I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but time sure seems to speed up as the years pass. It may be like one of those double-blind drug research programs where one group is given the real drug and another group is given a placebo pill that looks the same as the real thing. Neither the test subjects nor the ones giving the pills know which is which.

Naturally the drug maker is in hopes that the real pill is a winner; however, sometimes just as many people feel better regardless of which group, they were in.

So, is time moving quicker or do some of us just think it is?

Phrase like these are common:

“Time sure is flying.”

“I can’t believe how fast time goes.”

“Where did all the time go?”

“It seems like we just took down the tree.”

“I can’t believe how fast they grew up.”

You get the idea and you probably have a few more to add to the list, but what good will it do? We feel the way we feel and that’s the way it is.

There is a school of thought that suggests we have stronger memories of big life events such as first date, first big vacation, first born, or first car. You get the idea, those things that made you extremely happy.

Not so long ago, my brother was very happy to learn he was going to be a grandfather for the first time.

In talking with his daughter about the news, while she loves children this will be her first and is experiencing the concerns and emotions that most newly expecting mothers do. I for one, look forward to meeting our new family member and my brother will surly be sporting a new “I’m a Proud Grand Paw” bumper sticker very soon.

November has opened the flood gate of memories for all of us. I enjoyed many Veterans Day celebrations this year. It’s always an honor to attend, listen, watch, learn and try to document some part of the activities. Often is the case that a new story develops.

I love the Carolinas and our nation and I fully understand that there is a cost for the liberties that we are so blessed to enjoy. We endeavor to produce segments every year that in some way honor the men and women who have and do serve our nation. These memories are unforgettable.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then Christmas officially arrives. For me these two celebrations seem to blend. Maybe it’s because the two months are filled with nonstop activities. It is on Thanksgiving evening that Forest City, North Carolina has a grand celebration and lights the town for the Christmas season. Thousands attend the ceremony with a steady flow of visitors till the end of the year. It’s one of our special Carolina Christmas activities which has also been featured in one of our 10 Christmas specials.

So that brings me back to how fast time seems to pass. I have spent a lot of time producing Christmas stories and I loved them all. It all started with those wonderful childhood Christmas gatherings that my mother produced. She did it because she loved Christmas, but more than that she loved her family and Christmas was a good reason to bring everyone together. She was a smart lady.

It is said if you want to slow the speed of the ever-increasing passing of time, do something new. Don’t simply rely on all your past great memories; Make some new great ones. So that’s what I set out to do every Christmas season. That’s why the tree goes up early.

Sure, time may speed by quickly, but we now know how to slow it down just a bit and do something special.

Let us all be grateful for our veterans, thankful for our harvest and full of celebration of the reason for the season.

Carl White is the executive producer and host of the award winning syndicated TV show “Carl White’s Life In the Carolinas.” The weekly show is in its seventh year of syndication and can be seen in the Greenville, Spartanburg viewing market on WLOS ABC 5 a.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays at WMYA My 40. Visit www.lifeinthecarolinas.com, email White at Carl@lifeinthecarolinas.com