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“God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.”

– Pope Francis

We’re scarcely out of the turkey-and-carbs-induced naps following Thanksgiving but Christmas is rolling into Kilgore and surrounding areas in a big way. This week, we’ll cheer for our favorite floats at Kilgore’s Christmas Parade and continue the holiday festivities this weekend with Avalon Faire’s first-ever Christmas Market, followed by Liberty City’s 32nd annual Christmas Parade and the Kilgore College Rangerettes “A December to Remember” extravaganza on Sunday, Dec. 8. Rumor has it Avalon Faire’s Christmas Market will have a selection of holiday items for sale this weekend and next weekend, so head on over if you’re in need of a last-minute gift of stocking stuffer.

The Weather Channel indicates a decidedly non-wintry December this year, with average temperatures staying above 50 degrees Fahrenheit for the remainder of the month. Still, it’s probably a good idea to keep a sweater and scarf close at hand in case of chilly breezes and don’t forget the umbrella, as cold December showers are one of the many natural charms that come with residing in East Texas.

Online shopping scams are 62% higher during the month of December than they are during an average month, according to a new report from BestVPN.org, based on scam reports from Better Business Bureau. California and Texas are the two states hardest-hit by such swindles. To avoid a holiday hustle, stick to well-known and trusted sites for online Christmas shopping, avoid online shopping while using public Wi-Fi, steer clear of suspicious emails and don’t give out personal data to vendors with whom you aren’t familiar.

The National Christmas Tree Association says there are approximately 25-30 million Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year. In Kilgore, quite a few of those are sold at Danville Farms, which opened for the holiday season Nov. 29. Owners Dr. James and Mary Robinson have been keeping the holiday spirit alive at Danville Farms for 33 years, selling acres of Virginia pines and Fraser firs, along with accessories and handmade wreaths.

A big “thank you” to Kilgore Police Department for making several arrests related to multiple burglaries of churches in late November. No one ever wants to see a sacred place targeted by crime, especially around the holiday season, so it’s good to know progress is being made in this case.

“We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.”

– Tom Waits

FACTS matter.

BIRTHDAYS

December 4: Kristen Hughes, Edna Humphries, Mrs. Everett Davis, Courtney Paige Vail, Mrs. R.L. McIntosh, T.J. Peagues Jr., Wayne Smith, Jean Jones, Mrs. E. C. Elder, Rick Howell, Richard Miller, Brent Holmes, Greg Holmes, Olivia Sickler, Robert Mitchel Bagwell, Conner Hubbard, Jayci Rae Edwards, Courtney Morrow

December 5: Zane Faulkner, Elizabeth Rice, Ray Howell, Sherry Lewis, Linda Morris, Mrs. E.G. Wynn, Ronald Kingsbury, Raeann Chanler, Raymond Okray, Charlene Proctor, Tabitha Johnigan, Terry Pickard, Mrs. Jimmy Smith, Jessica Kingsbury, Taylor McCarty, Mrs. A.L. Ainley, Juanika Evett Young, Pam Wintermute, Colby Rosen, Brandon Black, Carmen Ryan, Preston Lantz, Bill West

ANNIVERSARIES:

December 4: Mr. and Mrs. Bill Datson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert West

December 5: Mr. and Mrs. Johnny C. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Davidson

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