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Hard to believe but you’ve got 10 days or less to get your Christmas shopping completed.                                                                                                                   

Of course, there some of you organized folks who even know where every item is located in the pantry and what is in every box in the garage. I’m pretty sure you are in the minority though. The rest of us? We’re haggled and hurried and hunting that right gift.

Instead of darting off to another town, why not consider taking a deep breath, slowing down and enjoying some hometown Christmas shopping? It’s guaranteed a win-win situation. When you shop local, you keep that tax money you spend right here in Madison County doing good things for you.

When you shop local you’re helping your neighbors pay for their children’s soccer and baseball and piano lessons. In addition, according to an article in Independent Business, you’re keeping the lifestyle you like alive since it is locally owned businesses that link us together. One more thing, it’s the local business owners, not those from out of town, who attend the weddings, funerals and other events that mean a lot to you.

Our square has some great shopping places, but then just as many unique stores are off the square.  Check out Lace Boutique, Standley Feed, our local Madison St. Joseph Clinic and that’s just to get you started. Go enjoy Madisonville.

Congratulations to MJHS One Act Play cast and director who recently did an outstanding job at the district competition. The group brought home top honors of Best  Play, Best Actor and Best Actress. In addition to acing the competition they also received numerous Honorable Mention awards. This coming Monday evening they will hold the performance for all of us at the local MHS theatre.

This is a busy time for birthdays! Happy birthday to Dave Callaham whose birthday is Thursday, Dec. 15. Mitch Farris celebrates his birthday Friday, Dec. 16 as does Steve Andres. Right behind them Ann Standley Poe blows out her candles Saturday, Dec. 17 as does Joel Shaw and Jason Phillips.

Wade Phillips celebrates his birthday Monday, Dec. 19, along with Kelly Cole and Janie Mathis.  Cathy Closs does the same Tuesday, Dec. 20, while Charlette Barrett and Nora Pickens enjoy their special day Wednesday, Dec.  21. Winding out our birthday list is Stephanie Cole whose birthday is Thursday, Dec. 22.

Condolences to Jen Easterling on the loss of her father, William P. Harris. Mr. Harris, 82, passed away last Friday evening. He and Jen’s mom had recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Send your condolences to Jen at 2233 Hwy 90, Madisonville, Texas 77864.

Condolences to Belinda Happy Gunn-Rogers on the loss of her brother Jay Gunn.  Jay, 61, passed Saturday. Dec. 3, 2016. Memorial services will be held Dec. 17 at the Buda United Methodist Church.  

Sadly, dogs are abandoned and mistreated in our own community.  We think those things happen elsewhere but cruelty exist right here in Madisonville. The dogs that Rufus Refuge is rescuing show that.

To get them the vet care they need – and to feed and house them – comes with a cost. Of course money is tight for many during the Christmas holidays. If, though, you can lend a helping hand to Rufus Refuge (your donation is tax deductible) please send your donation to Rufus Refuge, P.O. Box 1385 Madisonville, TX 77864 or donate thru pay-pal at Rufusrefuge.org.

And finally, here’s a wonderful Christmas idea that has floated around for some time. Don’t know who the author is but they know all about having grown children. This is a refrigerator keeper.

“My kids each year ask me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I'd give them my real answer:

“What do I want for Christmas? I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around, I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help, make me feel needed. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about your job, your worries, your husband/wife, your kids, your fur babies. I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don't care. Hearing you laugh is music to me.

I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I knew how. Now, give me time to enjoy your life as it is today. Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, I really don't mind. In fact, I wouldn't want it any other way.

I want you to bring your kids around. I love it when they're here, and to be honest, sometimes I love it when they leave, too. I want to tease them, play with them, teach them, spoil them, and do the things I didn't have the time, money, or wisdom to do with you. They're my ‘do over.’ When I'm dead and gone, I want them to miss me. I want them to remember me and say, ‘Those were good times.’

I want you to spend your money making a better life for you and your family. I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Christmas, I say ‘nothing’ because you've already been giving me my gift all year. I want you.""

Enjoy these precious days before Christmas. In less than two weeks, the season will be another memory.  But for now, it’s memory-creating time.

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