December 31, 2009
Everette Stubbs of Washington, D.C., finally arrived in Holly Springs earlier in the week after spending nearly 30 hours in transit. D.C. was hit by a blizzard over the weekend that nearly kept him from being home for the holidays. Glad he was here to spend time with his mother, Linda Stubbs, and many other family and friends.
Andy Seale of Nashville, Tenn., and Hamilton Seale of Bentonville, Ark., spent the holidays with their parents, Ben and Robin Seale.
Alexis Waxman of Plano, Texas, was the Christmas guest of Billy and Tammy Cupp. While here, Alexis took part in the many Christmas traditions that the Cupp family has, which included a wonderful Christmas dinner in the home of Beverly Fitch in Olive Branch, Saturday. Other family members who attended were Walker Cupp and children, Lexi and Cade, Becky Cupp, Christopher and Jenny Cupp and daughter, Emma Grace, Sandor Viradi, Shelby Fitch and Trey Fitch, who was home on break from the University of Tennessee.
Travis Thomas of Montgomery, Ala., spent Christmas with his parents, Martha and Jimmy Thomas.
Patrick and Mary Glen Carlton and twins, Mary Grace and William, of Birmingham, Ala., were guests of Vicki and Walter Webb this weekend.
Collier Carlton spent Christmas in Steamboat Springs, Co., with Will and Kate Carlton and son, Bridger.
Roy and Jenny Lane and son, Brett, of Batesville, spent Christmas with the Gilliam family.
Regan Murphy, of Starkville, was looking great out shopping with her mom, Susie, the day after Christmas. She was home for Christmas break from Mississippi State.
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A new year – a cause for celebration
I have always loved this holiday season. The New Year is always exciting and a cause for celebration. To ring in the new year after contemplating the events of the one just passed is a good reason for making resolutions to make our lives better. The weather has always been an item as it is always challenging. Do you remember in 1962 the snowy Christmas we had? We were living in Gray Gables at that time and it was so thrilling and exciting. And then, it snowed again Christmas of 1963. I decided the weather man was creating that fluffy stuff for the occasion.
My mother was born on New Year’s Eve of 1885 and we always celebrated her birthday with a party. Usually, it was at Aunt Montie Stafford’s house. Her Stafford Café helped cook the food and everybody came. Her birthday was January 4, 1897, Aunt Annie Bonds’ was on January 30 and my daddy’s was January 31, the same day as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s so that day was a national holiday. At the party we sat around the fireplace and ate and visited and told stories which I wish I had written down as I don’t remember the fabulous stories. At midnight we shot off fireworks, and when the fire whistle blew we knew we were one year older and the old year was gone forever.
At the New Year, one custom we had was we always shot off fireworks to celebrate the incoming year and the sky was glorious because of it. Then as the New Year was born, the fire whistle and sirens rang. The next morning, we began anew with our resolutions.
Each year I tell about the aged Methodist missionary who told me her first memory. She said she was in the sanctuary watching and waiting. In the “Amen” corner was a huge awesome just cut live tree aglow with lit candles. It was beautiful to behold. Jolly old Saint Nick was invited also and as he started up the aisle, the Christmas tree burst into flame and everybody, including Saint Nick, rushed to put the fire out before it burned down the building. I cannot remember the missionary’s name. At that time she told me the Lord was allowing her to live so long as she prayed intensely for those in need as that was her service to the world. We all should remember her lesson and live a life that is worthwhile and a life that counts.
In the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Jimmy Stewart was playing a real life part. The Wheelers from right around here moved to Montana where he ran for United States Senate and won. That movie was his life story. He was so honest and good, and he couldn’t be bribed or corrupted. That Wheeler was “Fightin” Joe Wheeler’s brother. He was a real person.
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