A cold Christmas Express that put us in the spirit

Despite all of the warnings of snow and rain we dodged that bullet and the Christmas activities went off without a hitch.

Now it was cold — that is true enough — but the weather was perfect for a parade and Christmas and party we did.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were in the depot and, of course, they are always the highlight for the kids. The depot was beautifully decorated and a warm respite from the cold.

The salute to our soldiers was moving and Bailey McAnulty on the trumpet, was touching. The entertainment of the Murray St. Singers and Communities in Concert Band were the perfect addition to all of the fun.

The parade was the best ever and Kristi Moreland, parade chairman, did a great job of lining it all up.

Of course we couldn’t have had the parade without the firemen and we are always so appreciative of them.

Thanks to Hunter Matula for driving the Chamber float. It was a great night and a good way to kick off the Christmas season.

I am sure you are like me with something going on every night but remember to take some time for yourself this season.

Open house

Christmas activities continue this week with the grand opening mixer at Shrimps in downtown Rockdale from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Come to Shrimps if you haven’t been there already and eat some good seafood plus other items on the menu. Owner Betty Jensen will fix you up with a great meal.

Many needs this year

There are so many needs this season but in true Rockdale fashion, many elves are coming out and helping.

Rockdale Rotary Club is sponsoring a coat drive with drop off at the Chamber. We have a regular flow of people bringing in jackets for the needy.

Toy donations for Christmas Roundup are coming in to the Chamber, too. People are so willing to help and that is what makes Christmas so special.

So thank your lucky stars that you live in a town that cares about people. We are indeed blessed with each other.

And to Sally Brumbelow, I was thrilled with your kind words last week. Nice people like you are what make it all worth it.

Until next time I leave you with this: God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.


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