Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Dec 04, 2013

Christmas season

However you chose to spend your holiday, I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving. I trust everyone survived the crazy Black Friday sales and found what they wanted or needed. I also hope you spent Saturday shopping at your favorite local retailer. And if you didn’t, there are still 21 shopping days before Christmas!

I enjoyed cooking with my mother on Thanksgiving and eating with her, my husband and my father-in-law who was here visiting us.

But the holiday weekend was no time for relaxation. We had moving to do! Did you know Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest moving times of the year? Neither did I until I tried to rent a moving truck this past weekend. While the customer service representative said I was lucky to even get a truck on Sunday, we were told it wouldn’t be available until 2 p.m. — giving us three hours of daylight to load and unload. But someone must have been looking out for me because the truck was dropped off early and we were able to get everything to the new house by 5:30 p.m.

So we’re settling into our new space and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy a shorter drive to work each day.

With none stop Christmas songs on the radio now, I am 100 percent in the Christmas spirit. I was so jealous of all the Christmas tree photos my friends were posting on Facebook over the weekend. We had to forgo the tradition of tree hunting the day after Thanksgiving because of the move, but come Friday we will have a real tree and as soon as I can dig out the Christmas decorations from our towers of boxes – the house will be full of Christmas cheer!

If you are not in the Christmas spirit yet, this week will surely get you there. Haywood County will have three Christmas parades this week. Canton will kick off the parade series at 6 p.m. tomorrow followed by Maggie Valley’s parade at 6 p.m. Saturday and Waynesville will hold its parade at 6 p.m. Monday on Main Street.

Another great way to find your holiday happiness is to watch one of my all-time Christmas favorites, “A Christmas Carol,” which premieres this Friday at HART. This is the second year HART has done the Christmas classic and they are doing it right — large cast, authentic costumes and HART’s executive director Steven Lloyd will play the part of Scrooge. Next week our theater correspondent Mary Ann Enloe will have a review on the show.


Next Generation

In the center of this week’s Guide you will find our second installment of Haywood’s Next Generation. This is a monthly section devoted to families, parenting and children. Its goal is to help parents find things to do locally with their children and also offer advice from another Haywood County mom Susanna Barbee. Susanna is a local educator, mom and writer. She will be writing a column for the special section each month but you can also read more from her by visiting her parenting blog

This month Susanna also wrote a feature story on the importance of budgeting for the holidays. The Mountaineer’s Facebook friends also weighed in on how they budget for their children at Christmas. December is a great time to find fun activities to do with the kids while they are home for Christmas break. Check out the section and let me know what you think. If you know of any upcoming events or story ideas that you think should be included in the January issue, please email me at

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