Just a week more to complete all of the preparations for Christmas of 2013, and a week after that and we will all be wondering where the past year went and trying to remember to date papers and checks for 2014! Even in the midst of all of the activity and excitement of the Christmas season, I try to stop and see the entire holiday time as a complete season of blessings and celebration. Starting with a special day set aside for remembrance and thanksgiving and a long weekend of family and friends gathering and feasting, and the holidays continue through the many activities of preparation and gathering during Advent. During this next week there going to be many opportunities to exchange gifts, whether they be brightly wrapped packages or the cheerful smile and warm greetings that cost little but leave great memories and express the truest joy of Christmas time. And I hope you stop in the midst of all the busy times and remember the deep meaning of the gift we have each received as God sent His only Son to be born in a barn, with young parents totally unprepared for the great challenge of providing a home for the infant Savior, and to live a life among family, friends and a community who never understood and seldom even listened closely enough to really hear the message of unconditional love he came to share.
Christmas is a season of blessings, and I hope you have some extra time to pause and count the many blessings, even amid the many challenges and excitement, the sadness and joys that make up our lives every day. And then in just a week more we approach the New Year with a chance to find the ways we can have a fresh start with a new calendar. This is a special time of year and I hope that you have the joy of celebrating, the blessings of pausing in thanksgiving, and the excitement of looking forward to the future and knowing the opportunities that lie just over the horizon.
In the next couple of weeks, with the confusion and activities of the season, the City will be adapting our schedules to keep up with the trash as is outlined in the article elsewhere in this paper. Also, we have found that there are many more leaves this year than some of the previous years, and they all seem to have dropped in the past couple of weeks so we will be working to go back through the neighborhoods a second time to continue the leaf pickup and our City cleanup. The crews are continuing to clean out sewer lines in various areas of the City, and the Recycling Center is busier than ever and we appreciate your dropping off all of your recyclables. With short work weeks and some employees taking late vacation days, our City employees are very busy and working to keep up with the many demands of this time, including the start of construction at the waste water treatment plant. If you see some problems or have a concern that we need to look into, please do not hesitate to call the City office and let us know, but be patient as we try to get to all of the many little chores that we regularly have to handle along with the extra challenges of this season.
I sincerely hope that you have many joyous plans for the coming week, and I hope that you have a great celebration with family and friends and enjoy another Christmas season in the best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent