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Christmas is a comin’

Now that it’s November, I can start making my Christmas list.

I always wait until at least one store I frequent starts putting out Christmas stuff before I start making my list.

That’s the key: Wait for the Christmas stuff. It’s kind of hard to get in the good ole holiday spirit when you walk into a store and see flip-flops on sale for $2.99 a pair. Unless you’re planning on spending Christmas at the beach. And there’s nothing wrong with that other than it seems so abnormal if you live in a location that has season changes, like Tennessee (sometimes). And then being at the beach at Christmas is just strange and you know as a kid I always thought if I wasn’t home, where I lived all the time, and I was staying at my grandparents’ house or something, would Santa know to bring my presents to where I was staying or would some other kid get them and would I still think that if I bought the $2.99 flip-flops and stayed at the beach at Christmas?

You know what I mean?

Anyway, the problem with waiting for a store to put out Christmas stuff before even thinking about putting together your Christmas list is all the COVID-19 in the air because I don’t go to stores as often as I used to. So I don’t really know if they are putting out Christmas stuff and what if I take a chance to go to a store to find out and all they have are the $2.99 flip-flops and a bunch of COVID-19 in the air and what if I forget to take my “cloth facial covering” and I get a bunch of COVID-19?

Huh? What then?

It’s a scary world right now.

But no worries, because I went to the grocery store just the other day to buy dog food (because that’s what my dogs eat) and I saw a woman putting up Santas and snowmen and stuff on one of the shelves and I thought to myself, “Now I can make my Christmas list.” And I also saw Christmas trees (the fake ones, not the real ones) at a hardware store because I had to get some hard ware type stuff and I went to both stores on the same day because I had my “cloth facial covering” with me.

Pretty handy, right?

So I started my Christmas list and right away I had problems because I want that movie with that movie star and I can’t think of the name of it, or the name of the movie star who’s in it but I know I like it because it’s that one about the stuff happening somewhere and it’s pretty funny and I saw it once and I said to myself at that time, “Man, I’d like to have that movie” except I can’t think of the name of it or of the movie star who is in it and so I just kinda left a blank at the top of my list.

But then I added a bunch of music so my list doesn’t look so empty. Pretty clever, right?

But not Christmas music, although it’s on my Christmas list, but other music and books, too, because I like to read.

A lot.

And with everything going on right now in this crazy old world, I think it’s pretty grand to have something to look forward to and I might have bought a pair of $2.99 flip-flops just for the heck of it if they had still been on display — and they weren’t — and making a Christmas list is one way of sorta escaping the everyday worries of everyday living, right? So I was happy to see the Santas and snowmen and the Christmas trees (even though they were the fake ones and not the real ones).

I mean, I figure the election will be over and we just have get through the whole “where are you going to have your Thanksgiving meal” thing and then it will be Christmas and it’s never too early to start your Christmas list as long as you wait until at least one store starts putting out Christmas stuff and you really should wear a cloth facial covering when you go to check that out because of the COVID-19 hanging around out there and won’t Christmas be grand this year.

I know I’m excited. Even if it is a scary world right now. If I could just remember the name of that movie.

Oh, Christmas is a comin’ and the geese are getting overweight …