Just Write: Holidays are just about in full swing
By Bobby Cherry
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas …
Trick-or-treaters still were walking the streets last Thursday as I was scrambling to pull down any signs of Halloween.
Jack-o'-lanterns and other orange and black paraphernalia were stuffed away with battery-operated vampires and lighted bats. Some Christmas decor found its way to walls and shelves that same night.
I was over Halloween long before most kids knew which superheroes, villains or princesses they would be parading around as.
While most folks in stores rummaged through costumes, candy and spooky decor leading up to Halloween, I was one of a few brave souls taking a glimpse at the Christmas decorations that had been relegated to the back corner as if it were the Island of Misfit Toys.
But I didn't mind.
B.E. Taylor, the Carpenters and Celtic Thunder have been pumping my car full of Christmas tunes since mid-October. I've been — just as Santa does — making my list and checking it twice.
I'm always ready for the holiday season. But the holidays aren't just about seeing the old Horne's tree and the Macy's windows near Kaufmann's Clock.
The holidays are a time to celebrate family and friends and to be thankful for the chance to make more memories with those we love. And it's a time to remember those no longer with us. It's an important belief I try to carry all year and hope others do as well.
Some folks are quick to shove the holidays into a corner and fear the stresses of gift buying and giving, cooking and all sorts of other issues.
But it really isn't about all of that.
Besides, a little planning and a lot of fun really can make this the most wonderful time of the year.
Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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