THURSDAY IS the day set aside to be thankful and count our many blessings, but in this crazy world, do we take time?  There are so many distractions - parades, preparations for the turkey dinner with family and friends, and football.  Today there are even more distractions - shopping enticements to the usual Black Friday sales and the electronics which so many can’t turn off long enough to visit, carry on a conversation and have fun.  But, there’s no let up in next month’s activities which begin on Sunday.  
ADVENT BEGINS Sunday, December 1 followed by a few days to get ready for the busiest weekend of the month.  Belmont county Victorian Mansion will continue its “Magic of Christmas” showings, Thursdays through Sundays until the 22nd.  Their annual Victorian Christmas Tea will be Friday, the 6th.
DECEMBER 7 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, but we doubt if many will have time to acknowledge it.   The Chamber of Commerce’s Craft Fair will be held during the day.  The Corner Fitness-sponsored Santa Spirit Sprint starts at 4 p.m.,  followed by the lighted Christmas Parade at 5:30.  After the parade, Santa will visit with children in the Elementary School gym.  
For us Buckeye fans, it’s the Big 10 Championship game day.  
BUSINESS AFTER Hours will be hosted by WesBanco on the 12th. The Shamrocks go to Woodsfield to play Monroe Central on Friday, the 13th.  Senior Girl Scouts are holding their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday the 14th.  
AN OUTSTANDING motivational speaker, John O’Leary will present a program for the public at Barnesville High School on Thursday, the 19th in the evening.  
DECEMBER’S FULL moon is called the Cold Moon.  It will appear on the 17th.  
WINTER BEGINS officially on the 21st with the Winter Solstice.  The winter season brings the coldest weather, but it slowly brings us longer days.  From the shortest day on the 21st to the end of the month, our days will gain four minutes.
CHRISTMAS IS on Wednesday, the 25th.  Its mid-week date makes it difficult for those who have to travel any distance to be with family and friends.  The same situation occurs the following week in  celebrating New Year’s Eve and Day.  
jeanealities is compiled by Jean Palmer Davies, lifelong Barnesville Enterprise associate.  She may be reached at jeandavies@comcast.net