A Mercer County Christmas Songbook

As I was going through my Christmas music and I found this 32-page paper booklet, “Sing the Joys of Christmas!” published by Celina’s Daily Standard some years ago and inserted in their paper at Christmastime.

This nice booklet includes the words with piano accompaniment of many familiar Christmas hymns and songs. It is printed on newsprint and easy to carry in my purse. I have used it several times over the years.There is no date on it, so I do not know when it was printed, but you can get an idea of the time period by looking at the sponsors and advertisers listed. Some are still in the same location while others have moved. Some sponsors are no longer in business, but I remember most of them.

It was published before Bob’s Audio & Video, Shirley’s Sweets, Carter Lumber, and Bair Pharmacy closed. Rino’s was still on East Market Street and The Fountain Restaurant offered breakfast specials for $2.78.

The sponsors in the book:

Thwaits Floor Fashions, Plaza, Celina

American Shoppe, Main Street, Celina
Mercer Savings Bank, several locations
Shirley’s Sweets, Market Street, Celina
Precious Angels, U.S. 127, CelinaBright.net, Market Street, Celina
Nationwide Insurance, Beth Brandewie Weber
New Life Apostolic Church, Grand Lake Road, Celina

Beaver Chapel, Karch Road, Celina
Sigler Insurance, Rockford
Bair Pharmacy, Main Street, CelinaKetcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford

Bella’s Italian Grille, South Main, Celina
Niekamps Farm & Flea Market, U.S. 127, Celina
Judy’s House of Hair
Celina Utilities
Rino’s Auto Sales, E. Market, Celina
Ace Hardware, Plaza, Celina
Cornerstone Shop, New Bremen
Miller House, Meadowview Drive, Celina
Essentials, Market Street, Celina
Carter Lumber, State Route 703
Northwest Regional Systems, West Market, Celina
Celina First Church of God
W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Homes, Celina & Mendon
State Farm Insurance, Bob Nuding, Main Street, Celina
CCM Computers, Main Street, Celina
Cisco Funeral Home, State Route 703
Bob’s Audio & Video, U.S. 127, Celina
The Fountain Restaurant, West Market, Celina

Pro Limo, St. Marys
Lehman Funeral Home, Myers Road, Celina
Gold Star Sound, Bill & Judy Needham

Celina Animal Hospital, Havemann Road, Celina
Schlarman’s Health Center, Ft. Recovery-Minster Road
Stammen Insurance, Celina & St. Henry
Lake Contracting, Mercelina Park
The Daily Standard

There is a coloring page at the end of the booklet.

The back cover:

I will probably use this nice Christmas song book this weekend for our DAR luncheon.



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