Christmas Is Over: Now What?

By: 
Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Post Christmas blues may be affecting some people after the exciting holiday activities are over, gifts have been opened, and visitors have returned home. Goinswriter.com reports that some people are still running on fumes from the emotional high that opening presents and seeing family brought. The website suggests that writing feelings down, honoring them, and then letting them go is one way to handle the emotions. Wikihow.com suggests looking at the good side to the end of the holidays and think about the chance you have to rest, relax, and enjoy yourself. Cherish the memories that have been made, and prepare for the New Year. 
There are many different activities to look forward to after Christmas. Celebrations for the New Year are taking place locally that might just chase away the blues beginning with a Pre-New Year’s Smothered Pork Chop Dinner and Sock Hop Dance at American Legion Post 217, on December 27. An $8 entry fee includes dinner, dancing, a hula hoop contest, bubblegum contest, raffle and tunes from the 50s and 60s. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Shriners Children’s Hospital.
The Landing Bar and Grill, at 305 W. Main, will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special menu of foods from the 1920s. It normally closes at 8 PM, but will “go with the flow” on New Year’s Eve and stay open as long as needed.  North Levee Restaurant and Lounge, at 1895 Main Street, has big plans for New Year’s Eve with dinner specials, drink and shot specials throughout the night, and a champagne toast at midnight. There will be appetizers not on their regular menu, and a one-man band – Healing Box Project presents Dave Dunklee, which is music with a cause. The Healing Box Project is raising money to purchase guitars and supplies for soldiers as a heartfelt gift for their service to our country and us. R-Bar Grill, at 31390 Warsaw Avenue, will celebrate on New Year’s Eve by opening up from 5 PM until midnight. There will be karaoke at 9 PM.
Sitting in front of the TV will be worthwhile on New Year’s Day when the Beautiful Rose Bowl Parade is televised along with the Rose Bowl Football game, both in Pasadena, California.
January is a good time for other indoor activities, and there is no shortage of these coming up. The Warsaw Library begins its Adult Reading Program January 2 through February 15 for those who want to read for a chance to win prizes in weekly and grand prize drawings. Prizes are provided by Warsaw Fitness, Integrated Fitness, Redwing Coffee, Subway of Warsaw, and Primitive Olde Crowe & Winery. For more information, call 660-438-5211. The Cole Camp 
Library plans a Holiday Movie Pajama Party for the family on January 4, at 10 AM. The movie will be about a magical train trip to the North Pole and there will be cookies, drinks and popcorn.
Warsaw’s Senior Center, located in Harbor Village at 17509 N. Dam Access Road, has daily activities Monday through Friday and lunch is served from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. Crafting activities include Beading, Crochet/Knitting, and Sewing on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 PM. Pilates exercises are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays, at 8:30 AM. Zumba Gold takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 AM. Line Dancing – Steps is on Mondays at 9:30 AM, and Joint-friendly exercise is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 AM. Tai Chi is offered on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 to 11 AM. Other activities are the Open Computer Room, from 8 AM to 4 PM, daily when no computer classes are scheduled. Guitar lessons are on Monday at 10 AM, Jam Session is the first and third Wednesdays from 1 to 4 PM, and Weight Watchers meet on Mondays at 5 PM. For more information, call 660-430-3300.
Wine, Antiques and More, in Cole Camp, is offering January Chalk & Talk on January 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. It is located at 301 E. Main Street.
Eagle Day comes to the Harry S. Truman Visitor Center on January 11, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Live Eagle Programs in the theater will be held at 10 and 11 AM, and 12, 1, 2 and 3 PM.
For those who would like to take a little drive, the Big Boys Gun and Knife Show will be held in Stover at its Community Center on January 17 – 18, Friday from 5 to 9 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM. Entry fee is $5. Children 12 and under are free.
February is the traditional Warsaw Lions Club Youth Basketball Tournament from February 3 through 8. The event will be held in the Warsaw Community Building. Information is available by calling 660-438-2847
Chuck Allcorn, of Hawthorn Bank, said that the Jubilee Days Committee will begin planning the 2020 event at the end of January when it attends the Missouri Fairs and Festivals Convention in Columbia. He also asked readers to “Put a smile on your face,” because the beginning of the Paddlefish Snagging season begins March 15, which is only 80 days from the publication of this week’s Benton County Enterprise. He said that this is also the beginning of the season for local marinas and hotels.
 

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