Valdosta Daily Times


December 23, 2012

A very merry Christmas to you!

VALDOSTA — Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and Tuesday, we will celebrate Christmas, hopefully in a festive, happy and loving atmosphere.

Children’s excitement, visiting family and friends, cooking for loved ones, and time spent together are all the elements that make the day special for everyone.

If you are traveling, be careful, and if you are hosting, try to enjoy the holiday through the craziness.

We all tend to put too much on ourselves, especially at this time of year, but no one remembers if the turkey is perfect or if the house is dusted so much as if the company is warm and welcoming.

To me, the time spent relaxing in between pulling pies out of the oven or basting the turkey, or enjoying the annual homemade Chex mix, sausage balls, etc., is the best part of the holiday, especially with family around watching all those wonderful, cheesy holiday movies. “Christmas Story,” “Christmas Vacation,” “The Family Stone,” “Scrooged,” “Elf,” “Jingle All The Way,” “Santa Clause,” etc., etc., makes you forget your stress.  

Sharing a laugh and good food with the ones you love make for a very merry Christmas.


Business Roundup

The Drury Inn has officially opened after more than a year of construction. The high-rise hotel is located behind Olive Garden at Exit 18 in a development that may also soon house additional restaurants and retailers.

Shane’s Rib Shack is also open. The new restaurant took the place of Moe’s in the strip center across from Kohl’s and Home Depot.

I understand there are even more new openings in Hahira. In addition to the new Sew Blessed Quilt Shop and Design Station on Church Street, there is a new restaurant on Main Street across from Fiveash’s.

The YMCA move in Lake Park is coming along and will take several weeks to be accomplished as they are renovating the space. They are moving from one side of the interstate to the other as their current location is going to be leveled by a new owner.

The framework is going up on the new doctor’s office near Winn Dixie off North Oak Street Extension and the framework on the new VSU Health Sciences Center continues to grow.

The workers on the Publix this week were so dedicated, they were still on the building during that big rainstorm we had. I guess they want to make sure the store is ready to open in early spring.

For those driving around town in areas they might not normally drive in, don’t forget on Hill Avenue that the overpass is finally under construction and lanes are closed frequently. Also, on Patterson where Woodrow Wilson is being extended to Gornto is an area to be careful in as well.

That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed please let me know, and Merry Christmas!

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