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Santa Claus in Palestine

IN THE February 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andTales of Diversity,
andWasan Abu-Baker

by Wasan Abu-Baker

I grew up in a Muslim home in Palestine. My father was a dentist, politician, community leader, and civil rights activist. My mother was a Liberal Arts professor who taught poetry and Arabic language in An Najah University.
When I was a young girl in Palestine, I grew up embracing the three Abrahamic faiths: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.


Season Memories

IN THE December 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andHometown History,
andMaria Ruiz

by Maria Ruiz

The holiday season starts early for children; Halloween is the unofficial start for a three-year-old. Accompanying their moms, they notice Christmas lights on a tree at the local department store. There are packages—boxes trimmed in gold—and twinkling lights around the doors and windows. Moms may say, “Christmas is still two months away,” but the Santa on his sleigh in the store window calls, “Christmas is coming.”


ARF: A Puppy For Christmas

IN THE December 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures

by Wendy Hunter

I don’t have kids. Yup, it’s true. I don’t know the joys of being a parent. Like celebrating first birthdays, first steps, first words, first day of school, and first Christmas. That glorious time of year when tiny tots stay up late, eagerly awaiting Santa Claus, families gather to ingest more food than humanly possible, and children all over the world utter that magical phrase every mother and father will hear at some point in their lifetime: “Can I get a dog for Christmas?”

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by Carole Sojka

“Where the hell is Santa?”
“Shh! There’s a line of kids out there.” Maris adjusted her elf costume.
“What am I supposed to do?” Todd, the manager, asked.


by Gary Hoffman

As Susan was struggling to open her front door, she thought of her Uncle Theodore. He always had some cute little saying or adage from somewhere else. One of them he said came from Germany and translated into English as, “A lazy man will carry himself to death.” She was beginning to believe it as she tried to carry three bags of groceries, two more of Christmas presents, and another of wrapping paper and bows, just to save two trips to the car.


by Suzanne Berube Rorhus

“Just buy something. Do you have to make everything such a drama?” His wife’s voice, after ten minutes, no, make that twenty-three solid years of lecturing, grated on Timothy’s nerves. He held his head and leaned against the Dillard’s necktie counter in Cordova, Tennessee. It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and the store was packed with bargain-hunting shoppers.


by Gail Farrelly

Two weeks before Christmas, and I’m listening to holiday music from the fifties as I sit paying bills at my computer in the corner of the living room. When “Jingle Bell Rock” comes on, I have to pause for a moment and just enjoy it. That was what I was listening to on this same day a year ago when my 14-year-old daughter asked her forty-something widowed mom for a very special Christmas gift–helping to mount a defense in a case that seemed indefensible.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham

The classic Christmas story Miracle on 34th Street opened this past weekend at the Enchanted Playhouse in Visalia’s Main Street Theater and my son and I had the pleasure of being there.


by Gail Farrelly

Two big eyes peered out from a little face framed by floppy, brown-and-white speckled ears. The little Cocker Spaniel rested in the grass beneath the bench on which his master, an old man with a cane, was sitting.


A Cat Can Only Take So Much

IN THE November 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andHelping Hands,
andTerrance V. Mc Arthur

by Terrance V. Mc Arthur


Arthur Christmas: Movie Review

IN THE November 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andSheryl Wall

by Sheryl Wall

Arthur Christmas is about how Santa’s son Arthur and his Grandpa set out to deliver a missed present to a little girl in England before Christmas dawn. Santa’s operation has become very high tech with the latest Santa Claus, with the elves doing most of the deliveries and Santa’s son Steve running the operation. Christmas had become more about the success and less about the spirit of the holiday.


by Jim Bulls

It’s a drippy winter night—Christmas time in Reedley. The storefronts are decorated with lights and the traditional Christmas tree sits in the middle of 11th and G streets. Christmas carols play through the PA system, as Santa greets shoppers along the street.

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