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Local Holiday Shopping Guide

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researched the different foods that
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combined some of each in a wonderful
Christmas Eve feast. We enjoyed the PUBLISHER
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each stage of the holiday.
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to take part and learn the different
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It was another way of celebrating and STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Dear Reader, rejoicing together. We had a wonderful Lauren Johnson, ext 803
holiday and the kids talked about it for
Ah, the holidays. I love this time of months after.
year. The twinkling of lights decorating No matter what way you celebrate
trees both inside and out, the good the coming holidays, be safe and be CREATIVE DIRECTOR
cheer that is so contagious throughout happy.
the shops and offices, and above all, the Merry Christmas!!
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they know it’s now or never and they Sincerely,
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about it! edition of Asheboro Magazine
‘Tis the season to be merry, to put designed specifically to
aside petty disputes and grievances Sherry Johnson, Publisher encourage our readers to
with loved ones, and rejoice in the fact “Think Local First” when holiday
that we are celebrating with family shopping. The group of local
and friends the birth of Jesus Christ. merchants featured here has
Nothing is more important than family, much to offer in the way of
and no matter what your differences unique and meaningful gifts
are, big or small, they stick by you, and we strongly encourage
coach you, prod you, and above all you to shop local because
LOVE you. Make sure that you tell your the benefits to the community
loved ones as often as you can that you are tremendous. This holiday,
love and cherish them, for our time on “Think Local First”.
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the Jewish faith, and that we celebrate Publisher at the address above.
Christmas. They had so many
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the holidays. We decided to create neither party may be held liable for the business
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revised special edition   table of contents

features “think local first”

asheboro shops
tips for a stress free christmas
3  sall about fashion
15 7    af & g
8    state of the art custom
christmas cookie recipes framing
9 burge flower shop
10  charmed
15 11  stone’s & taylor’s
12  red door bargain
heaven & angels sing boutique
13    picket fence interiors
23 & gifts
14    north carolina
christmas traditions-how they zoological society
got started 16    lumina wine and beer
17    groovy scavenger
26 18  dish’n
19 incantato tours
top 10 christmas books 21  circa gallery
24  flip flops
25  all-star trophies &
32 engraving
25  flowers from betty’s
be a santa to a senior
28  santosha yoga
34 29  brewbakes coffee &
30  trees NC
31  asheboro zumba

the big wheel

In September 1960, I woke
up one morning with six
hungry babies and just 75
cents in my pocket. Their
father was gone.

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able, please be especially generous this
year as there are still large numbers of
families that are feeling the impact of
the slowly recovering economy. And, if E
you are finding yourself a little short in
the resource department, please reflect
on the things that you have to be fortu-
nate about versus the gifts you may not
be able to buy. Remember, a hand-made -6
gift from the heart (like cookies) is just as -3
valuable, if not more so, than anything -A
that can be purchased. -C
While you are making your list and -T
checking it twice, please “think local
first.” We have a tremendously vibrant
retail community here in Asheboro and B
keeping your money local helps busi-
ness owners and the community grow. M
If you have to go out of town to purchase
something, please remember to finish JOIN
up your shopping locally. And, if you No
are doing any shopping on the Internet,
please remember that even though it Met
is convenient and sometimes less ex- Two
pensive, that money is leaving our com- Re

can’t believe it is that time of year munity and will never return. In other

again. It really crept up on me this words, “think local first” - it really does
year and I can hardly believe there benefit everyone. And, with gas prices EXPANDING YOUR COMMUNITY
is only one month between now being close to $3.00 per gallon, shop- EXPANDING YOUR
YMCA IN 2011!

