• LaTonya Victoria

All I Want for Christmas

...is this week's Word on the Street!

It is hard for me to believe that the 2021 Holiday Season is upon us. The Holidays are one of my favorite times of year. I love thinking back on memories created during the Holidays spent with family and friends. I fondly reminisce about the time and attention that goes into selecting the personal gifts for those important to us and the excitement of unwrapping those pretty packages and gift bags. As we get older, we realize that it is not so much about the material things that matter, but the actual time that we can spend with our friends and loved one. I spoke with several people in the Miami Valley and asked them what they were planning to do over the Holidays and received a variety of responses.


I spoke with Chris Martin who works for Pentaflex Inc. and lives in Springfield. Chris said, “I’m planning on going to my family’s Christmas party in Lexington, KY. I’m also planning to catch up on some reading. I love Stuart Woods novels and I’m not caught up on them. I’m going to get a couple of those books. I have time off from work so I will be able to catch up on my reading. I also plan to spend some time with my immediate family. My nieces and my nephew. I’m thankful that I have some time off from work. I’ll catch up on that reading and spend time with family. That’s what I plan on doing during the holidays.”



Stephen Shockley is the Founder and Musical Director of Lakeside. Stephen replied, “My plans for the holidays involve throwing a great concert at the Masonic Center on Sunday, December 19th. and having a lot of fun. It’s a concert slash mascaraed ball. If you dress like a pirate or a winch you could win $100 for the best dressed. I’m looking forward to doing that.”



Gary Cauler lives in Huber Heights. Gary shared, “…this will be our first Christmas at the house. Getting back to family. Getting back to the reason that Christmas exist. I think Covid has helped to change that. Covid has caused us to have more intimate gatherings allowing the family to get together more intimately and to continue the legacy of family.”

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