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Appears to be much activity related to preparation for Christmas recently … at home, at churches, commercial areas … throughout the area.

Christmas cards addressed, ready for mailing … others busy shopping. … Some love to shop early, and some wait ’til late Christmas eve … looking for bargains.

Remember stories about the first Thanksgiving, about pilgrims coming to the new world? Remember drawing pictures using lots of orange and brown crayons? Thumb tacks used to display the artwork around the blackboards. … Does anyone use a blackboard or thumb tacks any more?

For me, even at an early age. … How many days out of school for the holidays?

Parade set for Sunday in Elizabethtown (Dec. 1) another Saturday, (Dec. 7) in Bladenboro. Murchison twins parade marshals in Elizabethtown. … Both very good football players. … One making a name for himself as a defensive lineman at NC State, the other recovered from cancer to have a good year as a running back at Winston Salem State University.

And, speaking of football, late NFL score from yesterday, 49ers 37, Packers 8. Tonight … Ravens vs Rams, game time 8:15 PM.

“We may not have it all together, but together, we have it all.”

“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”

“Cooking tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out.”

robert g hester

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