THE SPECTATOR, Ozark, Ark.

, Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - - Page 5A

The Christmas in my Heart
by Clydene Overbey
When I think of
Christmas’s of my youth I
get such a feeling of wonderment that I become a kid
again. I feel that same growing expectancy that I had as
a kid sitting by that scrubby
little tree that was beyond
beautiful to me. I look up at
that silver star on top with
one of the lights from the
seven light string, the white
one, placed in the middle.
I see the icicles glistening on the tree. Daddy
would say, “Just stand back
and throw them on that way
they look more natural.” We
did as Daddy said and the
result was a bunch of wads
of the tinsel in different
spots on the tree. I can see
that in my mind right now
and it is still beautiful to me
with the big lights shining
on it.
I can see some packages
sitting under that tree
wrapped in one kind of
Christmas paper which was
bought from a roll at Hall
Parks Store which tore off
like a roll of aluminum foil,
with no bows. They are
beautiful and enticing me to
pick them up and shake
them.
I can see the little Denning Methodist Church on
Christmas Eve with the big
Christmas tree on the right
side of the stage with those
mysterious bubble lights
which fascinate me so. I sit
close and watch them
bubble as long as I’m allowed. I see all us kids on
the left side of the stage
standing on the wooden
tiered living Christmas tree.
I can hear the songs we are
singing, “O Little Town Of
Bethlehem,” “Away In A
Manger,” “Joy To The
World,” “Silent Night” and
others. My heart is lightened
by the sounds as they ring
through the warm loving
place.
I see myself sitting on
Santa’s lap and peeking up
under his white fluffy beard
to a face all its own. I feel the
fluffy beard on my hand as I
sneak a touch.
I can see myself standing on that stage singing,
“All I Want For Christmas Is
My Two Front Teeth.” And
standing in the applause feeling so warm and loved for
my achievement. I feel that
knowing I had that Jesus
was standing on a star applauding me also. I see the
sack given to me with an orange, an apple and some
candy. I feel so happy with
everything.
I feel that anticipation of
going home and getting to
open all those wonderful
gifts put there so lovingly by
my parents. No matter the
gift, my heart thumped with
happiness. I can see Daddy
sitting under the tree with a
hammer and a brick cracking
nuts for us to eat. I see the
sack of mixed nuts and little
sack of Christmas candy. Oh
yummy, my mouth is watering from the taste.
I can still see me on
Christmas morning running
to meet Brenda across the
pasture where we met to tell
one another what wonderful
things we found under the
Christmas tree. We played
all day with our dolls or
whatever it was that was so
thrilling.
I can see that old homemade square table with the
pretty oil cloth on it as I sit
down in homemade cane
chairs and ate whatever was
on the table, not a feast like
most think they need now,
but the same food we ate
every day. We all ate at our
own homes then out we’d
go and play some more.
Nothing is the same any
more, but my memories sustain me. It is still Christ’s
birthday. Even if things are
so different today I can still
pull up the Christmas of my

heart. That warm fuzzy feeling of love and contentment
that was a part of my childhood Christmas. I don’t have
to say, happy holidays, go
into a store to push and
shove or be pushed and
shoved, don’t have to go in
to debt to buy things that
are not appreciated and
quickly cast aside, I don’t
need to scurry around to
achieve so much shopping
and cooking while forgetting
the meaning of the season. I
don’t have to go with the
flow.
I just need to go ahead
and be that kid again and
enjoy the wonderful day
when the world received the
greatest gift of Jesus Christ.
I am thankful for that gift of
Jesus who brought to me my
Salvation.

That is the Christmas of
my heart and as I sit here
right now I have once again
pulled it up from my memories and relived it in my mind.
To me that is what Christmas
should be.
Isaiah 9:6-7: For to us a
child is born, to us a son is
given, and the government
will be on his shoulders. And
he will be called Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of
Peace. Of the increase of his
government and peace there
will be no end. He will reign
on David’s throne and over
his kingdom, establishing
and upholding it with justice and righteousness from
that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

St. Mary's Mtn.
By Lynda Evans
Greetings! Ken’s mom,
Rita, had a wonderful birthday. The house was full of
people and tons of food. She
had received many cards
from her sisters, nieces and
nephews and friends. She
wouldn’t eat the one day
because she had gotten
eight cards and wanted to
read them first. I am so glad
you had a wonderful day,
Mom.
The Mother’s Club had
their cookie exchange Sunday. We had 24 attending
and had lots of fun. There
were so many different kinds
of cookies and not a bad one
in the bunch. A few new
people came and I sure hope
they can come to future
meetings and events.

Jason put up lights and
our tree, but wouldn’t help
with the cards. A very productive week. This week will
be much quieter. I can get
over the cold I came down
with.
I didn’t get out for the
Open Houses in Ozark, but
heard they were very nice.
Martha did a lot of her
Christmas shopping. Shop
local and support our towns.
Anna Lee’s restaurant
opened last week in Altus.
Father Hugh was there and
said it was good. I’ll try to
go one day this week.
The parade is Sunday.
Sonita has a good idea for it,
so Barbara and I are going
to work on some things this
week. See you there.
Bye.

Jethro News
By Kendall Frazier
I would like to begin by
remembering the former editor of the Jethro News, Emmer “Lois” Kirkendoll. Her
birthday would have been
Wednesday, Dec. 3. Lois
would have been 106 years
old if still living. Lois was a
first cousin of my grandfather, Sammie Campbell. She
will never be forgotten!
Approximately 25 people
attended the annual Ellison
Family Christmas. Those attending and signing the register were Fay, Rose, Leroy,
Robert, Bernice, Wayne,
and Virginia Campbell; Mike,
Loretta, Austin, Bethany,
Isaac and Kendall Frazier;
Tony and Alanna Contreras;
Herman and Shirley
Murphy; Rick, Ruby, Dennis, and Jenny Robin-son;
Helen and Betty Ellison;
Jerry and Jean Cowan. Finger foods and desserts were
served. There was also a gift
exchange game played. The
event was enjoyed by all.
Our hearts are saddened
by the loss of one of our citizens, Richard “Rick” Anthony Carr. Rick passed
away Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Funeral service was held
Saturday, Dec. 6 at the
Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints at
Clarksville under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home
with burial following in Oak
Ridge Cemetery, Jethro.
We did a lot of hiking this
past weekend. On Saturday,
we hiked the area from Hamm
Ford Crossing to Campbell
Cemetery hoping to find the
lost cemetery that Ruth
(White) Moore has been
asking me to find for her. We
had no luck finding the cemetery.
On Sunday, we hiked

Black Mountain to the old
homestead of Marchant and
Polly (Campbell) Thomas.
Marchant was murdered
there in 1865 by bushwackers during the Civil War.
His wife and children dug a
shallow grave and buried him
there on the farm. Polly later
moved to Oklahoma and resided there until her death.

Marchant was a brother of
my great-great grandmother,
Rachel (Thomas) Campbell,
who is buried in Campbell
Cemetery, near Jethro.
Marchant’s wife, Polly, was
a sister to my great-great
grandfather, Zachariah
Campbell, who is buried in
Strong Cemetery at Haddix,
Breathitt County, Kentucky.
Happy 35th wedding anniversary to my parents,
Mike and Loretta Frazier, on
Dec. 7. They spent their anniversary at Branson, Mo.

PAUL HARRIS FELLOW – Eddie Melton (L) is congratulated by Rotary district assistant governor Tony
Wilson upon being named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
He is the 11th Ozark Rotarian to be named as such.
Harris founded Rotary International in 1905.

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