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Teresa Lee Rainey
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A Heartfelt Christmas
By Teresa Lee Rainey

This December, I look forward to returning home for a huge holiday gathering with my family. There is one event, a family tradition, I can hardly wait to experience again. I am basking in past Christmas Eve memories of grandparents, Mom and Dad, my husband and children, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends of the family gathering around the Christmas tree to listen to the story of Christ’s birth. The look of pure joy on many cherished faces as this story is read always warms my soul.

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A Christian Carole (With Apologies to Charles Dickens)
By John Hunt

The crowd’s raucous laughter blurred into a macabre hum, while the pounding beat of the music reverberated through me.

"Why have you brought me here?" I demanded from the stranger.

Without saying a word, the foreboding figure pointed toward the corner of the room. There, seated on a barstool, was a much younger version of myself, feigning laughter as I swapped banter with the small group of people.

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Take to heart Antique Holiday
By Joanne Malley

Ahhh, the holidays! There’s shopping, baking, wrapping, eating (excuse me – too much eating!), and gifts. There’s crowded malls, family get-togethers, Christmas trees, and…yum – sweet, luscious apple pie and chocolate chip cookie dough! Oh, my – did I forget Santa Claus?

Speaking of good ol’ jolly St. Nick … how old do you suppose he is? Just old? A relic? An antique? Ancient? Let’s not even ponder. He’s as ageless as our love for him.

The thought of him warms my heart. He’s an endearing character with a gentle spirit, lovable nature and joyful attitude. I won’t leave out those adorable, red, rosy cheeks or jelly belly – they’re exactly what make him look "jolly." After all these years, he’s still gets an open invitation into our homes through our dirty, dusty fireplaces. And, he still comes back for more…go figure!

I certainly haven’t forgotten the true meaning of Christmas as I bantered on about Santa though. How could I?

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