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By SAVANNAH CUNNICK

Oh my gosh! December is here already! I bet ole Santa's workshop is really buzzing by now! From what I understand, the reindeer have been working out and eating lots of nutritious grains to be in shape for pulling St.Nick's sleigh full of goodies for everyone around the world! Mrs. Claus has requested that folks slow down on the amount of cookies they leave Santa this year and that they put out soy milk due to the fact that he has become lactose intolerant. Also, if you can not leave your fireplace burning during gift delivery it keeps the level of third degree burns down to a minimum.

Other than that, the North Pole has you on the map and sends all of you happy holiday wishes! And, from what I understand, those who did not have to cook Thanksgiving dinner are slated to prepare the Christmas feast. My mother used to do both, and she was exhausted by the time the holidays were over. She always did a wonderful job and the food was delicious! I have happy memories of the holidays when I was growing up and I passed them along to my children and theirs. It's a worthy tradition to always have in your family. If you do not have a family, find one. The Tennesseeans are one big giving group of people and are always giving and helping each other. But unless you let folks know that you are alone and would want to be with company, they don't realize you would like to be invited. No time to be shy when such a wonderful celebration could include you!

And once again, remember it is not how much you spend on a gift that matters; it's from the heart and the thought to give just something that brings joy to others. I, myself, think that the expense of Christmas presents is way out of hand. It's become a contest of who has the most electronic devices and hey, let's just see how many gifts we can pile up under the tree so only the star on top can be seen! I realize it is hard to get out of the habit of buying so much, but somehow we have lost the true meaning of such a special holiday. As I always say, be thankful for our homes, jobs, families, health and freedom. Highlight those things as forever important and material items last in line. A smile, a wave and shout out to your neighbors makes for a great day!

Ok, back to the Short Mountain Trading Post. We had a great week end at the barn. With all our Christmas decorations inside and out, it gets everyone in the holiday mood. Lots of pictures have been taken with our Santa and his sleigh. Our barn kitties are the official greeters and love all the attention. The Loft had a huge 40% off sale that was successful and all the craft vendors downstairs did well with their handcrafted and decoration items. We are open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday on a normal basis as long as the weather is 55 degrees and above. Our hours are: 11:00 to 4:00. You are more than welcomed to call me at 615-464-7824 to double check that we open before heading out.

Once again, the Trading Post is always in search of local artists and tradespeople who would like to have a booth and join us. Call the same number for further information. Things have been down to a low roar with my relatives, so nothing new or exasperating to report this week. Gonna run for now but will close with this thought: A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.

See you at the Trading Post.
Hugs, Savannah

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