OK, it's cold.
Not freezing so that it's completely uncomfortable outside, but cold enough that an hour or so in the night air makes your cheeks numb and your ears burn.
That is just what happened during my visit Saturday night to Macedonia United Methodist Church's Fifth Annual Christmas at Cedar Rock.
If you missed the hayride, chili, hot dogs, petting zoo and - best of all - roasted marshmallows, don't let it happen next year.
But don't worry there's still time to step back into Bethlehem and see the story of the birth of Jesus. First Baptist Church's One Night in Bethlehem opened Wednesday night and will be packed with cars from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday night.
To get there is simple: Just follow the signs off Hill Street and get in line.
While you are out and about, drive around town and see some of the great decorations at homes and businesses. We've featured some already in The McDuffie Mirror, and will showcase even more next week - including the employees and decorations of several area businesses (thanks to Greg Minor for the suggestion). If you've got a festive spot you'd like to see in The Mirror, give us a call, shoot us an e-mail or use the submission form at www.mcduffiemirror.com.
And please don't forget about The Mirror's Angel Tree. We've already had several people and groups - like the youth group at First United Methodist Church - take a few angels off the tree, but there's still plenty of folks out there that need help this Christmas season.
Which is why I was so touched by Valerie Phillips' request. She came to The Mirror last week looking to adopt an entire family - not just purchase a couple of items for a child. She wanted to cook them Christmas dinner, buy the whole family gifts - anything she and her husband could do to bring a little joy to their fellow man.
The Phillips' generosity is what Christmas is all about. It's the sort of thing you'd see on television shows. Nothing makes me more proud than to see it happen right here in our community.
Even though Christmas is still a couple of weeks away, I've already gotten one present. Actually it was a gift to everyone in the Augusta area. And that gift's name is Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
Now, some folks may ask why should we in McDuffie County care about what happens in Augusta? Simple. If you think that McDuffie County doesn't ebb and flow with Augusta, you just don't get it. Thomson is absolutely part of the Augusta metro area, and it worries me every time I read about the stupid things that some folks do inside the chambers of Richmond County's Marble Palace.
Is Mr. Copenhaver the cure-all for what ails Augusta? Probably not. But he's hopefully going to be far better than the disease that runs rampant there now.