Earliest Known Christmas Card Dates Back To 1843

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December — the month of short days when the sun lies abed late in the morning and hastens back to sleep before the 6 o’clock news.

No wonder we deck the halls and string lights around our shrubs and bushes. Oh, those lights — you know they were working when you put them away last year, so why aren’t they lighting up now? Some mischievous gremlin must have got into the box and loosened all the bulbs! And where are the Christmas cards and wrapping paper you bought at last year’s post-holiday sales?

The earliest known Christmas card was designed in 1843 by artist John Calcott Horsley in England. The first Christmas stamp was issued in 1962 and cost 4 cents. Today, many holiday greetings are sent via computer. I still prefer getting mine in the mailbox.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Students from Frontier Elementary School will serenade seniors beginning at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. Non-members also are welcome to attend.

For the first time, the Senior Center will be open during the Electric Light Parade Saturday, Dec. 5. There will be hot drinks and chili and hot dogs will be available at $1 per serving. The Center also will have a float in the parade featuring the Senior Express.

CASA will hold a children’s Christmas party at the Center Friday, Dec. 11 at the Center. For information, call (928) 474-4876.

Registration is open for seniors’ free legal assistance to be offered beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 by the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens. Advance appointments are required.

Welcome back to Marjorie Morrison, manager of the Senior Thrift Store, following recent surgery. Marjorie is our volunteer of the month for December.

Happy Holidays is the theme for the Thrift Store’s First Friday on Main Street activities. There will be live entertainment, refreshments, hourly door prizes and a 10 percent discount on purchases from $1 to $100 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a sale on men’s and women’s clothing this month. Garments with blue tags will be 25 cents each, yellow tags, 50 percent off and green tags, 25 percent off marked prices. Gift certificates in denominations from $5 to $25 are available. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

Payson Regional Senior Circle 

There will be an AARP Driver Safety Class from noon to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Donations of small loaves of bread and cookies in bags of six or 12 are now being accepted for the Bake Sale and Craft Fair to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18 in the Circle building. Pies and cakes will be accepted a day or two before the event. Bags and disposable pans will be provided to bakers who need them. Volunteers also are needed to help out at the sale. Call the above number for information. 

Tai Chi is offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. each Monday at the Senior Circle. This gentle form of exercise improves balance, range of motion and mental tranquility.

The Senior Circle will be closed from Dec. 22 until Jan. 4 for Christmas and New Year’s.

New art class forming

If you would like to broaden your interests and express your creativity in the new year, you might want to enroll in an art class to be held Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Elissa Aleshire will teach folk art using materials such as popsicle sticks, wire, bottle caps, old jewelry or virtually anything. No previous experience is required. For information, e-mail her at elissaaleshire@hughes.net.

Think about it: Remember when semiconductors were part time orchestra leaders and microchips were very small snacks?

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