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Smithfield’s All Lit Up Christmas Parade will take place on December 7 at 4pm. The parade leaves Smithfield High School and ends at Greenville Center for the lighting of the tree.

Cortland Place is holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10am to 3pm on the first floor. There will be a large Raffle Event, Straw Raffle, Bake Sale, and White Elephant Table. Vendors Space Available. Anyone interested in renting space at the Bazaar can call Donna at 949-3880 ext. 116.

Georgiaville Baptist Church Annual Christmas Cookie Sale will be held on Saturday, December 14th from 9am until sold out at 100 Farnum Pike, Smithfield. What is better than homemade cookies for gift giving! Come early for the best selection. Proceeds benefit the Sunday School program.

Mastery Martial Arts Smithfield will be hosting a Parents’ Night Out Nerf Party/ Black Lite Blaster night on December 13 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at their 9 Cedar Swamp Rd. location. This event will allow parents to have an opportunity to enjoy a night out or time to themselves while their children are having fun in a safe environment. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Smithfield Education Foundation, a local nonprofit that raises funds for and awards grants to Smithfield Public School teachers. For more information or to register, please call 401-231-5425, or sign-up at $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional sibling. Registration limited to the first 25 kids (ages 6 – 11.) Pizza and refreshments will be served.

The North Scituate Baptist Church will be holding its annual Christmas Faire during the North Scituate Christmas in the Village Candlelight Stroll on Friday, December 6 from 3-8 and Saturday, December 7 from 9-3. There will be a large selection of Christmas arrangements made with fresh greenery. The Faire will feature a White Elephant Table, Book Nook with toys, CDs and puzzles, Handmade items and a large Penny Social/Raffle with many Gift Certificates from Area Businesses. Take home some freshly baked goodies or Vermont Cheese. Visit the Holly Berry Café for a hot meal or snack. We have added a Children’s Shopping Room where an adult will help your child purchase and wrap gifts for loved ones. The church is located at 619 West Greenville Road with plenty of parking.

The Smithfield Times, Inc. 37

It’s almost Christmas! Yes, I guess you already know that. You’ll have to excuse my enthusiasm, but I can get a bit over the top this time of year. I like the decorations, bright and colorful ornaments, television specials, even the holiday music that seems to play from Halloween to Christmas. When I hear Jingle Bells, I feel inspired to sing along. And, I am a big fan of all the holiday desserts and treats.

Truth be told- when I see all those chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, peppermint – well, you get the point- holiday treats, I absolutely lose control. Yes, when I enter a room and see them lined up in a colorful display, I feel a bit woozy, a little out of breath, my heart might even skip a beat. It’s just wonderful. It brings me back to my childhood. And my mother’s Christmas bonus.

Every year, my mother’s boss would give out a Christmas bonus. I would never know the exact day she’d get it. She liked to keep it a surprise. But, as soon as the first week of December hit, I knew it wouldn’t be long. I would wait with anticipation. I would start thinking about what we were going to buy. I would look through the grocery flyers from the expensive stores and start making a mental list. And, then, finally, on that special day, I would walk in the door from school and just know. My mother had that look on her face. It was joy. There was just a spectacular energy in the room.

Before I could get settled in, off we would go- on our way to the expensive specialty stores that only sold treats and desserts for our yearly visit. My mother would let me pick out the items. So, as you might guess, I would pick out anything and everything that looked delicious, exotic and expensive. Calories and price didn’t matter. We were going to have a feast.

When we got home, we carefully placed all the treats on our best Christmas platters, the ones that she kept in tissue paper in the back of the cupboard. We would take out our napkins with poinsettias on them. We would set aside a special plate for my father, who worked the night shift as a police officer. Then, as we listened to Christmas music on the radio, we would dig in. We talked about anything and everything, until we were too full, and just a little bit – maybe a lot – sick from all the sugar.

I can’t remember exactly what we bought, or what we talked about, but I remember vividly how I felt that night. I can still feel that special tinge of excitement and joy I felt as I walked in the door to see my mother waiting. I can feel the absolute pride, appreciation and happiness I felt picking out and sharing those special treats with her. And, I can still feel that magical feeling that made me think – on that night- everything was totally right in our little world.

That night we had everything. We had delectable treats and love, kindness, appreciation, undivided attention and time. Pretty awesome gifts. It was just magical how my mother’s Christmas bonus could buy us all that- simply everything we needed.

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