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December 21, 2014 Editor’s note: Students in the third and fourth grades at NCCS were asked to write about a favorite Christmas memory. Two memories from fourth-grade students are pictured belo. more »»

Come and adore him

December 21, 2014 Holding a newborn baby in your arms is a little bit of heaven on earth. So innocent and pure, you know she or he had to recently have been in the presence of God and angels. more »»

Christmas in 1944

December 21, 2014 When you’re 23, nothing is impossible. The year is 1944. more »»

Santa skeptic

December 21, 2014 This is the story about how I learned there was no Santa Claus. Let us travel back to the mid-1990s when I was around the age of 7 when I finally discovered the truth. more »»

Three memories from a Christian missionary

December 21, 2014 Number 1 “We have not had any snow for Christmas for several years,” we were told when we moved to Silva, Missouri. This was not good news to our ears and even less so to the ears of our children. more »»

A Christmas Journey

December 14, 2014 The semester had just ended. more »»

Heirloom Christmas Decorations

December 14, 2014 It’s a wonderful time of the year! Christmas music is filling the airways and my home. Villages and stores are decorated for the holidays. more »»

The best Christmas ever

December 14, 2014 Christmas morning 1980, my family awoke to gifts under a decorated hemlock tree and overflowing stockings hanging on the bar between the kitchen and living room. more »»

Diane R. Chodan's Christmas memory

December 14, 2014 In the 1950s and ‘60s when I was growing up, a good number of small businesses were located in Dunkirk’s Fourth Ward. more »»

Artistic dad creates special memories for his children

December 14, 2014 Every year at Christmas time my dad, Charles Zink, would paint a Christmas scene on our living room big picture window. The ideas for the scene would come from Christmas cards. more »»

Letting the cat out of Santa’s bag

December 14, 2014 This year I decided to let the cat out of Santa’s bag! You see, Santa who tells children not to shout and cry, etc. – well guess what? He was a naughty little boy. I’m serious. more »»

A company of altar boys

December 14, 2014 By FEARLESS FREDDY OBSERVER Football Prognosticator It was a long time ago and it is still as clear as if it happened yesterday. more »»

My first Christmas season at the County Home

December 14, 2014 December of 1975 was a very busy time for our Activities Department at the Chautauqua County Home. Caroling groups toured the halls, and bands and choruses entertained our residents in the dayroom. more »»

What is Christmas to me?

December 14, 2014 What is Christmas? For many, it’s a season that can start a few weeks before, to a few days after Christmas Day. For me, it’s: Someone saying to me, “you did a good jo. more »»

One of life’s lessons

December 14, 2014 Oh, the indescribable joy of Christmas. No matter your belief, the enduring love, sharing and caring of the season fills the air. It becomes a part of you, and you a part of i. more »»

What our world needs now – Wise Men

December 14, 2014 The Magi — Gaspar, Balthasar and Melchior, known to us as the three wise men, brought gifts to the Christ child in Bethlehem. And so, Christ’s Mass, or Christmas on Dec. more »»

Christmas early

December 14, 2014 My Christmas memories are those of a “baby boomer,” being born in 1951. But this fact oversimplifies it really. more »»

Two Christmas Eves

December 14, 2014 It doesn’t seem like we used to call severe weather “Blizzards.” Blowing blustering winds moving snow around was just our typical “winter” weather, to be expected. more »»

A Christmas at sea

December 14, 2014 The most unusual Christmas I ever spent was on a passenger ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean in 1928. I was eight years old and traveling with my emigrating parents from England to Australi. more »»

The most wonderful time of the year

December 14, 2014 One of the most anticipated events of the Christmas season some 45 years ago or so seems very old fashioned now — the arrival of the Sears catalog in the mail. more »»



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