Merry, merry Christmas to everyone! Christmas is only a few days away and I hope you are all more prepared than I am. Yes, you read it correctly ... Mrs. Christmas herself has failed miserably this year on preparing for Christmas. So my house is not glowing from corner to corner with Christmas cheer as it normally is and the presents are not wrapped and displayed under our trees but guess what I have figured out? Christmas is going to arrive in a few days regardless of if I am ready or not. I don’t know where my time went this year but it’s sure gone quickly. We have made a point this holiday season to do more fun things and spend more time with family and friends instead of making sure our home is perfect for Christmas and I do not regret one second of it. If this pandemic has taught me anything, then it was to spend more time making memories and maybe that’s a good thing. Of course I still love my Christmas decorations and my house will be decked out before Christmas but maybe not as decked out as years before.
So as it has become my annual tradition in this column I want to give you my Christmas wish for all of us ... this year I hope we all learn to enjoy our lives ... really enjoy our lives. We work so much, we work so much at keeping up with everybody else, we work so hard at what we want people to see when they look at us, we work so hard at making sure our children have everything “we didn’t have” but in doing so our children don’t have what they need most ... us! We have all these things and reasons that we work for and all the while our life clock ticks down. We have lost so many friends and family this last year ... if they had a do-over, what, if anything, would they have done differently? So take some time before the new year slips in and really ask yourself what would it take for you to really enjoy your life ... really give it some thought ... get past the “if I only had more money, I would be happy” and really look at your life. How could you enjoy more moments of your life ... decide that and then “work” on that part of your life.
I realize some who are reading this are thinking that their lives are just about perfect, if so, this is not meant for you, it’s meant for people like me who are still working on making their lives perfect. We need to use our lives up enjoying our lives, not wishing at the end of our lives that we discover that we wish we had enjoyed life more. So my wish for you and for all of us is that we learn to enjoy our lives more, that we slow down enough to make memories that will last forever.
Now to the Christmas lights around our community. This year I am just going to tell you which roads I found the most decorations on because there are so many homes that I just do not know who lives there. So of course Loop 393 through Goodrich has lights everywhere with several yards overflowing with Christmas fun items. FM 1988 West never fails to have many homes decked out in colorful shining lights. Back over the overpass FM 1988 East has a few homes with Christmas lights. Next, out FM 2665 there are Christmas lights and candy canes everywhere and one yard is completely covered in cute Christmas characters. While you are on FM 2665, turn into Holiday Lakes and drive around to see that quite a few homes are shining bright in the night.
I want to personally thank everyone in our community that took time to decorate. And speaking of Christmas lights, have you noticed the huge 25-foot tree made of all blue lights right in the middle of Goodrich on Loop 393? It’s right next to the old hardware building and the rest of the year it serves as a 30-foot flag pole. But a dear friend gave the blue lights that formed a tree to Kenneth for Christmas. Thank you Peach. He truly does love it and it makes Main Street Goodrich look so beautiful at night.
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The corner where the dilapidated remains of Glenn’s Grocery has sat for several decades is now cleared down to the dirt. This has changed the entire landscape of downtown Goodrich. So the planned butterfly garden is one step closer to becoming a reality and hopefully by spring we will be planting plants there. I will do a complete story soon on this project and the ones that are helping this dream become a reality.
Now I have a house to decorate so I must get busy but not before I wish every single one of you a wonderful Christmas filled with amazing fun. Enjoy yourself! Make memories! And let’s shed any negative feelings before 2022 rolls in. Don’t carry any problems, any worries, any dislikes or any anger into 2022. Leave it in the past and see how happier you will be. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Always Believe.