Good Mornin’! Good Mornin’!
Ok, it’s now December. You can turn Gene up to 11.
For over a month I’ve been avoiding all things Christmas. No, not in a Scrooge type manner. I simply wanted to enjoy Halloween without Thanksgiving and then Thanksgiving without Christmas.
Everything in its own time and space.
Now, Gene can sing about Rudolph till December 31 but I usually taper him off around December 26 or 27. Gotta get into that New Year frame of mind. What the heck, though 2022? I can’t even type those correctly. My fingers still reach for 1970 something most days.
But Christmas is upon us, time to get the tree up. Yes, I know some of you put yours up on November 1st. If that was therapeutic, then more pine and fir to yah! Celebrate Jesus’ birthday in your best way. Get to a parade and see Santa and some fireworks, buy some gifts for friends and family and go “Follow the Star” in Inverness on Saturday December 11 and Sunday December 12. Tours begin at 5:00 p.m. It portrays the Christmas story for real. There won’t be any reindeer or fat boys singing about the heat of summer or any Burger Meisters complaining about toys. Just Mary and Joseph and the rest of the folks from the New Testament talking ‘bout Jesus and the events surrounding his birth.
If that doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit, then get on another tour and watch it all again. Christmas is all about celebrating Jesus and giving from the heart and not just the wallet. Look for those who come across your path and pay attention. Who needs a little help? Maybe a hug or smile or hot cup of coffee to brighten their day a bit. Giving from the heart can be just about anything you define it as. As long as it stems from coming from your heart. I’d say pray about it. God will show you the big and small gifts to give whether they cost money or time or a bit of your patience. You can be a Secret Santa or just an anonymous giver.
If you can’t think of anything off hand, Will Bradham over in Cleveland is a kind soul with several businesses from a sub shop to house cleaning to providing CNAs. Each year he does a toy drive for kids in Mound Bayou. You can take a new, unwrapped toy to his Lenny’s location or his corporate office in Cleveland. These toys go to deserving young children at St Gabriel’s in Mound Bayou who otherwise wouldn’t have gifts under the tree. To date Bradham and his crew have donated almost 2000 toys and this year he hopes to get another 300. Lenny’s is at 1307 Highway 8 West and Bradham Enterprises is at 3670 Highway 61 in Cleveland. While there, visit with some Sunflower County folks like Danny Abraham at his clothing store downtown and he’ll play you a song or two on his piano in the store. Sounds like Christmas spirit to me. Just sing it loud for all to hear.
Alrighty, Gene, turn it up!