Editorial: Spreading Christmas spirit

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 05:46 PM

The Bessie King Circle from the Tabernacle United Methodist Church qualifies for the category of “Why didn’t anyone else think of that?”

More than a few adults at Your Favorite Good Morning Newspaper were smiling and wishing on days long past for us when we learned of their work. The mission-minded group set up a store at New Hope Elementary for students to buy gifts for family, with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2.

The profit was in the smiles on the children’s faces. Or as Linda Wilson said of the experience, “For their pleasure.”

There are great stories of helpful people throughout our community, both in the Christmas season and throughout the year. And who doesn’t want to see kids smile at Christmas?

Great job, ladies. We’re proud of your work in our community.

• With more than 90 entries, last weekend’s Christmas parade in Henderson seemed promising.

Like anything good, however, it only takes a few bad apples to spoil it. The worst complaint: cars with loud music blasting non-Christmas music that included questionable lyrics for the ears of many children who were curbside.

And, safe to say, we’re talking children who came to see Santa, maybe some friends or families walking or riding in the procession, and to catch a piece of candy or two.

Memo to the organizers and city leaders in charge: We can do better. Furthermore, we expect to do better.

There’s a time and place for everything, including Christmas parades.

• Congratulations to Jules Banzet III on his retirement after 50 years practicing law in Warren County.

Doing anything for 50 years is remarkable in itself, but to have enjoyed a profession and a single community for that length of time is a tremendous compliment both to Banzet and the people.

Judges, friends and family enjoyed a festive occasion for him earlier this week. He’ll officially step away at the end of the calendar year. But his activity will still be easily seen with his contributions to the Warrenton commissioners and Preservation Warrenton.