’Tis the season to deck the halls, and all around town streets and stores and yards and lawns are blooming with holiday decorations, making the winter darkness bright.
When I was a child, there were no lavish Christmas displays in my small hometown. Most homes had Christmas trees, but they weren’t bought from lots — folks just went out into the woods and cut one down. In those days, the forests were endless and a tree here and there was not missed. Nor were our trees elaborately trimmed. A string or two of cumbersome glass lights, a few treasured family ornaments, homemade paper link chains and tinsel were about all we had, but in our eyes that tree was as beautiful as today’s ornate displays.
Gifts were handmade more often than not. I remember the year my sister taught me how to crochet potholders and I made two for Mother’s Christmas present. They were carefully wrapped and hidden in a bookcase, but in the pre-Christmas excitement, I forgot to take them along when the whole family gathered at my grandparents’ house for Christmas Eve dinner and exchanged presents. I was heartbroken when I remembered, but all was well Christmas morning when Mother made a big thing of receiving her new potholders and said they were more special for getting them then.
Senior Center and Thrift Store
First-grade students from Frontier Elementary School will sing Christmas carols at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street, at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17. This is also the day of the monthly Birthday Bash. The lunch menu will be beef fajitas on wheat tortillas, ranch beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, corn, birthday cake and beverage. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 474-4876.
There will be a holiday dinner at noon in the Center Dining Room, Tuesday, Dec. 23 with entertainment and a visit from Santa. The meal will include turkey with all the trimmings, vegetables, bread, dessert and beverage.
Toni Fahey will speak on Interesting Occupations at 11:40 a.m., Monday, Dec. 29.
A formal New Year’s Party is planned for noon, Wednesday, Dec. 31 in the Center Dining Room. A jazz band will entertain diners. Advance reservations are required.
All remaining Christmas merchandise at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will be half price beginning Dec. 22. On Dec. 29, men’s and women’s clothing with yellow tags will be 25 cents per garment; green tags will indicate the item is 50 percent off the marked price; and goods with orange tags will be discounted 25 percent.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
The Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, will observe its 10th year in Payson in 2009. Special events will take place each month to celebrate the anniversary, and a party is being planned for April. For a schedule of current and future activities, stop by the Circle office weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
If you are having trouble finding just the right gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list, check out the unique and appealing offerings in The Circle Shoppe, located inside the Circle Building. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon, Fridays.
May your holidays be blessed and joyous.