I don’t get out much anymore. That sad fact was made plain to me just now as I try to remember whether or not Walmart has a Christmas tree, also do they play Christmas carols. I’m pretty sure they play Christmas music, but what kind? Away in the Manger? Jingle Bells? Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him? Rudolph? I also wonder do they have a Salvation Army “angel” tree? The one where a customer is invited to hang a gift for a needy child.

The flag above is one that flies along our main street. I like it. JOY. What’s not to like? Oh, well, one might have to make peace with a loony or two even in my hometown. You see, there will be some who point out that that is a theme of Christianity. They learned “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength” back years ago when grandma took them to church. So “Loony” says, “I’ll just take my life with depression; don’t talk to me about Jesus.” 😀

Some California Loonies have discovered Oklahoma along with Texas and Florida. I really get a shock when I compare my 2600 sq ft house with what the elite live in, in California. We have some contractors who build half million dollar homes here. They get snapped up by California runaways who can sell their houses there, buy one here and some still have enough to put furniture in them! Besides that some discover that although Oklahoma is low on the totem pole on the education scale, it is because fewer of our teachers teach the test.

Yes, we still have a Christmas tree at the Town Center. And our politicians still send out Christmas cards.

I had a shock the other day. I needed a little figurine of Baby Jesus. No problem, I supposed. Next trip out I stopped at the Dollar Tree. Went in just sure there would be a circular display with angels, shepherds, Jesus. No. No? No! Surely China would not stop selling “Jesus” things at Christmas time! I don’t know. It might just be that the Manager/owner of this Dollar Tree decided not to have Jesus stuff. Whatever the reason, there was not an image of the Christ child in any form. I’m dumbfounded.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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9 Responses to MY TOWN, JOY FLAG

  1. shoreacres says:

    Well, you always could put a positive spin on your experience at Dollar Tree and assume that the nativity sets sold out first!

    • shoreacres says:

      Oh — and I meant to mention that I still get a Christmas card from my bank, personally signed by all the employees. Obviously, it’s a small branch of a local bank.

  2. oneta hayes says:

    Ah, yes. I could but I think the deal makers are a bit better than that. I think it might be that they found out they can sell higher at a slightly more elegant level of stores. Maybe I’ll follow Annie’s lead and come back to the problem “tomorrow.”

  3. granonine says:

    You’d probably have to go to a Bible bookstore for that, or online.

  4. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    Joy is a wonderful word. We wish you a Happy Christmas and a good New Year. Your post gave a picture of what is happening in your town. Thank you.

  5. No Jesus on His own birthday? I’m also dumbfounded. God bless.

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