and Christmas Day. This year is going ping local makes sense from your wal- ADDITIONS RENOVATIONS
to be especially memorable for the John- let’s perspective, too. COMMUNITY
-6,000 Sq Ft Fitness Center
-3 Group Fitness Studios
-Family Locker Rooms
This Local Holiday Shopping Guide EXPANDING
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-Youth Programs Center COMM
son family. We are in a new house in a
new city that, oddly, feels like it has al- was designed to help you “think local YMCA IN 2011!
-Community Meeting Room
-Teen & Senior Center
YMCA IN 2011!
first.” Along with great Christmas sto-
ways been home. We have new friends
ries, cookie recipes and community-fo-
with whom we will, undoubtedly, create MEMBERSHIP -6,000 Sq Ft Fitness CAMPAIGN
Center -Family Lock

new traditions. And, we have a new cused articles, there are pages designed -3 Group Fitness Studios -Nursery
family business that allows us to share to highlight all the wonderful things that No Joinging -Adult Only$70-$100)!
Fees (SAVE Locker Rooms -Youth Prog

our passion with all our new friends in are available right here EXPANDING
in your own YOUR Meter Pool, COMMUNITY
-Community MeetingWellness
Three-Court Gymnasium, Room Center,
Two Racquetball Courts, Youth/Adult/Senior Fitness, $25
our new city. Best of all, I talked Sherry backyard. You can get a personalized YMCA IN 2011!
& Senior Center
Fee For Afterschool Programs Waived!

into buying a fake Christmas tree last cake pan, a hand-painted platter,
and silk flowers, designer clothing
-6,000 (newCenter
Sq Ft Fitness
year that already has lights on it, so I -Family Locker Rooms
don’t have the unpleasant task of string- and gently worn), a zoo
unique artwork, groovy-Adult
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Only Locker Rooms
furniture, jew-
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ing lights this year. This may not sound -Community Meeting Room -Pool
elry, discounts on European JOIN DECEMBER 13, 2010-FEBRUARY 1
like a big deal but you have to realize that -Teentravel,
& Seniorwine,
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beer and much, much more. If you think No Joinging Fees (SAVE $70-$100)! Heat
Sherry’s father was a tree farmer and to
her, owning a fake tree is akin to an Eski-
about it, there really isn’t any reason toGROUND BREAKINGMeterIN Pool,JANUARY!
GROUND Gymnasium, We
shop anywhere else. Two Racquetball Courts, Youth/Adult/Sen
mo having a plastic igloo or Santa Claus MEMBERSHIP MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN
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having robotic reindeer. For me, it’s all Shopping and generosity aside, it is
about convenience. my sincerest hope JOIN DECEMBER
that you and yours JOIN DECEMBER
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During this time of year, as a family, have a very happy andNo Joinging
safe holidayFees (SAVE $70-$100)!
sea- Heated/Indoor/2514,
son. Meter Pool, Three-Court Gymnasium, Wellness Center,
we reflect on the many things that we 2011 FOR...No Joining Fees
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have to be thankful for. It is easy to take (SAVEPrograms
Registration Fee For Afterschool $70-$100)! Heated/
things like a roof over our head, food on Indoor/25 Meter Pool, Three-
our table, time spent with loved ones Court Gymnasium, Wellness
and everything else for granted. How-
ever, there are plenty of folks out there
that, for whatever reason, are not as
fortunate as we are. It is these people
Dave Center, Two Racquetball
Courts, Youth/Adult/Senior
Fitness, $25 Registration Fee
for Afterschool Programs
that I would ask you to consider dur-
ing this joyous time of year. If you are Waived!
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1505 s. fayetteville st. • asheboro af & g

Asheboro's most unique gift

shop for you, your home and
your outdoor space!

Pre-wrapped Hostess Gifts

Holiday Decor • Great Gift Ideas
Jewelry, Gifts & Flowers! 1505 S. Fayetteville St. • Asheboro
  November 2010  7
state of the art custom framing 150 sunset ave. • asheboro

s t ate o f t h e A R T. a r t t h

150 Sunset Ave 336.629.7377 p

Asheboro, NC 27203 336.629.2699 f

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through November 27th, 2010 with the edition size being determined at the end
of the reservation period. The issue price is $250.

