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Christmas in Small Towns

 

Christmas in these parts is quite entertaining. Ever since the town of Edgefield has been playing Christmas music in the square I feel like Strom is putting on a show. I park my car, hear the music, glance towards the square and for just a second I feel like Strom is singing. I know better but the music plus the pose of the statue makes it seem that way. Christmas in small towns can be quite entertaining.
Holmes and Caroline’s First Christmas

Christmas in these parts is quite entertaining.  Ever since the town of Edgefield has been playing Christmas music in the square I feel like Strom is putting on a show. I park my car, hear the music, glance towards the square and for just a second I feel like Strom is singing.  I know better but the music plus the pose of the statue makes it seem that way. Christmas in small towns can be quite entertaining.
I just love the music and mood set by the sights and smells this time of year. Walking down Calhoun Street past Johnston’s Tidwell Jewelers is like starring in a Christmas movie.  If you happen to take that walk between 11 AM and 2 PM, the music from Danny’s store and smell of Riley’s fixins entertains the senses. All the towns around our area look wonderful and so festive.
Driving towards Ward, you would think that the town is a least 5 miles long judging from the lights.  I love the all of the decorations the town displays. Every celebration of the holiday season can be found somewhere on that strip of highway.  That little Santa and reindeer decoration reminds me of the scene in the movie, “The Griswall Family Christmas” when Chevy Chase kicks that plastic decoration out of frustration when his Christmas lights won’t work.  Be honest, we have all felt that way.  That decoration should remind all to stop Christmas frustration before it kicks us!
Seems like the blow-up Christmas decorations are popular.  I am partial to the globes that have snow blowing around.  I wonder if people up North buy those snow globes.  They probably buy globes with Santa wearing a swimsuit basking under a Palm Tree in South Florida. Lots of Christmas Cantatas and plays….someone mentioned attending a small, country church’s production of the story of Christ’s birth.  The Wisemen kept asking, “Where’s the baby Jesus at?”  All I could think of is Aunt Josie, the grammar teacher, would have said, “Behind the A and the T.”
On a more serious note, I was attending the Piedmont Tech Christmas gathering this past week and an English instructor, Chuck McDonnell, quoted a poem entitled, Kid Stuff by Frank Horne, This is a keeper.

Kid Stuff –December 1942

The wise guys tell me that Christmas is Kid Stuff…Maybe they’ve got something there –Two thousand years ago three wise guys chased a star across a continent  to bring frankincense and myrrh  to a kid born in a manger with an idea in his head.  And as the bombs crash all over the world today the real wise guys know that we’ve al got to go chasing stars again in the hope that we can get back some of that Kid Stuff born two thousand years ago      Frank Horne © 1951

Enjoy, Mary, Did You Know? from my Christmas CD, “The Spirit of Christmas” 

 

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