The holidays are here bringing good tidings and cheer. ’Tis the season to reflect, rejoice and give thanks.

Yet, for all the wonderful moments during the holiday season, there is a slightly nutty side that makes you happy when it’s all over. I’m no Scrooge but simply making an observation as I ask you to imagine the following scenario:

You’re invited to a relative’s house for Christmas, an aunt or uncle who has adult children with children and who is knee-deep in toddlers. You are part of this kooky, lovable family. You know the ones, the relatives you see only at funerals, holidays and weddings.

You arrive with gifts, aluminum-covered food dishes and bottles of, ahem, spirits in hand. The latter is for the nerves that will no doubt become jangled before this day is done.

There was the packing of the car with presents and food and then the unpacking of the car once arriving at your destination— the house with the 50 cars trailing about half a mile down the street. You park at the end of this long line of vehicles because you chose not to arrive early for fear of getting stuck with no quick way out. Once inside the door, relatives greet, hug and pinch you hello.

After grazing at dips, chips, cheese and meatball trays, it’s time to open gifts from these relatives you suspect are regifting. This is evident by the drugstore perfume that has dust on the box in a scent they don’t make anymore.

And if you’re single, the question inevitably surfaces: “So when are you settling down?” As if being single means you’re unsettled in life.

Before answering, you glance at your twice-married cousin on her third glass of something who is oblivious to her toddler chasing the dog with the gift bow stuck to its tail.

“I’m in no rush,” you answer, moving swiftly toward the patio door marked exit.

This, my friends, is the other side of Christmas. Happy holidays to you and yours.

Pilgrimage chairman honored

Guests gathered at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Charles Jenkins on Nov. 5 to honor 2015 Audubon Pilgrimage Chairman Christian Daniel Tregle.

Also honored were this year’s home and garden owners: Mary Cleland de Laureal Owen and C. B. Owen, of Retreat Plantation; Susie and Tom Tully, of Levert-Bockel House; Missy and Rob Couhig, of Dogwood; Betsy and Irv Daniel, of The Oaks; Trisha Aleshire, of Rosedown Plantation; John House, of Oakley Plantation; and Mrs. Morrell Trimble, of Afton Villa Gardens. All were recognized for their significant contributions to the annual Audubon Pilgrimage scheduled for March 20-22.

Guests enjoyed a buffet of Louisiana favorites prepared by Jane Daniel, Linda Flynn and Mary Godke, co-chairwomen, the West Feliciana Historical Society board members and Audubon Pilgrimage steering committee.

For details about the annual Audubon Pilgrimage event, visit www.audubon pilgrimage.info.

Amplify the ‘Ville

Sunday, Nov. 30 is the last day to vote for West Feliciana and a chance to win $25,000 in matching funds for an outdoor concert series in St. Francisville in 2015.

Vote for West Fel today by signing up at amp.levitt pavillions.org.

Other Louisiana cities applying for the grant are Lafayette and Monroe.

Public voting determines the top 20 finalists. The top 10 AMP grant recipients will be announced Dec. 15.

19th-century Christmas

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1-31, Rosedown’s main house and Nina’s wing will be dressed in historic 19th-century Christmas décor consisting of natural greenery garlands, fruit and nut displays, cypress and cedar wreaths and potted poinsettia blooms. For information, call (225) 635-3110.

December election

The West Feliciana Parish Registrar of Voters Office is located at 5932 Commerce St. in St. Francisville. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6.

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