This is a busy time of the year for almost everyone -- even shut-ins like me.
Not only is it one of Christianity's holiest holidays, it is a time when families and friends celebrate 'happy holidays' with food, festivities and gifts. It also marks the end of the year and a "changing of the guard" in some areas.
I'm sorry that I can't physically navigate well enough to attend the scheduled reception to say farewell and thanks to Commission Chairman Mike Berg and Commissioner James Swafford who are retiring.
But I definitely want to express appreciation to both of them, as well as to Linda Townley and others who are ending long years of service to our county.
We send good wishes to their replacements, realizing that it is not easy to please all the county's citizens and to subject to public scrutiny as you attempt to meet the county's needs.
Nor was I able to enjoy the Christmas Parade, tree lighting, etc., or the Live Nativity.
But I am grateful that these remain annual events despite difficult weather conditions. We can be thankful that we haven't had to face the terrible wildfires and blizzards that other regions have endured.
There are many other seasonal activities, however, which brighten Dawson County -- in churches, schools and many organizations.
I hope you are enjoying some of them.
One of the bright spots is the Margie Weaver Senior Center, not only with its art and handcraft display, but also with a delightful re-doing of the interior.
I had not been inside for several months and had not realized that many of the activity spaces had shifted locations and that there had been a complete re-flooring and repainting.
If you are a senior citizen and haven't visited the center, do check it out!
At the other end of the age spectrum, although I haven't experienced them personally, I understand that bright things are happening at the high school's new Performing Arts Theater.
That's wonderful, and I am sure good things will continue to glow.
I also congratulate the high school's HOBY Leadership Award winners. Sending students to an annual HOBY conference is a project which the Woman's Club has proudly sponsored for many years.
But it is Christmas, the time for sharing love and kindness, so let's look for more bright spots and pray for a happier new year.
Helen Taylor's column appears periodically in the Dawson County News.