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It feels like Christmas! We've been in the 30s for highs for days and days. Back to the 50s and 60s this week, then rain this weekend.

The shopping is about done and it’s time to do some baking, then relax and enjoy the season. I always hate to take the Christmas tree down, but when everything gets back to normal, everything looks clean and uncluttered!

Liz, Lyla and I braved a very cold Thursday night and drove to the Jewish Community Center in Memphis for the Germantown Community Theater's production of "The Wizard of Oz." Three-year-old Lyla sat for two hours (minus a 15-minute intermission) and didn't squirm! She loved it!

The Scarecrow was my favorite. She jumped rope like nobody's business, then I noticed in the program that she is captain of the jump rope team at her school. The girl who played Dorothy should be an opera singer one day, and the wicked witch was perfect, with her green makeup, witch nose and chin. And I have to say that the wizard looked more like Tom Selleck than Frank Morgan. It was a wonderful play and night. I am so glad I saw the advertisement in a magazine a few weeks ago.

We had the annual Watkins Christmas dinner at George and Paulette Watkins’ home on Friday night. It was raining and cold, but warm and cozy inside. Two of their children, David Watkins and Paula Maxwell, with husband Shane and twins Noah and Case, were there. Clint, Courtney, Elizabeth, Justin,Lyla, James and I attended, as well as Larry Coughlan, with Jeffrey, Christie, Carter, Corbin and Chloe. We enjoyed ham, corn, green beans, macaroni and cheese, bacon-wrapped green beans, deviled eggs, rolls and chocolate and pecan pies and Elvis Presley Jailhouse cake. It was a great night!

It was so cold Saturday that I just stayed in and baked ginger snaps. Our movie and dinner group from the Covington Church of Christ was supposed to go see "A Christmas Story" but it fell through. I was glad to stay in that night!

I was so glad it didn't rain on Dickens Christmas on the Square, which was so beautiful with all the fresh greenery. There were lots of prayers answered!

Sunday afternoon, I joined family at a baby shower for Justin and Amanda Gurley, Courtney's brother and sister-in-law. She's due Christmas Eve! Best wishes and it was a great shower, Courtney!

Helen Goforth, Kali Langston, Pat Armstrong, Judy Randolph, Johnny Jones, Addison Shearon and so many more continue on our prayer list, including Keith McCalla, who started taking treatments today. His mother, Catherine McCalla, the queen of Mt. Carmel, told me about him today. I'm so sorry and he is especially in our prayers.

Prayers also for our servicemen and women, especially serving at this time of the year and away from their families.

The birthday party at Covington Manor will be at 2 p.m. on the 21st. CYC sign-up sheet is on Jeff Phillips' door.

No services on the 25th and the next week, mid-week services will be on the 31st and will end at midnight. Bring games and finger foods! There will be one service on Dec. 29th, the fifth Sunday, at 9 a.m., with Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Happy birthday this week to Emma Matlock, on Dec. 17, and Madison Johnon, on the 21st! Happy anniversary to Robbie and Genie Renfroe on Dec. 15 and Gene and Mary Jean Stockton on the 21st!

"Thanks for reading" this week to Milton Murphy and Lois Twohig. Sa-lute!

This week's Farmer's Almanac quote: "A freshly-cut Christmas tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours."

Keep those trees watered! Enjoy the season, listen to some carols and stay warm!

Until next week . . .

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