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I spent the weekend getting ready for the holidays – cleaning house, pulling out decorations, etc. Last year the holidays weren’t great, but we’re looking forward to enjoying them in 2009.

Recently, my hubby asked if I’d like to go out, or order dinner in for Thanksgiving. Although my co-worker swears by Piccadilly’s Thanksgiving dinner, I plan on cooking. This is one of the traditions my family still enjoys, and I actually look forward to the work.

Will you cook Thanksgiving dinner this year, or just indulge at someone else’s house? What Thanksgiving traditions can your family not live without? Are you looking forward to the holidays or will you be glad when they come and go?

I also understand that Jonesboro’s Christmas Parade is canceled due to Streetscape construction this year.  I’ll miss this parade, but am looking forward to seeing Main Street lit up with Christmas decorations soon.

However, Riverdale will pick up the slack by hosting its own Christmas parade and tree lighting down Main Street to Starr Park on Monday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 PM. There will be hot cocoa, sing-a-longs and a visit by Santa (Rain date: Dec. 7).

Here are some other events going on this weekend in anticipation of the holiday season:

Faith Tabernacle of the Holy Spirit (210 Fayetteville Road, Jonesboro, (770) 471-0360) will host a free Thanksgiving Feast on Saturday, Nov. 21 at noon.

The Arts Clayton Gallery (136 South Main St., Jonesboro, (770) 473-5457) hosts “Santa Saturdays,” on Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec.19, 11 AM-3 PM where everyone (including pets) can take a picture with Santa Clause.

Arts Clayton also hosts their Handmade Holiday program (Nov. 21, Dec. 5, Dec. 11, Dec. 19; 10 AM-4 PM) where families and children will be able to create handmade, holiday gifts ($5 per person).

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Sgt. Rock

November 16th, 2009
3:07 pm

Jonesboro is always nice around the holidays. I enjoy the lights at the International Park, the Arts Clayton events, Breakfast with Santa in our community and most of all the Living Christmas Tree Concert at First Baptist Church!

oldtimer

November 16th, 2009
4:17 pm

With friends and family is the only way to spend the holidays. Keep in mind the less fortunate. Calvery shelter is a great way to spend one evening. Another family activity we have always done is to adopt an angel…one of the foster children in CC. We have all been so blessed with all of the abundance our country provides and it must be shared. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Goodwiil in 2009

November 16th, 2009
11:46 pm

The “Thanksgiving Holidays” are such a great time for celebrations; family gatherings, good foods, family traditions and such. Moveover, let’s not forget the real meaning, some folk decieved the original people in this country into welcoming them into their land when those folks had invented gun powder with the capability to commit mass murder and destoryed a whole civilization. Then, they were so lazy they had to import slaves from Africa to build the nation and national capital, the entire east cost to include Atlanta. Let’s keep it real. Enjoy your turkey! Good will toward all men!

Over the river and through the woods.

November 17th, 2009
2:14 am

When I was young the Holidays were always spent at my grandmother’s house. Neither she nor my parents are on this earth any more. My kids are scattered clear across the USA. There is just my Husband, the cats and I left. But I will still cook the turkey and stuffing and home made cranberries,candied sweet potatoes gravy mashed potatoes and pies. Even if it is just us.The tradition is everything. Besides we will be able to eat for almost a week on the leftovers.

Claytonian

November 17th, 2009
9:06 am

We’re the only part of our family who live in Georgia. This year we can’t afford to go anywhere, and nobody’s coming to us until Christmas and New Year’s so it’s just us. We also thought about eating out or getting a Publix dinner but I don’t get to cook like this often so we’ll be staying in, love good home cooking.

The advocate that doesn't advocate

November 17th, 2009
9:34 am

Doesn’t seem like the Clayton Advocate is willing to be much of an advocate for the citizens when it comes to CCPS. Why won’t the Clayton Advocate talk about the Open Records request Heatley didn’t respond to, to turn over documentation showing how much the county has paid Glen Brock? Wasn’t it Glen Brock’s search firm that recommended Heatley? Wouldn’t a true advocate want to know why Heatley didn’t comply with the Open Records request, as required by law?

Is the Clayton Advocate afraid to go after Heatley because he’s a Marine? Or do they just not know about this?

SA

November 17th, 2009
9:49 am

Goodwiil in 2009,
There have been things that have happened in this country. No civilization in history has been perfect and all have had their flaws. Our short existence as a country included. But let’s not forget that you and I are here because of those people and get to enjoy that turkey while enjoying our freedoms and blessings many in other countries can only dream of. We must all accept the good and bad that comes with everything. As far as living in this country and having the luxuries, freedoms, and other blessings we do, I wouldn’t sacrifice the things we have (that many take for granted) for any negative that happened here – any day. Keep it real as you go and enjoy that turkey you freely bought, spending time with family you’re allowed to do as you wish and as all are able to travel freely whereever and whenever they wish, and watching that TV in the comfort of your home and city, as you wish, whenever you wish. During grace, please do not forget to give thanks for those who paid the price that allows you to do, say, work, and worship as you want. There is no other country greater. You are here and enjoy what you have because of those flaws. You want to keep it real… That’s as real as it gets.

