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The Jackson Electric Membership Corporation float is shown in the Jefferson Christmas parade on Saturday.

Irma Heredia and her daughter, Valerie, 20-months-old, roasted marshmallows during Nicholson’s annual Christmas celebration at the Benton Center.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in Jefferson in the annual Christmas parade on Saturday.

Graceful Gospel Dance Academy rode through the streets of downtown Commerce in their candy-themed float that read “Jesus, the sweetest name I know.”

Bethany Meacacke, 10, is shown at Commerce’s annual Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Casey Ann Knight, Linda Goodman and Rhonda Porter are shown at the Benton Center during the City of Nicholson’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

Santa Clause visited Commerce on Sunday, Dec. 8. Here he is shown waving to the crowd during the town’s annual Christmas parade.

Where you are supposed to be

I drove to Athens to check out a sale that I go to every year. I thought I might find a few stocking stuffers for the family. I have been to this sale several years and I always find something.

I looked through the jewelry and scarves and other items. I didn’t see one thing that I thought would make a good gift for anyone on my list.

As I walked back to the parking deck where I had to pay to park, I thought what a wasted trip I had made to Athens. Waste of time. Waste of gas. Waste of money I had to pay to park.

Just as I was getting all grumpy, I heard a voice yelling my name, “Angela Gary.” I looked around. Didn’t see anyone but I heard it several more times. A little louder each time. “Angela Gary! ANGELA GARY!!!”

It was a friend. He said he was about to call me and tell me that his sister had a heart attack and was on life support. She was in critical condition. I hugged him. Told him I would pray for him. Walked back to the car and prayed for him before I left the parking deck. Got my prayer list out and added his sister’s name to it, along with his name.

Thought about it as I drove home. Guess it wasn’t a wasted trip to Athens after all. God always puts us right where He wants us to be. God is always up to something. It is a blessing to be just a small part of it.

Theatre group plans 'It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play'

Rogue Spirit Productions plans its holiday production, "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" in December.

"Join the cast of Rogue Spirit Productions as they present the timeless classic It's a Wonderful Life as an exciting radio play," organizers state. "Be transported back to a 1940s radio station and watch/listen to actors ‘broadcast’ the play as George Bailey struggles to understand the importance of his life and helps Clarence get his wings."

Performances are planned Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.; and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. All will be held at the Jackson County Historic Courthouse, 85 Washington St., Jefferson.

Tickets are $10 and are available (cash or check) in Jefferson at the Jackson County Historic Courthouse.

Online/credit card purchases can be made at www.eventbrite.com. Search event: It’s a Wonderful Life or go to the Facebook event page and click on the link for the show you want to attend.

Seating is limited. This show might sell out so advanced ticket purchase is advised.

For more information, contact rogue.spirit.theatre@gmail.com.