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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 Of shoes..and sJ@s..and sealing wax.. by Ann Gregory Bits and Pieces Reprinted from Dec. 8, 2011 The little chores of Christmas tend to get in the way of its joys if you aren't really well organized enough to allow yourself some extra time. While I think of myself as well-organized-once-upon,a- time, the closer we get to Christmas, the farther away I seem to drift from the comfort of good organization and the luxury of time to smell the roses. ! For instance, I bought Christmas cards in July, as I think I've told you, and then I addressed some of them every weekend that Allen and Peyt went to a UK football game in Lexington, so have had that chore done since mid-November. I've even bought Christ-mas stamps, although I panicked when I couldn't find them after I got home. After I had looked in every little pocket and zipper-enclosed hiding place in my small purse, Peyt went through it once more, and she found them. Anyway, all of it's done except for putting the stamps on the envelopes and writing the Christmas letter to include with cards that go to old friends we sel- dom-if ever--see, so we can keep them up with what's going on with us. Most of them do the same, so we keep in touch that way. However, here it is December 8, and that letter hasn't been writ- ten. Mark it down to being disorganized. I guess I'll get it done, but when, I don't know. Speaking of Christmas stamps--and of disor- ganization-be sure you use all of yours before January 1--at that point, postage will advance from 44 to 45 cents. Even though there's evident- ly been some confusion by the moving of the area's central USPS distribution center from Bristol to Johnson City (we've had a number of the area subscribers who are getting their papers very late or not at all), I heard a news report which relat- ed the information that be-cause of the inroads on USPS revenue by the public's ever-expanding use of e-mail, the United States Postal Service is expe- riencing a huge deficit. To try to get it under con- trol, the Postal Service is seeking approval to close about half of its 461 processing centers, which would result in the abolition of next-day mail delivery and the loss of about 28,000 jobs. If any of this happens, it won't begin until spring, 2012, according to information on the Intemet. As far as Christmas shopping is concerned, I've been working on that for several months. Trouble is, it's so easy to order online that I've done a lot of that, the packages have come and been hidden, the bills haste arrived and been paid, and at this point, I just hope I can find the presents them- selves, I'm terribly afraid, however, that I'll be stumbling across small hidden presents through next April. Major presents, I can locate. It's the smaller ones--the ones I really like to buy--that I'll probably lose. Disorganization again. Every year, I vow that I'll buy Christmas wrap- ping paper in early January, when the stores prac- ti-cally pay you to carry it away, but somehow, I never manage to get that done. In addition to hav- ing had to wait to buy wrapping paper I really like, I've had to deal with the fact that one of my favorite stores in the world, If It's Paper, no longer exists in Bristol. I could always count on getting gift boxes, good tissue paper and really attractive gift wrapping--all for most reasonable prices. When the company that owns e store decided to close it, an announcement may have been made, but I missed it. Discovered the closing one day when I stopped by there to pick up some odds and ends of things--and the shelves were bare. Had I known that it was closing, I could have gone and stocked up on things like tissue paper. (It's diffi- cult to find a good quality tissue paper for a rea- sonable price. Not only did If It's Paper have that, it also had tissue paper in nearly every color of the rainbow!) Good quality tissue paper is still avail- able, of course, but it's far more expensive in most places than it was in that great little store, which offered nearly everything if it s paper! Then there's the space I have to have between the time I acquire the Christmas presents for friends--and the time that they're delivered. Somehow, I don't have the sense to think up tiny gifts--not that the big ones are expensive or important, but they sometimes tend to be just big. Last year for example,'I outdid myself. We still exchange gifts with dear old friends who live in Florida--although we've seen them maybe once in the last 40 years. I always try to get something for them that reflects Central Kentucky or UK, since that's where we knew them--last year, I learned my lesson, however. Peyt designed a poster for me using .some of her Kentucky pho- tos--it had horse racing, UK basketball, UK foot- ball--you get the idea. It tumed out really well, and I had her order the poster a bit bigger than made sense. I then had it framed, and ended up having to have a box made to pack it in (yes, you can do that), and then buy yards and yards of bub- ble wrap to keep it from breaking en route to Jacksonville. It got there, and they said they liked it. I hope they did! This year, I remembered that when I planned their present, which has already been mailed, and is considerably smaller than the one last year. I still have several other away pres- ents to get in the mail, but they're almost ready to go--and what a relief that'll be. Getting back to the shopping--another thing that's bad about Christmas shopping on the Intemet--at least if you forget half of what you do (like I do) and if you don't make a complete list of what you're buying (which I haven't done)--is that things begin to arrive that I don't remember ordering. Usually whatever the item is tells me for whom it's intended, but that isn't always a given, either. Even so, high tech is good for Christmas shopping, so I guess I'll manage in spite of being disorganized. The Christmas cards and letter, packages, both to be mailed and delivered locally,, the parties, the food, the Christmas music and plays and Christmas dinner at church--it'll all get done, organized or not! Holiday brings back memories of Christmas past To the Editor: If we could go back in time and capture some Christmas memories -- wouldn't that be a wonder? Well we can't so here are a few of mine. As I grew up on Honey Branch, we lived in the historical Rock House. My Dad really knew how to pick out a tree. A prickly old cedar. Ouch! So pretty. Dad and I would spend half a day in the woods with his saw till he found the fight one. It was so pretty. We drug it home, Morn put it in front of the window and we kids all went to work. Bubble lights, old rope garland, red and green balls and for snow Mom gave us some of her quilting cotton to pinch off. It was the pretti- est tree you ever saw. Morn had lots of goodies stored away, but we had to wait till Christmas to have some., That was okay, it tasted better. My Mom was a wonderful cook, along with other ladies in the family. She prepared haln and all the trimmings. Her fried apple pies, her stack cake and all of the canned veggies from the, a feast! we had mistletoe and holly in the window. Treats were given out in St. Pail. There was a long live at!d you waited your turn. b!o pushing or shoving. We made that treat last a loOg time. Well, I could go on ad on about those das. Christmas has changed a a way, but not for rn. Inside I'm still that little girl going thru the woo s with rny Daddy for a tree. You know, we may have sung some carols as 'e went along! Mey Christmas to all and dot forget what it's really all about. Mary Ann Post  St. Paul $ LE'Iq'ERS TO THE EDITOR .t Readers are invited to write letters on matters of gen- eral interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspa- per, which reserves the fight to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. Dante Lives On has tree gallery at center Dante Lives On, Inc. is sponsoring the Christmas Tree Gallery this year at the Community Center. You may come by and vote on the tree of your choice from 12 noon until 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Hope to see you there. Beginning in January, Dante Lives On, Inc. will change the Saturdays they are open from the 2nd and 4th to the 1st and 3rd Saturday. The hours will still be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 1st and 3rd Saturday from 11 am until 3:30 pm. You may contact us at 276-49- 1903 or Bobble at 27i- 495-1785. EDITOR'S NOTE " Because of illness and the newspaper's conversion tOi a digital r, format, this week's edition is arriving to" you a day late. We apologize00 for any incon- venience and appreciate your patience as we work i through this' process. PAST PARADES Christmas parades have always been tradi- tion in the town of St. Paul. Above, a large crowd assembled for this 1953 parade in 1953. At left, sometime in the 1960's, the old Ben Franklin store entered this float , in the St. Paul parade. Valley Times MEMBER VIR(BNtA PRESS ASSOCIATION, Published weekly in St. PaL VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHINO CO INC. 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