From the Editor’s Desk December 2017

valley-bugler-december-17Thankmas officially melded into Christmas, and the Lifetime channel has begun its nonstop cheesy Christmas movies. I have to admit it, I’m a sucker for some of those movies, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the absolute cheesiness that gets me, or the sappy story ending that you can see coming a mile away. Whatever it is, they are fun to watch while sipping hot cocoa under a warm blankie.

Quite possibly, it is the cold rain falling outside that contributes to our strange affinity toward these heart warming movies playing on tv. Everybody has a favorite. What’s yours?


It’s a Wonderful Life?

The Christmas Story?


Home Alone?

Miracle on 34th Street?

Die Hard?

What? Yes, my dad and brothers always watch Die Hard for Christmas.  And before that, my mom and dad used to watch it at Christmas time. This is one tradition that nobody really remembers why or how got started, but it was many, many years ago. Probably back in the 90’s.

Whatever your favorite Christmas movie, I hope that you have already gotten it out and begun your traditional viewing. And break out some new ones. Netflix and Amazon Prime have some great Christmas flicks, and even fulfill the cheesy factor. Grab a bowl of popcorn, gather friends and family, and start a new tradition.

Speaking of traditions, if you’re feeling the need to create some new ones, develop an outdoor game that your family and invited friends can enjoy. One such game we played was called Christian Killer Football. Yep. It was pretty gnarly. CKF for short, became an annual event that left the remainder of our clothes soaked with mud and grass stains.

CKF was played on a large, steep hill. The rules were easy: 2 teams; one football; get the football either up or down the hill…and when played on slippery leaves and mud, it’s even more of an adventure. We loved every second…even the injuries.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Until next month,

Michelle Myre

Publisher / Editor

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