It is bone chilling cold in Eyota today! The wind whipped through the Kwik Trip parking lot out by Highway 14 and cut through winter coats like a knife...even the gas pumps shivered in the arctic blast! Thankfully, the sun was shining and made the cold feel a little bit better.

The seasons have quickly changed from Thanksgiving to Advent as people begin to get ready for Christmas. The twinkling lights are beginning to appear in peoples' yards and windows and the boys and girls are talking about the annual visit from Santa. In fact, the women of Eyota invited Santa to come for an early visit to meet the boys and girls at the Eyota Legion Hall last Saturday. Santa worked this visit into his already very busy schedule.

The Christmas lights are up on the street light poles in and around Eyota and the season is beginning to look quite festive. As of this writing the Eyota Kids' Korner is getting ready for its annual Christmas program put on by the boys and girls who go there for child care. Also the Dover-Eyota Public Schools are putting on a variety of Christmas concerts and programs for the community. The churches in town are also planning some beautiful expressions of the Christmas season.

Soon, Brad and Ben from the city public works department will be getting the ice skating rink ready for winter fun at West Side Park. (Especially if the weather stays this cold!) They also have the snowplows all ready to go out every time the snowflakes fall.

Right now all the citizens of Eyota are reminded to get their pets vaccinated and licensed for the new year coming up. The licenses are available at Eyota City Hall.

The people of Eyota reach out to wish everyone a very blessed and meaningful Christmas season and a very happy year for 2014.

Please drive carefully. On dark, snowy, days please drive with your lights ON. Please wear your seat belts and DO NOT use your cell phone while driving.

You are always welcome in Eyota. Drop in at the Country Cafe across from the post office and spend some time visiting with your neighbor.

The coffee is on, come on in and get warm!

Merry Christmas!

Mark Woodward,