These celebrations were held 2,000 years before the birth of Christ and well before there was a commercial aspect to Christmas. Somehow that old tradition of paying off one's debts seems to be appropriate the way Christmas is commercialized today.
While we know that most everyone around these parts (at least those of you who read this column anyway) is pretty well perfect, there are a few folks who might want to think about a resolution or two.
A couple of political types:
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano should resolve to get herself a calendar and study it. Last week the Secretary assured U.S. citizens that she and several thousands of associates in the security field are working, "... 24/7, 364 days a year to keep the American people safe." I suppose she just misspoke, but then again if something terrible were to happen she could always says she had an out. Let's just hope the terrorists don't figure out which day the secretary and her cohorts take off and protecting people in all 57 states is tough.
National Intelligence Director James Clapper should resolve to read a newspaper, watch the news or just get a clue. In the same interview with Napolitano and White House National Security Advisor John Brennan, Diane Sawyer asked Clapper about the 12 people arrested in London over the weekend suspected of plotting terrorism. Clapper looked at Brennan and asked, "London?" The White House initially claimed Clapper had been briefed then said he had not. Clap On, Clap Off (sorry, just couldn't resist that one). Forget about being briefed. Watch the news. If there's anyone in the country who ought to know about a terror plot being broken up in England it's this guy. Then again, it is possible Clapper thought Sawyer meant London, Kentucky.
Some folks may think this little exercise doesn't have any merit. However, in looking back over last year's suggestions it appears several folks actually took heed.
Pam Sherrod, for example, did not accidentally dial 9-1-1 from her Kennett National Bank office phone once during 2010. We're going for a record-breaking two years in 2011.
David Blakemore continues to work at his golf game and we're proud to report has pretty well got his LOFT fixed.
In the coming year we predict Dr. Tom Miller will never learn to hit a hook off the tee box. Dr. Tom is just looking for the right teacher, though and none of his golfing buddies are willing to help.
Jerry Jones will celebrate his 40th birthday this year in fine style. After all, one of his friends gave him a head start by wishing him a "Happy Birthday" last February so he's had a year to get ready for the big 4-0.
Charlie Madden will learn to share his pacifier next year. There's an addition coming to the family that's going to be needing a pacifier and since Charlie already has one the grandparents can save money they would spend on a pacifier and get more baby clothes.
Now that Santa Claus brought him the first one, Mike Rhew might as well go ahead and get a complete collection of inflatable toys in time for next Christmas.
"Dink," the rescue pup that Kennett Animal Control Officer Tina Petix found during the ice storm will receive even more love and affection from his "parents" Jim and Rebecca Bankhead as he roams the golf courses in Pinehurst, N.C.
Despite the best efforts of his son, Trent, Dave Haggard will continue to have the same pessimistic outlook when it comes to Missouri Tiger sports. The Insight Bowl loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes last week will do nothing to change Dave's way of thinking.
"Little" Richard Edgington should resolve to never leave his dad, "Big" Richard, standing in the parking lot of the country club wondering where his ride home went in the coming year.
The new Congress should pass a resolution to observe Memorial Day on May 31 this year. I believe JoNell Minton kinda liked the idea of celebrating her birthday on a national holiday last year and thinks the practice should contine.
Rick Bell should resolve to wash his car a little sooner next year if rain becomes scarce. After going weeks without a measurable rain through most of the summer, Rick and Cathy decided to wash their vehicles prompting a welcomed rain.
Kennett coaches Ken Riedinger and Chad Pritchett should resolve to go ahead and close their phones and not be overly concerned the text message they received in September that read; "If you love Jesus send this to 10 of your friends. Close the phone if you love the devil." A second resolution should be to not forward that message.
And finally, the DDD's unofficial but much appreciated historian should continue to supply the newspaper guy with missives from the past. The newspaper guy should resolve to make better use of what she sends along.
Bud Hunt is
regional vice president,
publisher of the
Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and
North Stoddard Countian.