Claytonian

November 17th, 2009
11:04 am

Amen SA! Well said.

Peggy Sue Davis

November 17th, 2009
11:54 am

CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!

And for those who do not appreciate this GREAT country America…Delta is ready when you are, lol.

If you don’t like it here, it is your freedom as an AMERICAN to relocate to any country (including your so-called ancestral lands) in the world you wish. But then again, those countries do not have millions waiting to enter ya know!

OMG!!!

November 17th, 2009
1:57 pm

ALL, PLEASE FORGIVE THIS POST. THE DISCUSSION BEGAN SO POSITIVELY, BUT I JUST HAVE TO GET THIS OFF MY CHEST!

Peggy Sue Davis,
You are a joke (and so hypocritical)! Why don’t you utilize your own advice? Every chance you get you bash Clayton county (which last time I checked was in America). In one of your more recent posts you wished ill will and even death on families in our county. I don’t agree with Goodwill in 2009, but you sure are the pot calling the kettle “black”……

Peggy Sue Davis

November 17th, 2009
3:18 pm

LOL! Not so! I merely call it as I see it. No excuses! Take off the rose colored glasses…..

Over the river and through the woods.

November 17th, 2009
3:27 pm

Dear The advocate that does not advocate. What does your post have to do with the Holidays? If you can’t stay on topic, do you think you can wait and post something about the holidays instead of trying to cause a fight on here? If you have anything to post about the Holidays I am sure we would be more than happy to read it.

TheWraithe

November 17th, 2009
7:24 pm

Hmmm, things are getting testy here. Remember the Holidays and the first Admendment!

The advocate that does not advocate

November 17th, 2009
8:40 pm

Over the river, ask the teachers who can’t afford the holiday they want to give their children, because they were furloughed why this is an appropriate topic for this blog.

Truth doesn’t take a holiday, but apparently the Clayton advocates are willing to take a holiday from the truth.

Acquittal!

November 17th, 2009
8:50 pm

Tina Garrett has been acquitted on all charges. Acquittal! I’m sure the crony crowd was just waiting to have their henchmen, otherwise known as the ethics commission, do another political hatchet job in an effort to consolidate their power.

Remember absolute power corrupts, as we have seen when there is no voice of dissent. Absolute power suffered a setback in Clayton today, and hopefully CCPS will be better for it.

Acquittal!

November 17th, 2009
9:21 pm

Bad typo. That’s Trinia Garrett. But I’m sure, since people want to keep this in the spirit of the holiday, that many posters will be happy to come on here and wish Trinia Garrett and her loved ones a happy holidays as this is good news for her and for CCPS.

Yeah, okay

November 17th, 2009
9:25 pm

I know several folks, none of which are teachers, who were furloughed and many more who were straight LAID OFF! Teachers aren’t the only ones suffering and trying to find a way to give their families enjoyable hlidays or just plain make ends meet in general. I’m sorry for anyone in that position, but come on. Stop using teachers plight to further whatever your agenda is, whoever you are.

On the topic, a few years ago my wife & I went to a Buckhead hotel for dinner. Food was excellent and we really enjoyed ourselves, just relaxed. We stayed the night, went to Lenox Square and watched the tree lighting. Who knew a mere two years later we’d be unable to afford such extravagences and are just happy to have a nice dinner at home because there are many who won’t have a decent meal or will have to go find one. We’re blessed and thankfully, my wife can burn (i.e., cook).

Goodwiil in 2009

November 17th, 2009
9:59 pm

The “Thanksgiving Holidays” are such a great time for celebrations; family gatherings, good foods, family traditions and such. Peggy Sue Davis, your so-called ancestral lands are in Europe! You’re not an native to this land! Silly!

The advocate that does not advocate

November 17th, 2009
10:27 pm

The agenda is real simple. Supt. Heatley needs to obey the law. Is that a bad agenda?

Ghebasma

November 17th, 2009
11:10 pm

Many years ago when my family and I lived in Germany the Army messed up my husbands pay.There was not not enough money to even pay to feed my kids much less have Thanksgiving or Christmas. Some how the command found out about our plight. The officers Wives club “adopted” my family until the problem could be resolved. They were Angels in human form. We did have happy Holidays that year. My kids did not starve.We had gifts for the children. And we got the problem fixed and the money that was wrongly withheld repaid to us. But now we try to pay it back by finding a family to sponsor each year for the Holidays. Usually it is a military family but sometimes not. The only stipulation is that it is done anonymously. As this is not done for the glory but to pay it forward.

