Group organizing troop care packages for holidays

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Robin Fornoff Corissa Breeden was thinking about the holidays and servicewomen and men such as her husband, Carlton, who is deployed, serving their country and away from home for Christmas. Wouldn’t it be nice, Breeden wondered in a recent Facebook posting, if someone in eastern new Mexico started collecting small but necessary things for the [...]

My turn: Easter time for new clothes

Christmas. Easter. And Back-To-School. Those were the only times of year we got new clothes as children. Come Easter, we excitedly headed to Gibson’s with mom for new dresses and shiny plastic white shoes. As a child, Easter was about colored eggs, chocolate bunnies and Oasis State Park for an old-fashion Easter egg hunt and [...]

McGee: Christmas lights make town sparkle

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist The joke goes, “You know you’re from New Mexico if you leave your Christmas lights up year round.” No worries about that around our house; The Lady of the House had Christmas packed up a couple of days ago, lights and all. “That’s it,” she said, smacking her hands together. [...]

My turn: Concert to feature local talent

Alisa Boswell I hope the rest of the local residents had as successful a Christmas as I did and were surrounded by many family and friends. It made my year to be able to have my immediate family all together in one place for the first time in a while. We had a wonderful time [...]

Price: Love-filled holidays myth for some

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Most families make special arrangements to get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas. There’s a belief that family gatherings are joyous, love-filled events. Maybe not. I know one family that pretty much decided that love-filled stuff was a myth. The last such gathering they had, several years ago, left them [...]

My turn: Christmas not a one-day affair

Helena Rodriguez How long do you leave the Christmas tree up? Some people have already undecked the halls. Some did it the day after Christmas, perhaps even on Christmas day, as soon as gifts were unwrapped. I leave my Christmas tree up until July 4. Not really. However, I believe Christmas is a season, not [...]

Christmas dinner community tradition

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Clarence Plank The seventh annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant Saturday was a time for many to be with family, friends and enjoy a hot meal. The event saw 164 people in just the first two hours. The four-hour event usually draws 300-400 people each year and a final count will be announced [...]

Gift cards ease shopping

Karl Terry Did you get a little piece of plastic in your stocking this Christmas? Business experts say Americans gave a record amount of gift cards this Christmas. According to the National Retail Foundation the average person in the U.S. gave $145.61 in gift cards this year. Nearly $25 billion was likely spent this year [...]

Grant McGee: Christmas special every year

Grant McGee Christmas means many things to many folks. For Christians its the birth of Christ. For Pagans it means the rebirth of the Sun. And for folks who like presents and things it’s a great time to get stuff from Santa Claus. This Christmas Day I’m thinking about great December 25ths I have known. [...]

In search of ponies: Christmas adventure for house pets

Sharna Johnson ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even the mouse… When out from the living room there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter… When what to my wandering eyes should appear but my dog shredding [...]