150 Sunset Ave. • Asheboro • 336.629.7377
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625 s. fayetteville st. • asheboro burge flower shop, inc.

urge Flower Shop
proudly serves
Asheboro, Randleman
and Ramseur. Burge
Flower Shop in Asheboro, NC
delivers fresh flowers to those
you care about at the following
facilities: Carillon Assisted Living,
Carolina House Of Asheboro,
Clapp's Convalescent Nursing,
Cross Road Retirement Community, Gailes Funeral Home, Inc, Loflin Funeral
Home, Pugh Funeral Home, Randolph Cancer Center, Randolph Hospital,
Randolph Health and Rehabilitation, Randolph Memorial Park, Ridge Funeral
Home, Sunbridge Care & Rehab.
Burge Flower Shop has a large inventory of fresh flowers, tropicals, plants,
European/dish gardens, contemporary and traditional arrangements, high-
style floral arrangements, silk arrangements, dried floral arrangements,
wedding and funeral designs. Burge carries an extensive gift line, including
gourmet and fruit baskets, gift baskets, greeting cards, candles, Willow Tree
Ornaments, and Anna Lee Dolls.

We’re Giving Away

Earn $1 for every $10 Purchase
made in the store between Nov.
12 & Dec. 24, then redeem your
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charmed 212 sunset ave. • asheboro
check out all our new silver
jewelry and cool purses and
totes!! However, we will still
come to you if you wish....we

will set up at your home, your
harmed officially office, your business, your
began in January church, your school, your
of 2010 after club, etc....and we have great
my dear paternal incentives for you for doing
grandfather passed away at so! However, if it is easier
the age of 91 in September on you, we are now able to
of 2009. Because of the love host shows from our store...
and generosity he always you invite your guests and
had for his two children, three you all simply come to the
grandchildren, and five great- store for the show...and YOU
grandchildren, his strong still receive all the hostess
work ethic, and his survival perks! And just like before,
spirit, I dedicate my business we have no presentation,
to him. no sales pitches, and we are
After transcribing for 11 not looking to recruit anyone!
years, I decided I was ready for a career change. I have told We just want you to have an enjoyable shopping time without
each of my three boys to decide what their passion is in life being under any pressure whatsoever! Contact us today to
and to find a way to make a living from it. So I took my own set up a shopping showtime for you and your friends, family,
advice....I have always loved flashy, yet classy, quality jewelry, and coworkers.
but couldn't always afford it and I figured there had to be other
people out there just like me! So with the guidance, advice,
and many tips from a 14-year 'veteran' of this industry,
CHARMED was born....and I can now provide quality Sterling
Silver jewelry at very reasonable and affordable prices to all
the folks just like me...and because of this, Charmed has and
is gaining more and more loyal customers each day. Now the
exciting part begins....YOU get to join the club and become one
of those lucky customers!
Charmed now has a physical, permanent store front! Come

.925 Sterling Silver
Rosette sets • designer styles • Swarovski
crystal pieces • Italian charm bracelets and
beads • adult and children rings • a variety of
chain styles and lengths • Stainless Steel rings,
chains, and bracelets for men
212 Sunset Ave. • Asheboro
336.610.1110 • 336.202.9862
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161 B & C hwy. 42 n. • asheboro stone’s & taylor’s

this holiday season, we wish you

i c y c o l d S N OW F L A K E S
steaming hot chocolate
END LE SS belly l aughs
and plenty of warm hugs
enjoy the holidays and have a wonderful new year!
with love,
The Staff at Stones & Taylor’s

161 B & C Hwy. 42 N. • Asheboro Stone’s-336.625.9652 • Taylor’s 336.318.1122

We Have Just the Thing to

Make the Holidays Memorable & Special
  November 2010  11
the red door bargain boutique 113 e. taft st. • asheboro
ll proceeds
from the Red
Door Bargain
Boutique benefit
the Randolph County
Family Crisis Center.

