And so it begins. The month of December is upon us and it has proven you don’t need snow on the ground to start enjoying the Christmas season. Whether you were among the many to travel to La Crosse to see the Rotary Lights, enjoyed the many activities of the local Christkindl, getting your Elf on the Shelf ready to go, spent the weekend making Christmas goodies, decorated gingerbread houses or are getting started with various holiday gatherings, those activities are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.

On the flip side, also comes the “Oh my goodness I only have 19 days to get things done” and the anxiety that comes with it, and my advice for that is just breathe and what gets done, gets done and what doesn’t, doesn’t matter.

Honestly, the way hubby was screaming in the basement TV room I was sure that the Packers had lost. He was so loud my ears were throbbing, and I couldn’t imagine his buddy Gary who was on the phone while he was doing all that hollering had any hearing left at all.

So I was surprised to find that they had won in overtime, during which time, he kept his mouth shut. I always knew someday he would blow out his voice box doing all that yelling and wondered if today might have been the day. Especially after listening to the Badger game with its subsequent loss the day before and feeling they were entitled to his opinion.

Speaking of getting in the mood for the holidays, the Kindergarten program will be Dec. 12 at Forrest Street Gym from 1-2 p.m.

Had an opportunity to talk with Marion Olson who just finished a successful craft show in Whitehall and had some of her quilts on display at the Blair Public Library. This is one talented lady.

It’s time again for the Hixton Rod and Gun Club’s 75 Bird Mover Christmas shoot on Dec. Sign up is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Christmas raffle prizes will be drawn at 2 p.m. First prize will be $500 and second through sixth will be $100 each. Tickets can be purchased from a Rod and Gun club member or the day of the shoot—while supplies last—as there will only be 300 tickets sold.

There is a food drive happening at Candy’s Styling Salon. Bring your non-perishable food items and get $1 per item up to 10 items applied to a gift card toward your next appointment. They will accept items up until Dec. 23.

One of my favorites to donate to is the Christmas Store held at Lincoln Elementary School. Sponsored by the Lincoln Elementary Parent Involvement Committee, this year it will be held Dec. 19-21. They are looking for donations of gift items as well as wrapping paper, gift bags, etc. These gifts are set up so students can pick out gifts for their family members at a cost of only 25 cents each. They are also looking for volunteers to help with set up, helping students pick out the perfect gift and help with wrapping and clean up. Contact Krista Rowekamp at 715-333-2911, extension 349 if you have questions.

Ari Charles and family were recently at a softball workshop at the University of Texas. Just there for the weekend, they got to see the Dallas Christmas parade and enjoy beautiful weather. According to Nika, “The girls got a chance to update their home base to first and second times, throwing and hit speeds (ball velocity off of bat) and update or create videos for their College Scouting Bureau player profile.” Which I learned is a webpage with a database of players for college coaches to check stats and videos.

She’s movin on up—Amanda Hudson has been named Associate Designer for KEEP Collectives.

Somebody told me it was “Lori Day” last week and I celebrated by taking probably the last drive I felt comfortable doing before the snow season hits. Drove with the window open on Dec. 1 just to say I drove with my window open on Dec. 1.

I was lucky to not get arrested for disturbing the peace with the radio blasting and me singing at the top of my lungs. If what I’ve been told is correct, it will be going from 50-degree temps down into the 20s and I wont be coming out of hibernation much when that happens! All this and at the time of this writing there was thunder and lightning out there. Gotta love December in Wisconsin—like a box of chocolates, you never know what you‘re gonna get!

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