A Christmas nightmare

Published 7:59 pm Thursday, October 25, 2018

know Halloween is near, but the nightmare I had the other night was about Christmas.

In my dream, I was rushing around panic stricken because it was Christmas Eve and I had yet to put up the tree.

In this frightened state, I was trying to figure out how on earth I was going to pull the tree down from the attic, get all the lights and ornaments on and make sure all the gifts were wrapped.

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To heck with the other decorations yet to be placed throughout the house, the tree was a must.

Although I was dreaming, I still had awareness of how disappointed my family would be if there was no Christmas tree or gifts!

After waking up and realizing it was still October, I was relieved. I still had time to prepare for the season.

Initially, I blamed this terrifying dream on my job.

For the past few weeks, all of us in the newsroom have been working feverishly to put out the November/December issue of Vicksburg Living.

There are a couple Christmas stories in the magazine yours truly wrote, and I was also fortunate enough to be assigned the shopping pages.

Don’t get me wrong. I will never turn down an opportunity to shop.

I just thought focusing so much attention on Christmas this early had inserted into my REM sleep thoughts of the holidays already upon us.

However, I’m not sure I can throw the blame of my dream on to my job.

Look around; stores already have their holiday wares displayed.

From Christmas trees to garland to wrapping paper.

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year. The food and the fellowship are great, and for locals there are a ton of activities scheduled.

But for just a few more days, I want to enjoy the calm of fall.

There is nothing pressing happening for me except maybe a little yard clean up. And since I don’t have children living at home anymore, I don’t have to worry about making costumes for Halloween or mapping out a trick-or-treat plan.

I can sit back, relax and enjoy one more cup of coffee. I can read a few more pages of my book at night.

The holidays are nearing, and it will be a busy time.

So, for now, I am going to choose to soak up as much calm as possible.

If only I could bank those tranquil moments!

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer at The Vicksburg Post. Readers are invited to submit their opinions for publication.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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