Kudos to the Clayton advocate

November 17th, 2009
11:19 pm

The purpose has been served. Now the Clayton advocate is starting to talk about it. So it looks like they were NOT giving preferential treatment to Heatley, just because of his military background. It looks like they just hadn’t heard about it.

Use your sources! Look into it! The people have every right to know how much CCPS has paid Glen Brock. And Heatley has every legal obligation to divulge that information to the citizens, even if it makes Brock uncomfortable, and even if Brock’s firm recommended Heatley.

Get the scoop Clayton advocate, and find out how much Brock has been paid by CCPS!

i like to watch

November 18th, 2009
8:13 am

goodwill in 2009, you are full of it. go to africa and see what is going on there today. you would high tail it back to the us like the coward you are.

Dixiedarling

November 18th, 2009
8:50 am

We will have a lovely holiday with family and friends.

Dixiedarling

November 18th, 2009
8:56 am

I will miss the Christmas Parade.

Great holiday news

November 18th, 2009
12:19 pm

Isn’t it wonderful holiday news that a BOE member has been totally acquitted, and that the ethics commission won’t be able to circumvent the wishes of the voters and remove someone who has been a voice of dissent against the CCPS power structure?

Claytonian

November 18th, 2009
1:00 pm

Nice story Ghebasma. That’s what the holidays are all about!

Invite

November 18th, 2009
1:37 pm

“The advocate that doesn’t advocate”

You are invited to enlighten the Advocate on the forum, as to what is going on. That way this forum does not get off topic. Fill us in please. We opened a School forum up.

oldtimer

November 18th, 2009
2:14 pm

Ghebasma, I liked yourstory. We need to hear more like that. There are many families this year that need “adopting”. There are children in foster care. There are elderly on very small fixed incomes and little if any family. They all need to be remembered. There are soldier’s families left at home who might just need emotional support. There is just so much to to.

Amsabehg

November 18th, 2009
11:00 pm

With all that “goodwill” that was offered to you back in the day’ you returned the favor by taking accreditation from the least of these, the Lil black child! You’re such a “Palin Fan!

i like to watch

November 19th, 2009
7:22 am

amsabehg…what about the 57+ illegal meetings

ABC

November 19th, 2009
3:23 pm

Like the fighting teachers, Trinia is not the best role model for our kids – living with a man not her husband – he apparently was stepping out on her – hence the motel bill that started the fight. We can and should wish her well, just be sure not to offer her mixed drinks before BOE meetings. Next time , she will be escorted out, by Clayton county police.

BOB

November 19th, 2009
3:25 pm

SACs slaps the hand of Cobb BOE, but does nothing – wink, wink.

Black Woman In Clayco

November 19th, 2009
3:58 pm

I’m cooking for Thanksgiving, there’s nothing like a good home cooked meal with family and just enjoying each other’s company. Doesn’t happen often that the whole family is off work at the same time, it’s a lotta work but always worth it. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

EYESPY

November 19th, 2009
7:00 pm

“i like to watch” say, what about the 57+ illegal meetings -SACs slaps the hand of Cobb BOE, but does nothing! CRCT Cheating SACS does nothing– its about “Dixie Darling and Darkies”

TheWraithe

November 19th, 2009
8:12 pm

Victor Hills Badge list…….with more names to follow. Surprise, suprise…

FedUpWithTheAdocate

November 19th, 2009
9:56 pm

Wish all you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Does Clayton now tolerate law breakers?

November 19th, 2009
10:49 pm

Heatley was hand delivered an Open Records request over two weeks ago to disclose what attorney Glen Brock has been paid by CCPS. The law requires Heatley respond within three days. Did Heatley follow the law?

And what’s the bigger crime; Heatley possibly breaking the law, or an apathetic public allowing it to happen with no comment?

Peggy Sue Davis

November 20th, 2009
10:25 am

To the copycat poster above-
Don’t use my name, make up your own!

They should be ashamed!

November 20th, 2009
11:02 am

They are trying to hijack your forum again Kimberly.

They should be ashamed!

November 20th, 2009
11:14 am

What hole did all these off topic people crawl out of? Are they just totally illiterate? They have to be real losers to try, and hijack someones forum. Like dogs fighting over a bone.

there you go

November 20th, 2009
3:24 pm

We could use more than 1 topic a week. How bout it Kimberly? If things are ajumpin – one on Monday – another on Thurs

DoubleAction

November 21st, 2009
12:23 am

My Heart is always with others during the Holiday Season; I look for a reason to show my kindness to others. We are fortunate live among those who deserves our kind efforts to be helpful in this time of crisis. This is no time think ourselves, but to also wish for the best of others. Our People in this county deserves the kind of welcome that money can’t buy. I have no doubts that others feel the same way as I do.

Pity The Fools In CC

December 25th, 2009
5:42 pm

Merry Christmas All !!!!

Pity The Fools In CC