December 6, 2001
by Chris Feeney
What if the Grinch came to Memphis? Apparently the old Christmas stealing monster of Dr. Suess has not made it to northeast Missouri. While it may be too early to tell by looking under the Christmas tree for gifts, I would say by all the holiday decorations around town that it is a safe bet he won't venture to Memphis. I hear wreaths, garland and Christmas lights work on the Grinch sort of like garlic does on a vampire. If that's the case I would say we are as safe as possible.
It's funny, because I never really had paid too much attention to the decorations before. Sure I noticed them, but it was not until the other night when I worked late and I was driving home well after dark that it hit me - we have a pretty festive little community. The square was packed for the Christmas opening special program and ever since it has been happy holidays for all. It really sank in though as I drove home from the office. Now it's a pretty short drive, but I still saw at least half a dozen homes that probably are using more electricity on their Christmas lights than they are for the rest of the house combined. I have to admit I was a little stressed out after a long day, but it didn't take long for the holiday decorations to turn my mind away from the little troubles of work and make me think of the warm and happy feelings that the holidays always bring. So I want to say thanks to those people along the road that took the time to put up such beautiful decorations.
One way I can offer my appreciation beyond words is to sign up a few of these wonderfully colorful homes in the Scotland County Business and Professional Association's annual Christmas Decorating Contest. That's right, the SCBPA has expanded the program, meaning you don't have to sign up your own home, but instead can nominate anyone you feel deserving of the honor. I can think of four or five just in the few blocks between the office and my home, so I'm sure there are dozens across town and even across the county that should be considered for the top honors. Besides the lucky winner gets $100 in Memphis Bucks, so surely they will appreciate you entering their name in the contest.
While I am praising local holiday activities I need so offer compliments to the Christmas Bazaar held this weekend in Memphis. Now believe it or not, but I am not a big shopper. I know, you can't imagine a guy like me not wishing to spend the day shopping instead of hunting or some other outdoor activity. Anyway, I went to the school on Saturday to take a few pictures for the paper and possibly pick up a few Christmas gifts. It shocked me, but I really didn't mind spending an hour or so walking around the various booths and I even have a few gifts purchased prior to D-Day. Now if I could just get all my other gift providers to come together in one place to allow me to get the rest of my shopping done in one final swoop.
I must say with everything that has happened in our country this year, and with all the economic issues that are popping up, it is nice to see our community still pushing forward to enjoy the holidays.