Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 — I just decorated my very own Christmas tree. For the first time. Yes, the tree is tiny and it only has me to admire it, but it is mine, and I love it.
Recently, my grandparents gave me a waist-high fake tree and a box of antique ornaments. And shortly after receiving them, I put up my personal Christmas tree in my apartment. I am not a very patient person.
However, while I am excited now for the approaching festive holiday, I admit there was a short time where I did not know what to expect for the coming season. My life has gone through drastic changes in the past six months. I am living in a new place, I have monthly bills like my school loan and within the span of this past year I have called Oregon, Washington D.C., Quincy and Susanville home.
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 — I know I’m always kind of slow getting into the Christmas spirit. Call me a late bloomer, I guess. I mean, I’m not one of those real, “Bah, Humbug!” folks, but for the most part Christmas songs leave me more than a little bit underwhelmed. I know it’s the music of the season and all that, but that realization doesn’t really help me.
Maybe it was all those dreary, overcast afternoons in elementary school when the teachers didn’t have any more lesson plans for the final few lingering days leading up to Christmas vacation — a time when they’d break out the trusty, old autoharps and those stinky, smeary blue mimeographed sheets with the lyrics to such timeless wonders as “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “Deck the Halls.”
Tra, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la?
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 — Kudos to Lassen County District 3 Supervisor Larry Wosick for providing details regarding the botched sale of the Lassen County Local Reuse Authority property in Herlong and for accepting responsibility for the error at the board’s Nov. 26 meeting.
He correctly notes the buck stops with the board of supervisors and expressed his embarrassment at the error that led to the Family Resource Center building the county intended to retain — a building that houses agencies that provide vital services to the people of Herlong as well as a chapel used by a local church — was sold. Other members of the board also expressed similar positions. District 5 Supervisor Tom Hammond said the board should ensure this never happens again.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 — Shopping is a hot topic this time of year as Americans begin to create their Christmas lists. Many stores are advertising sales for Thanksgiving Day. I read Macy’s, JCPenney and Kohl’s will be open for the first time on this holiday. Walmart announced two major holiday sales, one at 6 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. Target, Toys R Us and Best Buy will also open in the evening for Christmas shoppers.
Apparently there are six fewer shopping days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Therefore, stores are trying to find ways to increase profits in a shorter time frame. This is understandable since gift giving during the Christmas season makes up 20 to 40 percent of a retailer’s annual sales.
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