The mission of the Family

Crisis Center is to serve
people in crisis from abuse
while working to eliminate abuse in our

Did you know Randolph County is ranked in the top

3 of all NC counties for Domestic Violence?

Donations of gently worn women's clothing, shoes

and accessories may be dropped at the store
Monday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-3


Shop to Stop Domestic Violence
New To You Women’s Clothing & Accessories
All Proceeds Support
Randolph County Family Crisis Center
Donate Clothing and Accessories and receive 10% off your next purchase
Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 5 pm • Sat. 10 am - 3 pm
113 E. Taft St. • Asheboro 336.626.4159
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323 nc hwy 49 s, unit c • asheboro picket fence interiors & gifts


best small independent
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the difference between house & home

Picket Fence Interiors & Gifts

trend driven gifts & decorative accessories

Bam Gurgle Ashley Harvey’s Northern Jewelry

Seatbelt by
Bags Pots Fetner Bags Brights Jesse
323 NC Hwy 49 South, Suite C • Asheboro • 336.629.7707
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Get your Holiday shopping out of the way early and
receive $10 off on every gift membership that you
purchase before December 1st.

To receive your $10 discount, fill out the portion of

the membership application that tells us who will be
receiving your Holiday Gift and then use the Promotion
Code HDAYGIFT when you place your order.

Consider, too, making this

Holiday Gift even more
festive, by clicking here
to add this cute plush
Chimpanzee to your gift
membership package.
The additional $7 covers
shipping costs, too.

To purchase this gift

1. Click here to add the plush chimp to your order
2. Click here to order a membership.

Give the Gift of the Zoo

Give an annual membership in the NC Zoo
Society so your friends/family can enjoy
364 days of FREE admission to the NC Zoo.
Order online at or by
calling toll-free 888-244-3736.

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tips for a stress free christmas christmas cookie recipes
from the Salvation Army

hristmas is meant to be fun, but for many it can 1 cup butter or shortening
become a source of anxiety and frustration as 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
financial, emotional and family issues come to the 2 large eggs
fore. Here are some tips from The Salvation Army 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
on how to avoid stress this Christmas. 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoons baking soda
Ideas for buying Christmas presents cinnamon and sugar mixed to taste

• make a list before going shopping Preheat oven to 400F. Mix together butter and sugar
• make gifts instead of buying them until smooth, then add eggs, cream of tartar, and baking
• set a limit on the cost of presents soda. Stir in flour until well mixed. Roll into balls about 1"
• leave your credit card at home whilst browsing for presents in diameter and roll in cinnamon and sugar to coat. Place
• have each member of the family buy for a different person, on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 8-10 minutes.
rather than everyone buying for everyone Cookies are done when they are just barely browning.
• avoid last minute spending

Ideas before Christmas Day

• try to have a rest day before Christmas

Pistachio Christmas
• don’t expect a "perfect" Christmas Day celebration Ribbon Bars
• organize any parenting issues well before Christmas so
children are not subject to any extra stress
• try and clear the air with anyone you’ve had a recent
disagreement with before you see them on Christmas Day
• be flexible to changing previous years' arrangements if
family members want to try an alternative
• be mindful of any stressful situations or family issues that
might arise

Ideas for Christmas Day

• share responsibility for the meal with a number of family 1/2 pound unsalted butter or margarine, softened
members (not just the women!) 1 cup granulated sugar
• if you drink, watch your alcohol intake (and avoid saying 1 large egg
something you might regret!) 2 cups all-purpose flour
• don’t bring up previous quarrels on Christmas Day 1/8 teaspoon salt (omit this if your pistachios are salted)
• don’t be too critical if everyone does not behave how you 1/2-2/3 cup raspberry or strawberry jam
hoped. 2/3 cup pistachios, chopped
• a cold lunch may reduce the stress of cooking (and also
means that family members are free to come and go as they Preheat oven to 325F. Combine butter, sugar and egg;
need to) beat until thoroughly blended. Stir in flour and salt.
• try having your main meal in the evening so relatives can Spread one-half of dough into 9 inch square pan. Bake
also visit others during the day 10 minutes; remove from oven. Spread jam to within 1/2
• focus on the positive things about people rather than the inch of edge. Add pistachios to remaining dough. Drop by
negative spoonfuls over jam to cover. Bake 35 minutes until top is
• visit someone who may be lonely or invite them over to share golden brown; cool. Cut into squares.
lunch with you Recipe and photograph courtesy of the California Pistachio Commission.

