One of the things I like most about this time of year is receiving (and sending) Christmas cards. I love getting cards from nephew Tom, cousin Lois, childhood friend Elsie, and friends we seldom hear from any more. I even like those long, photocopied letters with every detail of the writer's life over the past year. The best ones of all, are the cards with photos in them -- not as numerous as years ago -- of course it is much easier just to e-mail pictures nowadays. It warms my heart to find "real" mail in the box instead of solicitations for digital TV, credit cards and all the other junk mail.
You can tell a lot about a person from the kind of card he or she sends. I can count on animal lovers' cards to picture dogs, cats, horses or even wolves and polar bears. People with a great sense of humor tend to send funny cards; bird watchers will choose birds, either life-like or whimsical; devout churchgoers prefer religious scenes and text. Some cards support causes, others are reproductions of great art. It is amazing how many different cards there are and how seldom one receives two of the same kind. I hope the tradition of Christmas cards never goes out of style.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
White Elephant Bingo will be played in the Senior Center dining room beginning at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19. Following Bingo, the Frontier School kindergarten class will serenade the seniors with holiday music. Both members and nonmembers of the center are welcome to attend.
The Birthday Bash for members having December birthdays is also Dec. 19. Menu for lunch is pot roast and vegetables, biscuit, birthday cake and beverage. Please sign up for lunch at least 24 hours in advance and if your birthday is this month, put your name in the Birthday Barrel to be eligible for a gift drawing.
The Senior Center Christmas Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. A buffet luncheon will be served and there will be music and entertainment. Cost of the luncheon is $3 for seniors over 60, $5 for those under 60. This event is open to the public; you do not need to be a member of the center to attend. Reservations are required and should be made 24 hours in advance. Call (928) 474-4876 for information or reservations.
The Senior Center will be closed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25 for Christmas, open New Year's Eve, Dec. 31 and closed Jan. 1 for New Year's Day.
Can't find just the right gift for that hard-to-buy-for person? The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., has gift certificates in several denominations. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Beginning Dec. 26, clothing marked with blue tags will be on sale for 25 cents a garment; yellow-tagged clothing is 50 percent off marked price, and green-tagged garments are 25 percent off the marked price.
The Thrift Store will be closed Dec. 23 through Dec. 25 for Christmas, and Jan. 1, 2008 for New Year's Day.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
A Circle of Friends Celebration is planned from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Mazatzal Casino. There will a buffet, DJ, live music, dancing, raffles, games, a silent auction and more. The casino will provide free shuttle service to those needing transportation. Call (928) 474-6044 to make a shuttle reservation. Tickets are $15 per person, by advance purchase only until Jan. 5, 2008, and space is limited. For reservations, call (928) 472-9290 or visit the Senior Circle at 215 N. Beeline Highway.
The Senior Circle will be closed Dec. 21 through Jan. 1 for the holidays. A schedule of new events and services will be available beginning Jan. 2, 2008 at the Circle building.
Library Friends of Payson
There will be no Library Friends meeting in December. The next meeting will be at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 14 in the library meeting room, 328 N. McLane Road. A representative from the Arizona Attorney General's Office will speak about identity theft. Following the meeting there will be a potluck luncheon.
The LFOP Board of Directors is increasing its monthly allotment to the library from $1,000 to $2,000 for new books.
My heartfelt wishes to all of you for a joyous and blessed Christmas and a New Year.