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I hope everyone has time to spend with family and friends over the holidays.
I will take a few days off from writing as time is needed.
We all know someone who is facing loneliness, illness or the death of a loved one.
Somehow, this wonderful time of year can be the saddest for those folks.
Stop what you are doing and say a prayer for them.
Toys for Tots went very well Saturday, Dec. 17.
On Sunday, the church thanked Janet Elliott for her fine job of coordinating the event.
She in turn thanked everyone for their help and support.
Any extra gifts will be given with the food baskets.
It is Wednesday. Tonight, Harmony United Methodist will fill food baskets and take them to some needy families.
Pastor Terry Jeffers announced Sunday we were still in need of funds for the fresh items that had to be purchased.
Church members have been bringing in jelly, crackers, canned goods and packaged items.
Meat, milk, fresh fruits and vegetables needed to be purchased.
Donations can still be accepted to help with that cost even though the purchases were made Monday. Contact David Brinson.
Any excesses can be held over for the next drive, but we have run out of previous excesses.
As of Sunday, we still needed money to fill the baskets.
A nice lady from the YMCA approached me after class Monday.
She said she had missed the deadline for Toys for Tots and had two games to donate.
I took them straight to HUMC to put with items for the food baskets.
Monopoly and Clue are fun for all ages, whether the household has older children or not.
We will see some needy family gets the games for Christmas.
I apologize that I have forgotten the nice lady's name, but send her a big thank you.
The John and Rose Marie Pell family had their Christmas Dec. 17.
Everyone had a great time of sharing and caring. It went very well.
At my house, nothing is finished.
The Christmas cards are still in boxes layered with dust and good intentions.
Red and green plastic tubs are sitting everywhere.
The idea was to actually take the baubles, bangles and beads out of the tubs and decorate with them.
A few receptacles are open and stuff hangs out over the edges.
A table here and there is cleaned and looking Christmassy but those are rare little corners.
The tree is almost naked.
I need rock climbing gear to make it over the clutter and the dust bunnies.
A friend stopped by to drop off some goodies.
I was so embarrassed because there was nowhere to sit in the family room.
Every chair and the sofa had stuff that needed to go somewhere else.
I have no decorations that are of value to anyone but me.
But there are enough of them to decorate the White House.
Normally, every surface in the whole house gets something of celebration.
This year, it is just more of those good intentions.
The knee and other commitments put me behind schedule.
At first, I didn't panic because it was not my year to have Christmas.
Mike and Karen are doing it this year.
I will host Erin Christmas in January.
Did I really say I would also have New Year's Eve?
Yes, I said that.
Is there only one week between Christmas and New Year's? Calendar says yes.
Now, I panic.
Trimmings are not the reason for the season and I did think of skipping all the pretties this year.
The thought lasted for all of five minutes. I do love to decorate.
I just don't move as fast, or stay up as late, as I used to.
At the rate I am going, the animated Santa may pass the stuffed Easter bunny in the hallway.
Whatever Christmas trims get put up will be there until at least mid-January, when Erin has to head back to work at Disney World.
HUMC will have open communion Dec. 24, from 6-6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come by.
Happy birthday to Warren Bell and Betty Evans (Dec. 22), Amaya Jones (Dec. 24), Brad and Christ Pell and Mandy Escott (Dec. 25), Sandy Jenkins (Dec. 31). Especially happy birthday Jesus (Dec. 25).
Harmony United Methodist Church Calendar
Dec. 24 -- Open Communion, 6-6:30 p.m., and
* Dec. 25 -- Worship service, 9 a.m. I think we will have Sunday School, too.