• visit a church and contemplate the real meaning of Christmas

  November 2010  15
lumina wine & beer 152 sunset ave. • asheboro
Pre-order Holiday
Gift Baskets

Pick your wines,

glasses, crackers,
cheese & dips.

Prices Vary

Tailored to Your

We have a great selection of

wine & beer.
152 Sunset Avenue • Asheboro
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130 s. church st. • suite 1b • asheboro groovy scavenger

the coolest furniture deals on the planet

• All of your home furnishing needs

priced near or below WHOLESALE!

• Wholesale lots, factory closeouts,

overstocks and clearance items!

• New, first quality merchandise at

unbelievable low prices!

• Living Room, Bedroom, Dining Room,

Accents and Accessories

the coolest furniture deals on the planet
Groovy New Inventory
Arriving Weekly and ALWAYS
AT LEAST 60% OFF Retail!
The Mill • 130 S. Church St. • Suite 1B • Asheboro
336.625.2300 •
Tues. 9am-3pm • Thurs. 1pm-7pm • Fri. 9am-3pm • Sat. 9am-3pm
  November 2010  17
dish’n 148 sunset ave. • asheboro
Gifts designed by you are unique ways
to show someone special how much you
care. Great for all ages!
Christmas * Teachers * Birthdays * Father’s
and Mother’s Day * Grandparent Day *
Graduation * Weddings * Anniversaries *
Births * Retirements
Want something special but don’t have the
time to do it yourself?
We can provide the artistry. You choose
the piece and we do the rest. Prices vary
according to the complexity of the design
and the size of the piece.

Let's Party
Dish’n is a great place to put ART into
PARTY and add creativity to celebrate any
special occasion.
One of the best features of hosting a party
at Dish’n is WE CLEAN UP THE MESS!
Enjoy our space, supplies, staff and ideas
to make your occasion memorable.
Feel free to bring your own decorations,
refreshments, and even music that you like.

148 Sunset Ave. • Asheboro • 336.672.3476 •
Gifts Designed by You are Unique Ways to Show
Someone Special How Much You Care

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  November 2010  19
the christmas envelope from sowing seeds ministry

t's just a small, whose home had burned
white envelope to the ground the week
stuck among the before Christmas, and
branches of our on and on. The envelope
Christmas tree. No name, became the highlight
no identification, no of our Christmas.
inscription. It has peeked It was always the
through the branches of last thing opened on
our tree for the past 10 Christmas morning and
years or so. our children, ignoring
It all began because their new toys, would
my husband Mike stand with wide-eyed
hated Christmas---oh, anticipation as their dad
not the true meaning lifted the envelope from
of Christmas, but the the tree to reveal its
commercial aspects of it-overspending...the frantic running contents.
around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical
dusting powder for Grandma -- the gifts given in desperation presents, but the envelope never lost its allure. The story
because you couldn't think of anything else. doesn't end there.
Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer.
the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief
something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me
unusual way. placing an envelope on the tree, and in the morning, it was
Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was wrestling at joined by three more. Each of our children, unbeknownst to the
the junior level at the school he attended; and shortly before others, had placed an envelope on the tree for their dad. The
Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team tradition has grown and someday will expand even further
sponsored by an inner-city church, mostly black. These with our grandchildren standing around the tree with wide-
youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings eyed anticipation watching as their fathers take down the
seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented envelope.
a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold Mike's spirit, like the Christmas spirit, will always be with
uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes. us.
As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other May we all remember Christ, who is the reason for the
team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet season, and the true Christmas spirit this year and always. 
designed to protect a wrestler's ears. It was a luxury the
ragtag team obviously could not afford. Well, we ended up
walloping them. We took every weight class. And as each of
their boys got up from the mat, he swaggered around in his
tatters with false bravado, a kind of street pride that couldn't
acknowledge defeat.
Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, "I wish
just one of them could have won," he said. "They have a lot
of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out
of them." Mike loved kids-all kids-and he knew them, having
coached little league football, baseball and lacrosse. That's
when the idea for his present came. That afternoon, I went
to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of
wrestling headgear and shoes and sent them anonymously
to the inner-city church.
On Christmas Eve, I placed the envelope on the tree, the
note inside telling Mike what I had done and that this was
his gift from me. His smile was the brightest thing about
Christmas that year and in succeeding years.
For each Christmas, I followed the tradition---one year
sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a
hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers
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  November 2010  21
put on my best homemade dress. I loaded them into the
rusty old 51 Chevy and drove off to find a job.
The seven of us went to every factory, store and restaurant
in our small town. No luck. The kids stayed, crammed into
the car and tried to be quiet

