Restaurant preps for annual community dinner

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The Garcia family starts planning a year in advance for the annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant. Co-owner Joe Garcia said every year he starts preparation for the next Christmas dinner the day after the big event, using the latest head count and factoring in other projections to ensure there is plenty of […]

My turn: Chocolate blessing too

I like Christmas. I try to remember the holiday really is about a loving God stooping to our level, becoming human, to save us from our own shortcomings. At the same time, I enjoy family, presents, the decorated tree and other things about the season. When I stop and look, I see the love and […]

Christmas wishes may not happen

Kevin Wilson I’m hard to shop for, so I like to build wish lists. Here are a couple of things that don’t fit on standard wish lists, though. • I wish people would actually do what they promise when they run for election, and the recent compromise between President Obama and Republicans on extending the […]

My turn: Christmas card tradition continues

Helena Rodriguez My Christmas cards will be late this year, but after a joyfully chaotic move during Advent, I was determined not to let die in my household this holiday tradition which requires pen and ink, not a keyboard, and actual stamps, not merely a “send” button. On Sunday night, my dining room table was […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Dinner for airmen, resolutions and a film classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Christmas eve First Presbyterian Church in Portales has scheduled its annual Community Christmas Eve Service for 11 p.m. Friday. The service includes special music, readings and traditional Christmas hymns. And, First Baptist Church is holding a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Friday. Both […]

Peace during holiday chaos possible

Karl Terry Peace at Christmas can mean a lot of different things to each of us. A Facebook posting from a high school classmate this week asked the question of her friends, What was at the top of our prayer list these days? I noticed that more than half the answers that came back mentioned […]

Jesus’ birth quite a story

Have you given any thought to whether there were any cows in the barn on Christmas Eve that night two thousand and ten years ago? All Luke says is there was a manger. It doesn’t take much Bible reading to inform us that cows have been domesticated for centuries. Why, Adam even named ‘em. They’re […]

Clovis resident hosting charity light show

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With 7,000 lights and Christmas music, visitors can take part in the holiday spirit. A holiday display at 1024 Jeanie Drive in Clovis is lit 7-9 p.m. nightly through Christmas for people to enjoy. With the tunes from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, the Boston Pops, The Carpenters, as well as classic children’s holiday songs and […]

My turn: Christmas eases stress of moving

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Chaos! That’s how I describe moving during Christmas time. For the second time in eight years, I’m moving during Advent, the season that’s supposed to be a period of joyful expectation as we wait upon baby Jesus. So what do I have? “Joyful chaos!” It’s like the saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” […]

Community helps spread Christmas cheer at children’s homes

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By Alisa Boswell: PNT staff writer A day at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales is almost like any other family household. There is the daily routine of the children going to school, coming home and doing chores and homework. But during the holidays, family takes on a special meaning with lots of […]

Christmas cheer lifts spirits

What is it about this time of the year that makes it so different from any other? Why are our spirits lifted to the strains of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friends and family’s thoughts turn toward home? Could it just be the Christ Child brings light and hope to a […]

Christmas parade lights up Portales

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Argen Duncan With antique trucks, horses wearing Christmas lights, Santa Claus and Nativity scenes, the annual Christmas Jubilee Lighted Parade rolled through Portales Friday night. For the 24th annual Jubilee, organized by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, the weather was breezy and mild. Chamber Executive Director and Portales Mayor Sharon King said the parade […]

Cannon celebrates holidays

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Linda Mobley, left, and her daughters Mauriana Mobley, middle, Eve-Alexa Mobley, right, and Venizia Mobley, front, pose for a photo taken by her husband Master Sgt. Will Mobley. Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base personnel gathered to celebrate Christmas with a tree lighting and Christmas parade. The event took place […]

NORAD to track Santa for Christmas

21st Space Wing Public Affairs PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — For the 55th consecutive year, the men and women of the North American Aerospace Defense Command are preparing to track Santa. The NORAD Tracks Santa web site,www.noradsanta.org, went live Dec. 3 and features holiday games and activities that change daily. The website is available […]

Portales past: Dec. 25, 1983

Dec. 25, 1983: Portales News-Tribune: Dear Santa, Merry Christmas! I hope you have a good Christmas and a happy new year! I wont a remote control car and a soccer ball. Your friend, Denver Collins

Portales past: Dec. 14, 1956

Dec. 14, 1956: The Portales Daily News: According to their annual custom, three clubs at Eastern New Mexico University gave a Christmas party for children from the Baptist and Christian children’s homes and a selected group of other children from the community.

Christmas Jubilee to light up Portales

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Christmas lights, candy, music and shopping. The 24th annual Christmas Jubilee is bringing all of that to downtown Portales Friday. The family event includes a lighted Christmas parade, live music by MasterWorks and extended hours for some downtown businesses. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event. “This is a holiday tradition for […]

Their view: Good to see Portales celebrate Christmas openly

David James Stuckenberg of Portales offers this view on public displays of Christmas:

Taco Box to host nightly Christmas light show

Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Taco Box restaurant will again feature a nightly light show, set to Trans-Siberian Orchesta music. The eight-son show, with four songs by TSO, will run every hour and half hour from 5-9 p.m. The music will be broadcast on 88.5 FM, and hot chocolate is available inside free of charge. The […]

Love makes best gift

Our first newlywed Christmas happened in a “mansion.” (We thought.) My husband, Emmitt, had just finished his tenure in the Army. We lived in “Vetville,” rows of army barracks converted to apartments. They housed World War II veterans for $25 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school on […]