-8-10-14-32. Est. jackpot, $117,000.
Hot Lotto: 3-15-19-23-39; Hot ball, 10. Est. jackpot, $8.03M.
Mega Millions: 3-18-32-41-56; Megaball, 19; Megaplier, 3. Est. jackpot, $18M.
Wild Card 2: 1-5-13-24-30; Wildcard, Jack of Diamonds. Est. jackpot, $480,000.
December in the Northern Hemisphere is the month of shortest days and longest nights. For this reason, humans on this side of the earth have for thousands of years celebrated rituals and ceremonies pertaining to the loss and return of light, both physically and spiritually, at this time of the year. These include: Solstice, Yule, Christmas, Hannukah (Festival of Lights), New Year’s and Kwanza.
This day in history
On this date in 2010 it was noted that the cost of Christmas was going to be increased because gas had reached the $3 per gallon mark, a price last reached in 2008.
There were suspicions that commodity speculators were driving the price up.