The Big Wheel

while I tried to convince
whomever would listen that
Author Unknown I was willing to learn or do
anything. I had to have a job.
Still no luck. The last place we
went to, just a few miles out of town, was an old Root Beer
Barrel drive-in that had been converted to a truck stop. It was
called The Big Wheel. An old lady named Granny owned the
place and she peeked out of the window from time to time at
all those kids. She needed someone on the graveyard shift,
11 at night until seven in the morning. She paid 65 cents
an hour and I could start that night. I raced home and called
the teenager down the street that baby-sat for people. I
bargained with her
to come and sleep
on my sofa for a
dollar a night. She
could arrive with
her pajamas on
and the kids would
already be asleep.
This seemed like a

good arrangement
n September 1960, I woke up one morning with six to her, so we made
hungry babies and just 75 cents in my pocket. Their a deal.
father was gone. That night
The boys ranged from three months to seven years; when the little
their sister was two. Their Dad had never been much more ones and I knelt
than a presence they feared. Whenever they heard his tires to say our prayers
crunch on the gravel driveway they would scramble to hide we all thanked
under their beds. He did manage to leave $15 a week to buy God for finding
groceries. Mommy a job.
Now that he had decided to leave, there would be no more And so I started
beatings, but no food either. If there was a welfare system at The Big Wheel. When I got home in the mornings I woke
in effect in southern Indiana at that time, I certainly knew the baby-sitter up and sent her home with one dollar of my
nothing about it. tip money -- fully half of what I averaged every night.
I scrubbed the kids until they looked brand new and then As the weeks went by, heating bills added another strain
to my meager wage. The tires on the old Chevy had the
consistency of penny balloons and began to leak. I had to fill
them with air on the way to work and again every morning
before I could go home. One bleak fall morning, I dragged
myself to the car to go home and found four tires in the back
seat. New tires! There was no note, no nothing, just those
beautiful brand new tires. Had angels taken up residence
in Indiana? I wondered. I made a deal with the owner of the
local service station. In exchange for his mounting the new
tires, I would clean up his office. I remember it took me a lot
longer to scrub his floor than it did for him to do the tires.
I was now working six nights instead of five and it still
wasn't enough. Christmas was coming and I knew there

