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Christmas Anticipation Is Half The Fun

By Charles Cooper

Hello everyone and Christmas greetings.    The only sour note, pardon the pun, I’ve found this season is some of the really tacky Christmas songs. I try to remind myself that Jingle Bells was new once but it wasn’t as bad as some of the ones today.  

The best Christmas music out  is by “Mannhein Steam Roller” and for the first time their Christmas songs have outsold the songs by Elvis–and Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” wasn’t even mentioned.  

Starting in the 1940s and continuing for several decades, Gene Autry’s “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” was RCA’s biggest seller of all time.      

Then they gave us the likes of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” and it went down hill from there. I’m gratified that quality and taste seem to be making a comeback, even though the ACLU has threatened to go after any school in Tennessee that uses the word Christmas, so we’ve got to always be on the alert.

 The reason we’ve always been so strong in the south is that we always find humor in our lives and are able to laugh at ourselves.  Have you ever seem a happy liberal on TV?              

They’re always mad about something and want everybody to be miserable like them. I refuse to be intimidated and I say Merry Christmas at every opportunity either on the phone or in person so let them come after me.  

When I see the happy face of my granddaughter, Shelby, and children everywhere I go, it makes me more determined to enjoy the season to the fullest extent.  I’ll even forgive these nut jobs and feel that their miserable lives are  a fitting punishment and as that great philosopher, Forrest Gump, always said, “That’s all I have to say about that.”  We  have such beautiful Christmas lighting all over our neighborhood and I can’t help but compare them with the modest decorations that I remember as a kid.  

The stores would hang small wreaths on the doors and maybe small Santas here and there.  Some of the most striking decorations I remember was when I had my office in Kilgore, Tex. They had left the stationery oil derricks, (almost a thousand inside the city limits) and lights were strung on them and it was a fabulous sight every night during the season.          

Another was the star on Sugar Loaf peak in El Paso which they estimated when it was lighted it could be seen from the air for a hundred miles.  The anticipation of Christmas to me is more exciting than the actual day. Usually the day after is a let down and we’re back to the everyday routines of life.  So I guess my message is treasure every moment  and never lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.  Now as I usually do, let’s change course. It was truly gratifying to see Mr. Bill Trusty get the recognition he deserves. I’ve been asking for years for him to be honored at the Watermelon Carnival as he is the last survivor of the original group that put it all together, Mr. Bill told me the story of how he came to be turned down for Military service and his disappointment in not being able to join the Navy with Joel Edgar. In a conversation a year or so back he could still talk about what was the most popular Farmall tractor he sold over the years and I congratulate Micah Mitchell for an excellent  profile. From time to time I hear from some of you Coffeeville readers and again I’d like to ask for your input as I’m not as familiar with your area as I am around Water Valley.  I’d also extend the same invitation to our Oakland and Tillatoba readers.

I remember years ago going west toward Oakland from Coffeeville there was a grocery store on the left that served great hamburgers and I’m sorry I don’t remember the name, but I remember the tasty burgers. In those days there were no fast food places and we had to be on the lookout for places like that or go hungry.  

When I was going to school in Oakland there was a dingy little café across the highway from the school run by a Greek that had hamburgers for a nickel and to a kid they were a real treat.  

Again let me wish all of you a Merry Christmas and thank you for your support over the years. My email  address is or write P. 0. Box 613189 Memphis TN 38101. input is always appreciated.


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