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Knee Deep Into The Holidays

November 18, 2013 - Jane Whitmore
It doesn’t seem possible that we are knee deep into the holiday season. A little bit of snow really brings the season into reality. We’ve had stories about the upcoming Christmas Light Parade and the Christmas Leprechauns planning to go out to spread good cheer. Our staff is working on the Holiday Gift Guide, one of my favorite projects of the year. The Gift Guide gives us the opportunity to visit a lot of Emmetsburg area businesses. It’s a business visit that also turns into a shopping visit. We learn what our local businesses have to offer, not just for the holidays but all year long. What can be more fun than shopping? Home for the Holidays doesn’t happen overnight. Emmetsburg Retail Association members are planning for this November event with sweat on their brows in the summer. Last year the Christmas Light Parade was a highlight of the season. A bunch of folks took the time to create really fun floats. I remember Snoopy on one of the floats, and Ralphie on another. Who could forget the lighted tractor going down the parade route? The crowd was wonderful as they viewed this fun parade. We are hoping for more great floats and lots of people again this year as we kick off the Christmas season. Breakfast With Santa is our special project. We team up with Amy and Nick at Pizza Ranch to put this project together. The Fire Department brings Santa to the front door and the kids squeal with delight. Children of predictable ages are shy of the jolly man with the big white beard. Others cozy up and tell Santa just about everything. Kids say the darndest things! Last year the McNally/Huberty cousins made the morning memorable. The group of kids played with the toys Santa gave them and laughed and talked most of the morning. We look forward to another great crowd again this year on Saturday morning after Thanksgiving. There will be coffee for mom and dad and grandparents while the little ones color Christmas pictures. Gosh -- this all begins with Thanksgiving. And that’s only two weeks away! We have a rule at our house: No personal shopping after Thanksgiving. That means, only necessities. If you buy what you want, what’s left to give you as a Christmas gift? Good rule? Two last thoughts: Have you started writing your letter to Santa? Has anybody started Christmas baking yet? It’s time to wade right in to holiday mode.


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