By Sarah Schrock

This adaptation of the “12 Days of Christmas” was inspired by Sarah Prochnau from TwispWorks, who introduced me to the term “Twispmas” at Gear Up for the holidays last week.

The event was a hit, and I finally got to meet Deb Schrock, the wrangler from Sun Mountain. Now, this might seem trivial except my sister’s name is Deb(bie) Schrock and when I heard there was a Deb Schrock in the valley, I was floored.

Now, just to clear up all confusion, we surmised we are not related. Nor am I related to Larry or Jane Schrock, but my dad’s name happens to be Larry, and my middle name is Jane … so it’s all very confusing, and there really aren’t that many Schrocks in the world anyway unless you are Amish, which we are not.

But, as my 5-year-old frequently retells his understanding of the story of Eve, or perhaps he’s aware of the genetically proven fact that every person on Earth right now can trace his or her lineage back to a single common female ancestor who lived around 200,000 years ago, he often says “we all came from one mother, so we are all family.” Yep, one big human family.

The 12 Days of TWISPMAS

On the first day of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

A bowl of Emily Post pottery.

On the second of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

Two eqpd totes, and a bowl of Emily Post pottery.

On the third day of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

Three Nice Nests, two eqpd totes, and bowl of Emily Post pottery.

On the fourth day of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

Four Les Schwab tires, three Nice Nests, two eqpd totes, and bowl of Emily Post pottery.

On the fifth day of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

Five honey jars, four Les Schwab tires, three Nice Nests, two eqpd totes, and a bowl of Emily Post pottery.

On the sixth day of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

Six Ashford scarves, five honey Jars, four Les Schwab tires, three Nice Nests, two eqpd totes, and a bowl of Emily Post pottery.

On the seventh day of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

Seven Lucid Glassworks, six Ashford scarves, five honey jars, four Les Schwab tires, three Nice Nests, two eqpd totes, and a bowl of Emily Post pottery.

On the eighth day of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

Eight Molly’s Soap bars, seven Lucid Glassworks, six Ashford scarves, five honey jars, four Les Schwab tires, three Nice Nests, two eqpd totes, and a bowl of Emily Post pottery.

On the ninth day of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

Nine Pinetooth T-shirts, eight Molly’s Soap bars, seven Lucid Glassworks, six Ashford scarves, five honey jars, four Les Schwab tires, three Nice Nests, two eqpd totes, and a bowl of Emily Post pottery.

On the tenth day of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

Ten Glover Street smoothies, nine Pinetooth T-shirts, eight Molly’s Soap bars, seven Lucid Glassworks, six Ashford scarves, five honey jars, four Les Schwab tires, three Nice Nests, two eqpd totes, and a bowl of Emily Post pottery.

On the eleventh day of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

Eleven Ringgold earrings, ten Glover Street Smoothies, nine Pinetooth T-shirts, eight Molly’s Soap bars, seven Lucid Glassworks, six Ashford scarves, five honey jars, four Les Schwab tires, three Nice Nests, two eqpd totes, and a bowl of Emily Post pottery.

On the twelfth day of Twispmas, my neighbor gave to me:

Twelve Blue Star coffees, eleven Ringgold earrings, ten Glover Street smoothies, Nine Pinetooth T-shirts, eight Molly’s Soap bars, seven Lucid Glassworks, six Ashford scarves, five honey jars, four Les Schwab tires, three Nice Nests, two eqpd totes, and a bowl of Emily Post pottery.

With the countdown on, the onslaught of holiday activities is already taking its toll. My kid passed out at The Merc’s performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Sunday with a fever. But that just comes with the holiday territory and it didn’t diminish our enjoyment of the play, which runs every night from Thursday (Dec. 14) through Saturday, with the final matinee performance on Sunday (Dec. 17).

When it comes to amateur children’s theater, this performance is well-polished, humorous, and a perfectly endearing holiday show that will entertain all ages. Make a point of going, and now you can reserve seats in advance up to an hour before the show on The Merc website!

Courtesy of Amanda and Tom Gehring
Putting up holiday decorations at the Gehrings’ House on Glover Street. Nova, 8, and Maya, 4, get into the spirit.

But on to more pressing local Twispmas news. There appears to be total breakdown in the wild Christmas tree cutting permit system that the U.S. Forest Service issues. Traditionally, tags have been available at Hank’s Harvest Foods, the Mini-mart, Pardners in Winthrop, and the Goat’s Beard in Mazama. However, reports keep coming in that everywhere except the Forest Service office itself seems to be sold out, causing a lot of confusion and possible poaching of Christmas trees for seasoned tree cutters who try to buy a permit on a weekend when the office is closed.

My understanding is that there’s not a shortage of permits per se, but the Forest Service person who distributes the tags to local vendors has been on leave, creating an artificial shortage (which I am sure there’s an economic term for, but I only got through Econ 101 in college). It’s sheer havoc for permit-seekers as the local vendors don’t have permits to issue. Holy tannenbaum!

The local skyline will soon be less cluttered with the removal of the iconic fuel silos located on Fifth Street and Highway 20 adjacent to Quality Lube. The fuel tanks will be transported to Palm Construction on Horizon Flats in Winthrop. But that’s all I know about that.

Finally, Christmas decorations are popping up around town, and I want to make special mention of Tom and Amanda Gehring’s house on Glover Street and Fifth Avenue. As the owner of New Dimension Painting, Tom has for years utilized spent brushes as his holiday display. This year is no exception, and to help with the finishing touches his two daughters Nova and Maya got into the spirit!

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