The streets at night are looking beautiful as Christmas decorations are appearing everywhere. My neighbor is indeed hard at work building a Christmas masterpiece. Thank you again to all who take the time to brighten everybody's day with the wonderful displays.

With Christmas only a week away there is a lot of Christmas shopping going on frantically. Don't forget that we have our own wonderful stores as well as great restaurants with gift certificates. Let's try to shop locally and keep the funds in our community.

Last week I mentioned having a family tradition to create memories. A lot of us can remember as kids those magical nights when our beloved Christmas cartoons would be on such as Peanuts, Mr. Magoo, The Grinch, Rudolph and others. If you missed it that was it for the whole year; I really miss the magic of that one night every year - it made those shows such a family event. Try it just designate one or two nights to special family Holiday special night with all the trimmings. Not really that hard and promises to be a great time for the whole family.

As I had said, my tradition is to read Dickens' A Christmas Carol every year. On that same idea there are many great books to enjoy during the season. Dickens has four other great stories in his Christmas series including A Cricket on the Hearth; Debbie Macomber has a wonderful Mrs. Miracle book series that have also been made into movies. Henry van Dyke has a great book entitled The Story of the Other Wise Man. David Balducci has The Christmas Train. Even Mary Higgins Clark with her daughter has a Holiday Mystery series. There are also plenty of great children's books as well. Robert Mays Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Thomas Kinkade has a great series of Christmas Carols brought to life with his amazing paintings. These and so many more great books, and with the great library that we have there is no need to spend any money on them. Enjoy these timeless classics.

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