If Confucius was alive today, he probably would say, “White meat is for eating on Thanksgiving Day. Dark is for sandwiches later.’’

At least that is what Dan Anderson said when I saw him in church Sunday.

It doesn’t matter now to people who are down in the Twin Cities to watch the UND hockey game against the University of Minnesota. Or to the UND football players who will have tents to dress in for their playoff game Saturday at Nicholls State of Thibodaux in Louisiana.

It’s time now to shop for Christmas. And let the Christmas cards fly. The first of the season found its way to my mailbox. Once again, it’s from Jackie and Tom Saddler. It seems sort of early, but they need to get moving. They have friends scattered around the country from the days before he retired from the Air Force.

The jolly ho-ho-ho season surrounds all of us in “the Forks.” For many, the annual Christmas Musicale presented by the Thursday Music Club is the official beginning of the season here. And it is coming up at 4 p.m. in another week -- on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Calvary Lutheran Church.

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Highlights of the holidays include the LEGO displays at HB Sound & Light. There’s a Santa Home Swim Meet at Hyslop Sports Center Dec. 7. The GOP Republican Women’s House tour is set for Dec. 7-8. And the Lorie Line Holiday Extravanga will be on Dec. 12 at the Chester Fritz.

So much. So soon. It’s here!

Lefse and chippers

There are people like Else Rike and Evelyn Hensrud who excel at making lefse. And there’s the annual pilgrimage to Widman’s candy shop for chippers.

There was a sign in Widman’s shop saying Chippers were going out this week to: Austin, Texas, Uniontown, Ky., Syracuse, N.Y., San Francisco and Bismarck.

The late George and Betty Widman started creating chippers in Grand Forks 70 years ago. Probably it helped to raise their six children. Now there are three Widman’s candy stores. One in Fargo. One in Crookston. And the original store here in Grand Forks.

Dan, who runs the Grand Forks shop at 106 Third St. S., says as a kid he always liked bubble gum.

Sadie and Jack

Cheerful people of the week: Sadie Ripley and Jack Robertson.

(Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or by telephone at 701-772-1055)