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heaven and angels sing
would be no money for toys for the kids. I found a can of red by carol stigger
paint and started repairing and painting some old toys. Then
I hid them in the basement so there would be something
for Santa to deliver on Christmas morning. Clothes were a

worry too. I was sewing patches on top of patches on the
boys pants and soon they would be too far gone to repair. t the Christmas Eve church service, I sat with my
two boisterous grandchildren, ages three and five.
On Christmas Eve the usual customers were drinking
Their parents sat in front of the church to present
coffee in The Big Wheel. These were the truckers, Les, a nativity reading titled "Silent Night." They had
Frank, and Jim, and a state trooper named Joe. A few warned the children to behave. I had warned the children to
musicians were hanging around after a gig at the Legion and behave. With scrubbed angelic faces and Christmas wonder in
were dropping nickels in the pinball machine. The regulars their eyes, they looked like model children posing for a magazine
all just sat around and talked through the wee hours of the holiday spread. I indulged myself in a few moments of pride.
morning and then left to get home before the sun came up. Alec pinched Aubrey. I was grateful that the organ thundered
When it was time for me to go home at seven o'clock on into the first hymn just then, drowning out her yelp. I grabbed
her hand before she could return the pinch. During the Lord's
Christmas morning I hurried to the car. I was hoping the kids
Prayer, Aubrey shredded the program I had given her to color
wouldn't wake up before I managed to get home and get the on. The crayons had already rolled under the pew. I watched
presents from the basement and place them under the tree. bits of paper fall on the carpet like snow. I would help her pick
(We had cut down a small cedar tree by the side of the road it up later, but for now the naughtiness I was allowing kept her
down by the dump.) It was occupied and her brother quietly admiring.
still dark and I couldn't see We were enjoying an uneasy truce when their parents
much, but there appeared stood to deliver the reading.
"Mommy!" Alec yelled.
to be some dark shadows in
She frowned, and he sat back in his seat.
the car -- or was that just a "Silence," my son said to the congregation. "Think for a
trick of the night? Something moment what that word means to you."
certainly looked different, My daughter-in-law signed his words. Earlier that year, she
but it was hard to tell what. began to use her new signing skills for the benefit of the few
When I reached the car I hearing-impaired members of our church.
peered warily into one of the Alec said a naughty word, thankfully too low for many to
side windows. hear. I scowled at him, shaking my finger and my head. Aubrey
grinned. Then she proclaimed, every syllable enunciated
Then my jaw dropped in
perfectly, in a clear voice that carried to far corners of the
amazement. My old battered sanctuary, "Alec is a potty mouth!"
Chevy was filled full to the top Everyone stared. I was too stunned to speak. My son and his
with boxes of all shapes and wife looked at each other. But instead of anger, I saw surprise.
sizes. I quickly opened the My son set aside his script and told another story. He told
driver's side door, scrambled about their daughter being born profoundly deaf. He talked
inside and kneeled in the about four years of hearing aids and speech therapy with no
front facing the back seat. guarantee she would ever learn to speak plainly. He talked
about the rugged faith that
Reaching back, I pulled off
kept the family praying she
the lid of the top box. Inside was a whole case of little blue would have a normal life.
jeans, sizes 2-10! I looked inside another box: It was full of He said Aubrey's outburst
shirts to go with the jeans. Then I peeked inside some of the was an answer to prayer:
other boxes: There were candy and nuts and bananas and the first perfectly enunciated
bags of groceries. There was an enormous ham for baking, sentence she had ever spoken.
and canned vegetables and potatoes. There was pudding From the back of the room,
a lone voice sang the last line
and Jell-O and cookies, pie filling and flour. There was a
of a beloved Christmas Carol:
whole bag of laundry supplies and cleaning items. And there Hark! The herald angels sing,
were five toy trucks and one beautiful little doll. As I drove Glory to the newborn king.
back through empty streets as the sun slowly rose on the While the congregation
most amazing Christmas Day of my life, I was sobbing with sang four verses of the
gratitude. And I will never forget the joy on the faces of my unscheduled hymn, my two
little ones that precious morning. little angels wiggled in their
Yes, there were angels in Indiana that long-ago December. parents' arms, adding laughter
and giggles to the joyful
And they all hung out at The Big Wheel truck stop. 
Christmas noise.

