North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


October 22, 2008

Take time to enjoy the holidays

Mt. Olive Seniors by Dixie Kuykendall

The North Jefferson News

I am one of the biggest Christmas fanatics that I know — I love Christmas.

I deck every hall and every nook and cranny in our house. I love all Christmas music (except “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”). I Christmas shop year round.

But, don’t you think that commercial Christmas has taken a life of its own? Come on! Christmas before you finish carving the pumpkin?

It seems as though every year it gets here a little earlier. While looking at Halloween costumes with my grandchildren on one isle in Wal-Mart, there was Christmas music and Santa items on the next isle. Since Wal-Mart and I have a co-dependent relationship, I can look past their shortcomings. But, it is everywhere.

The struggling economy might have something to do with this marketing madness as retailers are anticipating a soft Christmas spending season. They hope to cash in earlier, I suppose.

However, I also like Halloween and pumpkins and trick or treat and I also love Thanksgiving and fall leaves and turkey and dressing.

Let’s not take our cue from the mad retailers. While every day is a day of Thanksgiving, our annual observance of Thanksgiving Day is a special reminder to us of the manifold blessing of God.

Slow down, count your blessings, buy trick-or-treat candy and enjoy the little goblins that come to your door. Then, get out the good china and enjoy family around a bountiful table while you give thanks. After the dishes are put away and sandwiches are made from left over turkey, relax. Then, start pulling out your Christmas decorations and enjoy. Let’s slow down and enjoy life!

Community center happenings

October has been a busy month at the Mt. Olive Community Center.

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