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Families celebrate Christmas

Published 12:49pm Wednesday, January 8, 2014

As we enter 2014, what are you going to do different from what you did in 2013?

As for myself, I want to have a more positive attitude. Having a negative attitude doesn’t accomplish anything. I also want to be more encouraging than discouraging as well.

On Monday afternoon, Dec. 23, the descendants of the late Andrew and Ruth Armstrong Motes met at Ryan’s in Decatur for lunch. Those attending were Fred and Evelyn Motes, Freddy Kindred, Johndale Motes, John and Mildred Motes, Steve and Loretta Coleman, Lois Hill and Linda Stewart.

Visiting with Fred and Evelyn Motes on Christmas Eve were Cecil and Jo Bomar, Jason, Trisha, Dylan and Haley Bomar, Nathan and Javon Aldridge, Tara Heard, Bill and Mearleen Maples. Mike, Kaye and Kayla Widener, Ryan Kretzer, Darren and Meagan Hargrove, Darren, Roxann, Darian and Rachel Tucker.

The week before Christmas was a very busy time at the home of Fred and Evelyn Motes. They were making preparations for the arrival of their five children and their families on Christmas Day. During this time the kitchen stove was putting in overtime as they prepared for the delicious meal and all the sweet treats (peanut butter balls, chocolate peanut clusters and orange slice cake) that the family enjoys. For Fred and Evelyn, Christmas Day starts out with a light breakfast as they put on the finishing touches of the noon meal. As each begins to arrive, everybody is catching up with the latest. After things begin to settle down, the family gathers in the living room where they join hands and form a circle for prayer. During this time, each one is given the opportunity to share what’s on their heart. All are thankful for many things, which is good health, safety for those traveling home and extra prayers for those who’ve lost loved ones in 2013. This year’s prayer was led by granddaughter Darian Tucker. When the noon meal was over and all the dishes are done, everyone returns to the living room for a time of fun and games. My siblings and myself and our families would like to thank our parents for making Christmas so special, for living a life before us that taught us the true meaning of Christmas: Jesus is the reason for the season.

Christian love and sympathy is extended to Dee Ann Owen and Amanda Gordon in the loss of their mother and grandmother, Ann Wilborn and Malcolm and Tonya Mason and their families in the loss of Malcolm’s sister, Linda Lanier.

Get well wishes go out this week to my aunt, Eldora Maples, who suffered a heart attack recently.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Linda Barr on Jan. 1, Betty Selby and Eric Stoltz on Jan. 2, Martha Loney and Kelly Petzold on Jan. 3, Krita Loney, Ariana Rogers and Betty Lucas on Jan. 4, Angia Smith, Jessica Davis and Mark Emerson on Jan. 6, Carter Hendrix and Joe Hollis on Jan. 7, Amber Robinson and Abby Carpenter on Jan. 8.

Happy anniversary to David and Joyce Blankenship on Jan. 3 and Chris and Kym Champion on Jan. 6.

A big hello goes out this week to Mrs. Glendell McCaghren. Have a good week.

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