Thursday, December 18, 2008
Santa Claus visited the Burlesons one night last week.
He came primarily to get our 6-year-old’s wish list. It was actually short – only two items.
He caught her a bit off guard, too, when he asked if she was keeping her room clean.
I suspect she will get busy on that task prior to Christmas Eve.
Of course, Erin’s official “Letter to Santa,” printed along with those of many other Marshall County children in this week’s newspaper, is a bit longer.
They’re lots of fun to read. Check them out in sections 3 and 4, along with lots of holiday greetings. To all the moms and dads, check them out. Maybe touch base with Santa and make sure correct delivery is scheduled.
Like most first graders, Erin adds something to her list almost daily, particularly after she accompanies her mom to a store or after we receive another catalog.
Pam and I have been through that last-minute thing before. When Emma was Erin’s age, she made a special request for a doll house just a day or two before December 25. We searched and searched and finally found the item – then drove from Aberdeen to Tuscaloosa, Ala., late one night to purchase it.
Crazy? Probably. But it’s one of our most special Christmas memories.
At the same time, we hope not to have any last-minute surprises this December 23 or 24.
It’s hard to believe Christmas is just a week away. Where has 2008 gone?
The South Reporter staff enjoyed our Christmas party Thursday night of last week. Barbara hosted us at her home.
It’s our once-a-year opportunity to get away from the deadlines and pressures of putting out a newspaper each week and share some very special time together.
We’re a family. Most weeks we probably spend more time together at the office than we do with our own families.
The fellowship and food were great, and the laughs were plentiful.
After the meal, we focused on our blessings.
We’re fortunate to serve a great community – one that loves and appreciates its weekly newspaper.
We publish the newspaper weekly, but it doesn’t belong to us; it belongs to the community.
We’re talked about how fortunate we are to have jobs. As you’ve noticed, many are losing their jobs, including some of those employed by the corporate-owned media.
But The South Reporter is doing just fine – thanks to you – our readers and our advertisers.
We’re blessed to be a part of a community where people support one another. We need to never take that support for granted. And it’s something we need to keep doing, in the tough times and the good.
Buy locally. Support our Marshall County businesses.
This is my eighth Christmas at The South Reporter, and I’m actually one of those with the least amount of service.
We’re blessed with a stable and dedicated staff – Barbara 29 years, Linda 22 years, Carolyn 22 years, Claude 15 years, Beth 14 years – just to name the ones with the most years of service, and the others aren’t far behind.
Getting your newspaper on the streets each week is no easy task, but having a staff like ours makes it much easier.
And most of all, this is a caring staff – one that cares about the entire community and strives weekly to deliver a product that serves the entire community.
I was asked last week, after someone noticed the Chicago Tribune had filed bankruptcy, about the status of newspapers.
I can’t speak for the “big boys.” But as for your South Reporter, we’ve been around 143 years, and we plan for your community newspaper to be here 143 more.
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