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November 23, 1994

There’s a fragrance and a chill in the air, a look on people’s faces and a glow of anticipation radiation from every child you see. Calendars are filling up fast. It’s the holiday season, no mistaking that. Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us, friends.

Every community, every family has its own special traditions associated with this joyous time of the year. There are festive gatherings, wonderful reunions, parties both large and small, gift lists to check, cards to send, and on and on. You know how it goes.

Perry's union Thanksgiving service, sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance, helped set the proper tone here last Sunday night. The next community-wide event will be Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. when the seventh annual Christmas Home Tour will be offered.

This has truly become a welcome tradition here since the first one was held. Hundred have enjoyed visiting the five selected homes each year to see different types of Christmas donations. Those who open their homes for these tours should be commended. They have to put up their wreaths, ribbons, garlands, lights and other items before most of the rest of us, then stand by and be gracious as we troop across their carpets to admire what they have done. They always manage to smile through it all

At the end of the tour, visitors are welcomed at the Cherokee Strip Museum on west Fir avenue for cookies and tea and a chance to sit down and relax. The proceeds from this wonderful afternoon are used to add holiday decorations in our _beautiful courthouse-park and along Fir-avenue. The Perry - Business Association and the city of Perry are co-sponsors, and advance tickets may be purchased for $6 at Thorn Originals, Foster Corner Drug and the Chamber of Commerce office. If bought on the tour, tickets are $7.

Another traditional Perry event will be the "Potpourri" sponsored by Stagecoach Community Theatre on the night of Dec. 15. This will be in the Stagecoach building on south Eighth street starting at 7 p.m., and there is no admission charge. It's free. Just go and be entertained by some of the community's talented young people and adults, mostly presenting musical numbers.

Among our neighbors, two other special events are coming up. The Madrigal dinner at Oklahoma State University opens a limited run next Sunday night, and tickets already are scarce because of the great popularity of this holiday attraction. Guthrie's Pollard Theatre is bringing back "A Prairie Christmas Carol" and it also is attracting full houses each night. Check ahead on both of these before leaving Perry.

Television, of course, will be dolloping out its own kind of holiday froth for youngsters as well as adults. The weekly listings may hold some gems, so read them carefully to choose the ones that have the most appeal. Jimmy Stewart’s fine old, movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," will be seen again but not every day as it has in some years past.

There's another movie you and your children should see at this time of year, although it's not as well known as that other one. The title is simply "A Christmas Story," and it has no big name stars except Darren McGavin (and some of you may not regard him as a major player). It's about a young boy of 10 or 11 years who badly wants a Red Ryder B-B rifle for Christmas. His ordeal will seem all too real to anyone who has ever been desperate for a particular gift from Santa, only to be frustrated by all the circumstances cruel fate and an insensitive world can muster against him.

It's a well-told story with plenty of humor and pathos to keep your attention. Some cable channels show it occasionally, but it's on video rental store shelves, also. I heartily recommend it for your holiday enjoyment.

May this be the best one ever for each of you.