Whitesburg KY

Are you ready for Christmas?

Blair Branch

Are you ready for Christmas? It is getting to be that time of year when everyone goes into panic mode. I’m not hardly at that point yet. Give me time, I’ll be there right along with the rest of you.D

o you have all your shopping done? How about wrapping? Christmas cards mailed? Cookies and candies made? It really is a lot of stress, but I love the hustle and bustle of the holidays, seeing the houses all lit up with lights and trees decorated.

We have our shopping about finished up. I only have one person left to buy a gift for. Now wrapping is another story. I haven’t wrapped the first present. Thankfully a few years back I sewed a bunch of fabric gift bags that we use here at home for family gifts. Just put the gift in, pull the strings, and tie. I love them. They make wrapping quick and simple.

What did you ask Santa to bring you for Christmas? Michael and I normally just do something small for each other if we even decide to exchange gifts. We get whatever we want all year long, so we try to make the holidays about the boys and not so much about ourselves. There are a few things I wouldn’t mind having, but those can wait. It is more important to me that the boys get what they want.

Michael, the boys and I have been working on a lot of crafts this past week. Lots of homemade ornaments for the tree and decorations for the house. We made salt dough ornaments for the tree. They are so cute, and pretty easy to make, with fairly simple steps. Mix, roll, cut out the shapes you want, make holes for the strings, bake, paint and dip in wax. The boys had a blast painting all the candy canes, Christmas trees, gingerbread and snowmen. Honestly, it was a lot of fun for all of us.

Mom and Dad (Allen and Sylvania Whitaker) came up to our house one day last week and brought the boys some blueberry muffins. Mom is looking a lot better, but she has been having pain in her back and ribs. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. Dad as well, since he isn’t well himself. He has been having some problems with his arm.

Minnie Blair and I had a nice chat this past week. She said she was doing OK, but has trouble getting around. I just love Minnie to bits. She and Ella were always so kind to me and James when we were little. You never forget the people who were good to you when you were a child.

Heather and Frank Phillips purchased Jake and Wilma Halcomb’s house and have moved in. It’s good to see lights on in the house again.

Danna Smith was out of town the weekend of the 5th. She went to South Carolina to visit her sister and had a really nice time.

Missy Fields, her husband Wayne, and their girls went to Gatlinburg this weekend to finish up their shopping and see the lights. They were finding some pretty good deals when I talked to her last. I hope they are having a wonderful time.

Saturday, the boys and I went to Dairy Queen to Hayden Jent’s first birthday party. We had a nice time. The boys loved playing kiddie bingo and pin the tail on the donkey.

I would like to wish belated happy birthdays to Vada Blair who celebrated her birthday on Dec. 6; Don Emmons and Ivalee Sexton, Dec. 9; and Marlene Blair, Dec. 11.

Shannon Hensley will celebrate her birthday on Dec. 16, Florence “Kitty” Emmons, Dec. 18; Pippi Grom, Dec. 21; Jordan Whitaker, Dec. 22; and Edna Helton, Dec. 23.

I hope your special day is filled with love and laughter.

Roger and Deborah (Perkins) Whitaker will be celebrating their 37th wedding anniversary on Dec. 17. Happy anniversary!

I hated to hear that Jason “Jaybo” Jent died December 9. He was the son of Roy Jent and Betty Fields Jent. He is survived by his mother, Betty Jent; daughter, Kaitlin Faye Jent; maternal grandfather, Coy Fields; brother, Roy Shawn Jent ; sister, Michelle Niece; nieces and nephews, Patrick Niece, Dakota Jent, Sierra Jent and Shaelyn Jent; lifelong friend, Gary Higgins; many other special friends. Please keep his family in your prayers.

I’m not sure how busy I will be next week, so just in case I don’t get time to write, I hope you all have a very merry Christmas!

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will get you next week. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, you may do so at alanacouch@tvscable.com.

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