The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Christmas Is Almost Here

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

December 14, 2011

We have been working non-stop at "The Quill" trying to finish the sixty-some page 2011 "Christmas book" and at the same time meet our Quill newspaper deadline for this week's newspapers.

It is always a big challenge to finish when it depends on so many factors including others meeting our deadlines. It seems people are getting busier and busier, and they are not able at times, to really enjoy the precious Christmas season.

I realize what a gift it is for me to actually focus on the Christmas season as I put together this amazing book of greetings and stories to our readers.

We started printing a Christmas book in December 1993, and we are working on our 18th edition this year. There's been a lot of businesses close, and new ones starting and it is a good way to look back and see who they are. People are amazing and so excited to put their greeting out to the community. Sometimes we don't really stop to think how much we depend on each other in our communities.

We hear a lot of complaining, at times and so we assume that people don't give us a second thought. But, it is not true. In picking up and preparing ads for the many businesses, owners have real concern for their customers and they express their appreciation for our support.

I just love the Christmas season, because it not only makes us celebrate the birth of Jesus, but it also makes us look around at what we have in this small rural area of the U.S.A. We really do watch out for each other and serve each other the best we can with our limited time. We even come together to celebrate community events, and to gather food, clothes, and toys for others. Nothing feeds our inner beings like an act of kindness toward someone else.

Do you agree? We do live in the best place in the world!