December 12, 2014 Hi Gang! I just noticed it’s been almost a month since I wrote anything new in this space, and I thought I’d better do something about that. I don’t have a lot of news….and I know you don’t have a lot of reading time what with Christmas bearing down on us all….but I do want to thank you for all the nice Christmas messages and beautiful Christmas cards that so many of you have been sending my way. I read and enjoy each and every one of them. I got my tree up yesterday, my secretary gave me a gorgeous red poinsettia to put on the table nearby, and it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here in Whisperville. We’re dusting off our Christmas songs and singing them on the Opry. There’s just not a better time of the year! We’re also having a different kind of celebration this weekend when many of us will gather to celebrate Little Jimmy Dickens’ 94th birthday. His actual birthdate is December 19th, but we’ll be partying a few days early. I can’t wait to show you a picture of the present I had made for him. Be on the lookout. Meantime, enjoy the holidays wherever you are…but don’t forget The Reason ForThe Season. I actually heard an announcer say on the radio this week that, “Santa Claus is why we celebrate Christmas.” Sorry, pal, but you couldn’t have been more wrong. Love and blessings to each of you. See you back here next year.