By the time you read this, Christmas will be only a very few days away and all the activities and hectic lists to complete will be nearly over. I hope that you have had a few minutes to pause and enjoy the joys of this season and I pray that in the next few days you have the time and pleasure of creating memories with your family and loved ones. Christmastime is too very special and the Advent time of preparation is too short to let it be twisted and manipulated by all the expectations of advertisers, “Scrooges” and others. Take some time to drive around and look at the lovely lights, spend a few extra unhurried minutes with your special friends, and most importantly take all the time you can to enjoy and cherish your family and loved ones. Christmas comes just once each year and seems to pass too quickly, so make a special effort to make this a very merry and blessed Christmas that will fill you with warmth and provide the joy and memories to last for years to come.
Just like the Christmas season, we have had a special time this past year that will not be repeated for many years to come. During the past eleven months we have been celebrating the Sesquicentennial of Mason, and this has been a spectacularly good remembrance of the history and heritage of our community. Beginning last January 26 with the Proclamation Day and Courthouse open house and continuing through many different events, we have celebrated together all that has made Mason so special for each of us. Whether you remember best the Fort Mason Day parade and the mounted Calvary or the incredible Round-up parade; the county Cemetery Tour last spring, or last week’s “Heritage of Faith” tour of the local churches; the fall’s Mason County Fair or the summer’s Mason County Museum Day festivities; each and every activity was a successful time to remember and teach us about the many facets of this community we call home. Mason is truly the “Gem of the Hill Country”, and just like a finely faceted topaz, each individual activity and each participant adds to the dazzle that makes us whole together. It would be impossible to name everyone who contributed to making this a wonderful year of celebration, and to name just a few important planners and workers would be to leave some deserving person out, so I would just like to say a very heartfelt “THANK YOU” to everyone who contributed to helping us remember and celebrate the heritage we share in Mason. Our hometown is a blessing to each of us, and for the past 150 years it has been stitched together by the many men and women that have lived, worked and raised families here, and now our challenge is to continue to work together to leave a community that is even better for our children and grandchildren and for the many generations to come.
As we spend special time with our friends and family in the next few days, let us remember all the blessings we have living in this country, and all the joy we share living in a small rural piece of heaven called Mason. In the New Year we often pause to resolve or rededicate ourselves to some goal or priority; in this New Year let us all take a little more time and give a bit more effort to live and work for the benefit of our community and to help our neighbors. Mason is a wonderful hometown, and in the next few months we can help to make it even better for the coming year and for the future, so that generations from now those who live here will continue to know the blessings we enjoy and call this community “home” with the pride and pleasure we each have today.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley