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By Staff | Dec 3, 2008

The Thanksgiving holiday went by in a whirlwind. Turkey leftovers are almost gone and my traditional three days of finishing the pecan pie for breakfast every morning is over. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving and our house survived the onslaught of family, friends and pets.

However, it seems that Thanksgiving doesn’t just last one day anymore. We decided it would be a good idea to continuing our feasting and go out to dinner with friends on Saturday night and Sunday night as well. While the conversation and laughter flowed, we all gorged ourselves once again with food. It was great to get together, but I could tell by Monday morning that my pants were a little tighter. Unfortunately, I knew I could not blame it on the dryer this time–this was a clear case of overeating.

Now December is upon us and it’s time to begin thinking about the upcoming Christmas season. Our neighbor, Sue Edner, put us all to shame when she had her house beautifully decorated even before Thanksgiving. I must have missed that memo, but am working on decorating–our tree has been up for three days. No decorations; just a pine tree in our family room.

The boxes of decorations have been gathered around the base of the tree, and I was hoping that some of Santa’s elves would come in during the night and hang them. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.

As I listen to holiday music I begin to think about the excitement of Christmas; then begin to panic. Not only do I not have my decorating finished, but did not go out on Black Friday and have barely begun to do my Christmas shopping. Thanks goodness for on-line shopping, free delivery and gift receipts.

My husband thinks I over-react. After all, the only thing he has to decide is what kind of Chia Pet to buy for me this year. Again, thank goodness for gift receipts.

The Trinity Lutheran Youth Group in Hughesville is selling Christmas cookies to raise money to help out a less fortunate family in the community. Plates of cookies will feature sugar, peanut butter blossoms, chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies, plus some “bark” candy. The cost is $6 for one plate or two for $10. Orders should be placed by Dec. 7 and can be called into the church office at 584-3490. Cookies can be picked up at the church at noon on Dec. 14.

The East Lycoming Historical Museum gift shop will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 20.

The Community Theatre League in Williamsport will present “A Christmas Story” based on the holiday film, on Dec. 4, 5, 6 and 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performance will be on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Call 570-327-1720 from 11-4 p.m. for tickets and information.

The 39+ Club will meet Dec. 10 at 11:45 a.m. for a catered Christmas Dinner. Reservations must be made by Dec. 1. Call Patty Clayton at 584-3566 or Lynera Long at 546-5215.

Birthday wishes to the following: Addyson Holmes, Jeanne (Odell) Strayer, and Kendra Earnest-Dec. 1; Ronnie Dirk, Jeanne (Confer) McGregor, Pat (Reese) McKee, Sherri Snyder, Ryan Vandine and Chad Snyder-Dec. 2; Taryn Johnson, Nancy Price, Renae Younger, Gloria McCollin and my niece Jennie Ritter-Dec 3; Berny Hileman, Clyde Ludwig, Wesley Shultz and Grace Walkup-Dec. 4; Frances Sherwood and Carol Fishel-Dec. 5; David Hitesman, Beth Myers, Harland Shaner, Arissa Summel, Stanley Houseknecht, Susan Teisher, Denise Wagner, Eddie Ellis and Edward Swisher-Dec. 6; Emilie (Barto) Kuntz, Marissa Taylor, Thelma Ryder and Rick Sones-Dec. 7; John Myers, Jean booth, Greg Girven-Dec. 8; Pam Aunkst, Vernon Temple and a big Happy Birthday to my Dad, Jim Ritter-Dec. 9!

Happy anniversary to: James and Ashkei Bower, Glenn and Eldora Davis, Dick and Judy Sanders-Dec. 1; Ronnie and Debbie (Johnson) Dirk-Dec. 2; Rick and Danette Sones-Dec. 5.

Remember; take the high road because the low road’s so crowded.