It's beginning to look like Christmas all over town. Decorations are up and stores are playing Christmas music.

Now that the rush of Black Friday is over, are you getting into the Christmas spirit?

Have you bought your Christmas cards and gotten out your list so that you can get them sent?

How about your shopping — is it almost complete?

Do you have many packages that need to be shipped to other parts of the country?

I am sorting and wrapping our gifts so that they can be on their way in time for Christmas. So much to do, yet such a joyful time of year. 

A LIVING NATIVITY 

Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church will host "The Living Nativity" on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 8115 Fourth St. Featured will be live animals and performers telling the Biblical Christmas story. This is an experience where the participants interact with cast members while taking a meaningful journey to Bethlehem.

This production is an inter-denominational effort involving other churches. Fellowship and light refreshments will be offered in the fellowship hall after the journey.

The census taker may be recognizable to many participants… 

GIFT CARD SAFETY 

As a family, we don't generally mail gift cards because they can be easily lost.  Should you decide to mail a gift card, here are some tips for it to arrive safely.

First, on the gift card itself, put a label with your name and address directly on the gift card, both front and back (not over the numbers.)

Next, wrap the gift card in bubble wrap, then put the gift card and your card separately into a padded mailing envelope, taping the envelope securely.

Make sure that the recipient's name and address are clearly written on the envelope as well as your return address and affix the right amount of postage. This should help ensure that your gift card gets to its destination safely, and if something should happen, you will be notified.

Also, keep your gift card receipts with the gift card number and amount until the card is received in case you need to claim it from the Post Office. 

Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.