By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

December 24 comes with a lot of feelings for me. A lot of childhood memories with my parents and sister, grandparents and uncles, some still here, and some having been gone for a while now.

Memories. That’s a lot of what Christmas is for so many. Nostalgia tinged with that certain indescribable feeling that comes from this time of year.

I noted last year there’s a sense of quiet that comes when Christmas finally arrives. I remember that growing up and reading the newspaper as a child, noting how the real world and its day to day routines are replaced by people in the community simply wishing each other well. Even retailers take a break from pushing sales and for their employees. All the buzz, especially in our online world, fades into the background. I always liked that. I wanted to carry that forward into the present.

In that regard, the Gazette will take a weekend break from reporting the day to day, and just take a moment to talk to you, our readers.

Words can’t express how much your support has meant since we went online last year. It’s your feedback and encouragement that has pushed us to where we are now, and further along than you realize. Well, than you realize just yet. 2022 is going to have some surprises. Good ones for sure, as we work to keep establishing a positive presence in the community.

Tonight will feature the final “Holiday Nights in Navarro County” for the year. Started last year, the series was a means for people to discover a little extra joy in the holiday after the challenges of 2020 made it more difficult to get out. The reception this year remained positive. Rest assured that will be a Gazette annual tradition.

There really is something about this time of year, isn’t there? May you find your “something bigger than yourself” that comes from families and friendships and faith. Reflect on the good food and cheer, the holiday specials and colorful lights, and the fact that someone is thinking of you right now. We see you, Navarro County.

Merry Christmas tomorrow. Happy holidays in general. No matter how you celebrate the day, take a moment for yourself and enjoy the quiet.

– Guy Chapman, John F. Kaiser III, and our families

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