Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving again. Wasn’t the weather perfectly chilly for this holiday year? Umm, the fall weather, multi-colored leaves, home decorations, the food aromas drifting through the house brings back memories when our grandparents and all our aunts, uncles and cousins were all here with us.
My family was lively and expressive, sharing hugs and “I Love You’s” at our grandparent’s house in The Whitty. The kids at the “Kids table” within a watchful eye of the adults. We formed a serving line to be civilized as we filled not one but two plates with homecooked food. This was the days of “Double Plating” if the heavier paper plates weren’t used. If we didn’t Double Plate, the plates collapsed under the weight of mac and cheese, turkey and dressing, green bean casseroles, sweet potatoes and more. Afterwards some of us sat down, the older men dozed off, as The Detroit Lions played and we filled another “Double Plate” to take leftovers home.
As we filled up again, our younger cousins played in the backyard, riding their four wheelers around our grandparents’ pond, as the adults sat around the kitchen, den and front porch, reminisced and laughed about Thanksgivings and Christmases past. Especially the Santa Claus stories, like how Santa dropped my brothers’ weights and weight bench, while un-loading on the back porch. The succession of boom, boom, boom noises and woke us around 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve. Now our younger cousins, the great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews are experiencing the excitement and love in their homes of Christmas In The Whitty, just a few yards down the street where my grandparents held the entire family gatherings.
Ahh, you all know how I digress, but I did enjoy reading others’ Thanksgiving memories in the paper last week. Thank You to all those in Newberry County who shared their family memories.
Upcoming Community Holiday News
Now on to our upcoming community holiday news.
A special celebration for Mrs. Helen Nichols will be held Dec. 15 at Duckett Street Church Of God at 3 p.m. The church is located at 400 Duckett St., everyone is invited to attend.
The Whitmire Jaycees annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is this Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the west end of Main Street. The ceremony will feature local ministers, the WCS Elementary Chorus and Concert Band. The Jaycees will be serving hot chocolate and cookies. This a free event, and everyone is welcome.
The Whitmire Christmas Parade is Dec. 14 at noon. The entry line up will be at 11 a.m. on the former North Main Street location, near Owens Avenue and The Nick’s Car Wash location on Church Street. After the Parade, St. Nick will be on hand at the Whitmire Rescue Squad building on Gilliam Street off Main Street to listen to the children and youths’ Christmas wishes. Volunteer members will also serve soft drinks and popcorn.
The regular Town Council Meeting is Monday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the new Town Hall Annex building, which is beside The Baker Senior Center the former Clinic Medical Building location. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Allrighty readers, Gottrocks The Birthday and Garabund The Deadline Fairy will have the birthday wishes in next week’s column. We will meet you here next week, until then feel free to send your news bits, photos, church/civic group events to: firstname.lastname@example.org