It has been a busy, yet gratifying, time for The Mirror in the last few months.
Between being designated as McDuffie County's legal organ beginning in January and the creation of the Classic South Living Real Estate Magazine, we haven't had much time to do anything else.
So last Wednesday afternoon, we took a little time for ourselves. Janet, Alicia and Lynn unpacked the Christmas tree and set it up at the front window. Angela came in on her day off to tie a few ribbons for our wreaths. And Kristopher and I hung the garland and wreaths.
Admittedly, I stole the idea from our District Attorney. Dennis Sanders sets the afternoon of the day after Thanksgiving aside for the folks in his office to decorate. And, boy, did it look like they were having fun. (Especially with that picture of Mr. Sanders with the Santa cap on.)
Speaking of holiday spirit, there's someone in town who seems to be lacking a little Christmas cheer this year. The person - who will remain nameless, but he knows who he is - stopped by my office last week to make a delivery. He was smiling, but firing complaints about his job, his schedule and anything else that came to mind.
But Mr. Anonymous better watch out. His daughter knows if he's being naughty or nice, and she's already talking about putting coal in his stocking. Or giving him more days to deliver and fewer days to fish.
(And, while I'm on the subject, the flowers really were beautiful!)
And in keeping with the holiday theme, what a great, great weekend for McDuffie County. The Festival Off Main drew thousands of folks to downtown Thomson for a little music, some crafts and some great food.
Friday night was marked by Santa's arrival, and dozens and dozens of local youngsters who had the opportunity to tell the jolly fat man just what they wanted for Christmas.
Saturday mixed music, vendors, a gaggle of activities and a dozen or so food vendors to fill the afternoon. (Yes, I sampled a bit of the food. The fried Twinkies weren't too bad, the Mongolian barbecue was pretty good and the fried Oreos were great. Then again, "deep fried" and "Oreo" are good by themselves. Combining the two creates a grand culinary concoction.)
But the crowning achievement of the weekend had to be the parade Saturday evening. It was beautiful, and the crowds that packed the route were a testament to the success of the inaugural event.
The folks that put this event together, including Johnette Bell, Camille and Peter Ruddick, Brad Adams, Tina Swann and the countless others who volunteered their time to make the event come off without a hitch should be commended for their work. It is folks like them that make this community a great place to live.