December 20, 2023

Just My Opinion - By Mary Kilen

‘Twas The Week Before Christmas
As I write my column on Monday, Christmas is just a week away and my head is spinning. There is so much to be done in just a few days.
The pressure of holiday deadlines has me feeling like there’s more on my plate than usual. As I pointed out last week in my column, “I love Monday holidays” said no weekly newspaper editor ever.
With Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Mondays, we set our holiday deadlines. All copy and advertising for the December 27 issue will need to be in our office no later than Friday, Dec. 22. The Promoter office will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25. We will be in the office for a short time on Tuesday, Dec. 26 to upload our issue to our printing plant, but the paper will be completed prior to that time.
All copy and advertising for the January 3 issue will need to be in our office no later than Friday, Dec. 29. The office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1 and again we are likely to be in the office for only a short time on Tuesday, Jan. 2 to upload our issue to our printing plant.
The challenge is one I’ve faced multiple times before. This week we turn over a paper in three days. Most of the time with Monday holidays, I allow myself the ability to be in the office even if we are closed. That won’t happen this week because the kids will be here for Christmas. With the Friday deadline, I might have to spend a little time on Saturday morning finishing up my own work, but I’ll be in a hurry to get that done because the kids are coming some time on Saturday.
Turning a paper around in three days instead of seven puts a lot of pressure on us, but we always seem to find a way to get it done. I think it is because I’m blessed with great staff and cooperative advertisers, columnists and all of the other people that send or bring us things to put in the paper. They not only work hard to make sure they meet the deadlines. They are also very understanding if things come in too late to go in the paper.
It is not just the paper that I have to wrap up in the next week.
Presents sit under the tree waiting for me to wrap them. There are still a few presents to buy. That is nothing new. I’m generally not done shopping until the stores close because I always think I might need one more thing.
My grocery list is started for the holiday meal preparation, but there is still shopping to be done. The meal decisions are not that hard. We have our traditions just like every other family. There will be plenty of good meals and lots of snacking. It is just a matter of getting all of the ingredients. It wouldn’t be a holiday, though, if I wasn’t running out to the grocery store at the last minute for at least a few items.
I might find myself spinning in circles at times and starting to panic a little about how to get it all done, but like the paper it always seems to come together!
Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to Christmas with Amanda and Zach and the kids. The house is always full of laughter and love. There will be time for games and movies, time for us to be together, and time for the love that comes with it.
In the end, if we forget something at the table or we find ourselves a little off schedule, it doesn’t matter as long as we are all together.
As we prepare for the holidays, the food and the celebration, I wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas. May your hearts be full of the true reason for the season. May you be surrounded by love and happiness. May the peace of this joyous season envelope you and grant you joy.

An Old One But Still True
I saw this on Facebook and shared it several years ago. I laughed then and I’m laughing now. So, I’ll share it again. Hopefully it puts a smile on your face!
It Suddenly Hit Me Like A Ton Of Bricks
I just realized something:
My dog sleeps about 20 hours  a day.
He has his food prepared for him.
His meals are provided at no cost to him.
He visits the doctor once a year for his checkup and again during the year if any medical needs arise.
For this he pays nothing, and nothing is required of him.
He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs, but he is not required to do any upkeep.
If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up.
He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep.
He receives these accommodations absolutely free.
He is living like a king and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever.
All of his costs are picked up by others who earn a living.
I was just thinking about all this, suddenly it hit me like a ton of bricks.
My dog is a CONGRESSMAN!!!
Admit it, you laughed. However, if you’re like me I was really thinking that the writer was going to declare he wanted to switch places with his dog or come back in his next life as a dog.