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December 24, 2012 Agricultural Column

Howdy!!!

Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you.  It is just so hard to believe that the season of advent is already here.  Deb and I had our family Christmas on Sunday and we talked about what we did last Christmas like it was yesterday.  Time really does fly by and so do these grandchildren growth spurts.  I made a comment to Deb about not only how many grandchildren we have but also how fast they are growing.  I told that to my oldest grandson and his comment was “grandpa I can’t help that I grow so fast as that is the way it is suppose to be”.  Well no matter the case it is still a wonderful time of year to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas with the birth of Jesus.  My grandchildren always like help getting the nativity scene set up with a usual little scuffle of who gets to put Jesus in the scene.

I can remember celebrating Christmas with my mothers side of the family on Christmas eve.  There was several of us and we always managed to fit in the house.  Grandpa and grandma weed were always such great hosts and did not matter whether it was a holiday or just for coffee there was always the great hospitality that made the experience so great.  There is always so many fond memories but one that still sticks out in my mind was Uncle Richard making homemade Oyster stew.  We always looked forward to that treat in fact due to my writing this article I may make some for Christmas, at my sisters.  The other thing that is so cool about my younger days is looking back over those Christmas pictures  and admiring how we have all changed.  WHAT GREAT FUN.

I am going to end today asking that each and everyone of you reading this take a second and say a little prayer for those young and a bit older people that are no longer with us in Connecticut.  That was a terrible thing and will always be remember as families lost the lives of their loved ones.  We can be thankful the things we have of family and friends and I do hope that each and every one of you have a safe and happy Christmas season.  Merry Christmas and look forward to having another column for you in 2013.  MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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