High Points| from El Camino Real

by Chris Davis

Folks along El Camino Real have put the turkey behind them or in front of them, (it just depends on how you carry your weight), and moved on to getting ready for Christmas.
It’s a busy time for lots of people, and no matter how many times they say that they are never going to put this much Christmas stuff out again, they will. I was glad to take a break and tell Jay Anna that I had to stop and give you folks your six bits worth of news.
It sure seemed like everyone had a big Thanksgiving this year. On my third or fourth trip to the Dollar General, I overheard someone say that they had run out of Jiffy corn bread mix. The thought of someone making dressing out of that stuff almost made me gag. Everywhere I ate had good dressing and everything to go with it.
I don’t think I got a hold of a thing that I couldn’t eat. My wife was taught well on the etiquette by her mother on what you take when you go to someone’s house to eat. We are never the ones that get to show up with a gallon of tea or a bag of rolls. Thanksgiving is over so now its time to eat greens and corn bread or Mexican food for a while.
I have never understood why people get so excited about Black Friday because all its ever meant for me is an aching back and two or three good fights with the wife. Black Friday is the day we get all the Christmas decorations down from the attic and start decorating. I never seem to have the same degree of Christmas spirit that she has, so I end up wishing it was some other holiday that doesn’t require as much work or money.
I’ve only lived in this old house for a little over a year, but I’ve been getting the Christmas decorations out of this attic for going on forty years now. My mother-in-law always wanted me to get the decorations down because she said that I was the only one that did it right. I always knew the real reason, she didn’t want to get one of her grandsons hurt falling out of the attic, and I was expendable.
I guess I’ve always been lucky to have people in my life who wanted to make Christmas a big deal, and it is. Who knows maybe a question about an angel on a tree or a star made of Christmas lights hung on a television antenna might be just the opening you need to lead someone to Christ.
I’m going to gripe about all the stuff, and I’m going to cuss like a sailor when I fall in the bushes working on the Christmas lights, but I know the reason for the season and that all I do has already been forgiven.

Black Friday was just that for the Alto Yellowjackets in Nacogdoches on Friday night, where they were defeated in the second round of the playoffs by the Garrison Bulldogs. There was a huge crowd of Yellowjackets fans there to cheer them on, but we just couldn’t get it done. The boys have had a great season and we’ll be ready to see them take the field again in the August heat.
A big thanks to all the coaches, kids, and parents who worked so hard to make this season a special one. A big thanks to the Alto Booster Club for all the hard work they do to support our young athletes and keep the spirit level turned up all the way.
I ran into Steven Kahla on Thanksgiving and he told me that his sister Margo Kahla Mansell and her husband Tyler are the proud parents of a baby boy. Thomas Larue Mansell came into the world earlier than expected, and only weighed a little over four pounds, so he will have to stay in the hospital a little while, but is doing very good.
I bet Marlene and Buster Kahla are bursting with pride over their new grandson. Please keep this family in your prayers until this little fellow gets fattened up and they are all together at home. Congratulations to Margo and Tyler on their new addition.
Misty Black completed all the work required for her to receive her Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Houston. She will walk the stage and receive her honors on December 14. She is the wife of the A. Frank Smith Methodist Pastor John Black.
I can’t imagine how much work and sacrifice must go into getting a Doctorate Degree. It must be like getting all the Christmas decorations down and putting them back up like ten times in a row without stopping. I don’t want to think about it.
Congratulations to Dr. Misty Black on all of her hard work and congratulations to Pastor John Black for maintaining his religion through it all.
The wind came out of the north on Sunday and blew all of the leaves that were still hanging on to the ground. I’m afraid that people are going to have a lot of raking and leaf chopping to do before they can put out any yard decorations.
That blow up Christmas stuff would have looked like somebody spread their laundry all over the yard if they tried to put it up in that wind.
Speaking of laundry I wonder how many overtimes it took to get that coach from LSU’s clothes dry after his premature Gatorade bath in the game against the Aggies on Saturday night. I went to bed three times during that game and every time I’d got to sleep somebody would call and ask me if I was watching the game.
I finally got up and watched the last four overtimes. I hope we don’t go into overtime putting these Christmas decorations up because I can’t take much more. Congratulations to the Aggies on a big win! Whoop! Those LSU Tigers think they got it bad! These Christmas decorations have whooped mine too.
We are going to be having lots of Christmas programs, parades, and cantatas going on over the next few weeks and if I don’t know about them I can’t write about them, so be sure and let me know if you want me to write about it.
I’ll see ya next week! And remember, Your life is a result of the choices you make. If you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.