Ken and Jim

The little Christmas gathering at the Historic Emporium swelled to about thirty last Wednesday. The Henson Century Farm provided the barbeque. The tables were filled with all manner of sumptuous delights, and around them friends and neighbors assembled to catch up, to reminisce and to express their hopes for a better year ahead. Much anticipated family gatherings were in the offing for many, while others planned a quiet holiday. Ken and Jim, those handsome cowboys from Mountain Grove, left out on their adventure before the party started and returned after the whole thing was over. They remarked that it was a glorious day for a ride through the beautiful countryside and that they felt plenty festive. They said that Jonnie, the Champion yard dog, had not molested them in any way, that she had watched them go by with only minimal interest.

Two days later, the new has not worn off the Christmas toys. Batteries are still charged, and they are every bit as exciting as when the wrapping was being ripped off them. Hopes are that enthusiasm, gratitude, and optimism will be the by-words as we enter the new year. Champion—Looking on the Bright Side!