The Norman Transcript

December 25, 2013

Signs of the season

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The more obvious retail signs of Christmas started long before the Halloween candy was marked down on Nov. 1. Some of the other signs took a little longer. Here are some of our merry observations from the past few weeks.

Post office customers with armloads of packages usually get the door opened for them. We’ve seen folks hold the door for a long time as they notice someone coming with lots to mail.

The plywood signs welcoming all to the 27th annual Norman Christmas Day Community Dinner go up around the city. Bob Magarian and his gaggle of volunteers will serve from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Norman High School. With takeouts, they will likely fill up about 2,000 plates.

Postal service, UPS and Fed-Ex trucks operate at nearly all hours of the day and night. Without seeing them, you start to recognize the difference between fleets by sound. The drivers are working extra shifts. They don’t want to get the blame for a missing Christmas present.

Traveling across the city, even before the holiday buzz, is an ordeal due to the interstate and Main Street overpass construction. Shoppers always seem to find back ways to get to where they need to go.

Churches begin decorating for Christmas the Sunday before in hopes of reminding their congregations of the reason for the celebration. Families with several generations in tow arrive on time for services only to find “their” usual seats were taken long ago.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

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