I just left the CYCA office where I was able to get my dogs’ photos taken with Santa and see our Community Director, Kristan Huntley, in an elf costume – best $10 I’ve spent in a while! Do I feel bad about taking my stinky, geriatric pups in there without giving them a bath first? A little. Did I have time to give those baths? Oh, heck no! The holiday season has officially started for me, and I’m off on a dead run barreling toward the new year.

For the last few years, I’ve been what most would consider a “Grinch.” It may have started when my mother broke her back putting up her ridiculously extravagant Christmas light display (think “Griswold Christmas”) or maybe the first time I heard “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in a store the day after Halloween. Either way, I’m not really a fan of shopping, crowds, traffic, Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, ringing bells, or those sweet goodies that manage to put a couple extra inches on my waistline every December. Oddly enough, I did enjoy the Christmas carolers that popped up in the neighborhood last year….but I digress.

This Grinch has too much going on this month to plot against Christmas coming to Whoville! Saturday, December 3 the St. Jude Marathon aid station and cheering section is a Cooper-Young tradition that can’t be missed. Tuesday, December 13 is the CYCA Holiday and Volunteer Thank You Party where we get to show our volunteers how much their support means to our community. Who will win the Alexia Hampton Award this year? I know who it is, but I’m not telling! Saturday, December 17 we’re stuffing the CYCA Membership Renewal letters, eating snacks, and avoiding the holiday sales. Everyone deserves a break, right? And don’t forget the Police and Fire Department Goodie Bag Stuffing on Christmas Eve! Off, off, and away!

June Hurt

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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