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christmas traditions-how they started
Santa Claus Rudolph the Red-nosed

T Reindeer
he origin of Santa
Claus begins in the

4th century with
Saint Nicholas, he Chicago-based Montgomery Ward company,
Bishop of Myra, an area in department store operators, had been purchasing
present day Turkey. By all and distributing children's coloring books as Christ-
accounts St. Nicholas was a mas gifts for their customers for several years. In
generous man, particularly 1939, Montgomery Ward tapped one of their own employ-
devoted to children. After his ees to create a book for them, thus saving money. 34-year
death around 340 A.D. he old copywriter Robert L. May wrote the story of Rudolph the
was buried in Myra, but in Red-nosed Reindeer, and 2.4 million copies were handed out
1087 Italian sailors purport- that year. Despite the wartime paper shortage, over 6 million
edly stole his remains and copies had been distributed by 1946.
removed them to Bari, Italy, May drew in part on the story "The Ugly Duckling" and in
greatly increasing St. Nicho- part from his own experiences as an often taunted, small,
las' popularity throughout Eu- frail youth to create the story of the misfit reindeer. Though
rope. Rollo and Reginald were considered, May settled on Rudolph
His kindness and reputation for generosity gave rise to as his reindeer's name.
claims he that he could perform miracles and devotion to him Writing in verse as a series of rhyming couplets, May tested
increased. St. Nicholas became the patron saint of Russia, the story as he went along on his 4-year old daughter Bar-
where he was known by his red cape, flowing white beard, and bara, who loved the story
bishop's mitre. Sadly, Robert Mays wife died around the time he was creat-
In Greece, he is the patron saint of sailors, in France he was ing Rudolph, leaving Mays deeply in debt due to medical bills.
the patron of lawyers, and in Belgium the patron of children However, he was able to persuade Sewell Avery, Mont-
and travellers. Thousands of churches across Europe were gomery Ward's corporate president, to turn the copyright
dedicated to him and some time around the 12th century an over to him in January 1947, thus ensuring May's financial
official church holiday was created in his honor. The Feast of security.
St. Nicholas was celebrated December 6 and the day was May's story "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was printed
marked by gift-giving and charity. commercially in 1947 and in 1948 a nine-minute cartoon
After the Reformation, European followers of St. Nicholas of the story was shown in theaters. When May's brother-in-
dwindled, but the legend was kept alive in Holland where law, songwriter Johnny Marks, wrote the lyrics and melody
the Dutch spelling of his name Sint Nikolaas was eventually for the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", the Rudolph
transformed to Sinterklaas. Dutch children would leave their phenomenon was born. Turned down by many musical
wooden shoes by the fireplace, and Sinterklaas would reward artists afraid to contend with the legend of Santa Claus, the
good children by placing treats in their shoes. Dutch colo- song was recorded by Gene Autry in 1949 at the urging
nists brought brought this tradition with them to America in of Autry's wife. The song sold two million copies that year,
the 17th century and here the Anglican name of Santa Claus going on to become one of the best-selling songs of all time,
emerged. second only to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas". The 1964
television special about Rudolph, narrated by Burl Ives, re-
Christmas Stockings mains a holiday favorite to this day and Rudolph himself has

become a much-loved Christmas icon.
ccording to leg-
end, a kindly no-
bleman grew de-
spondent over the
death of his beloved wife and
foolishly squandered his for-
tune. This left his three young
daughters without dowries
and thus facing a life of spin-
The generous St. Nicholas,
hearing of the girls’ plight, set
forth to help. Wishing to re-
main anonymous, he rode his white horse by the nobleman’s
house and threw three small pouches of gold coins down the
chimney where they were fortuitously captured by the stock-
ings the young women had hung by the fireplace to dry.

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the top 10 christmas books
10. The Christmas Box
By Richard Paul Evans

he story is about a young couple, Richard (who narrates) and Keri, who accept a position to take
care of a lonely widow, Mary Parkin, in her spacious Victorian mansion. As Christmas draws near,
Mary becomes concerned about Richard’s obsession with success and his failure to make time for
his family. She urges him to reconsider his priorities, but he is always too busy to heed her advice. It
is only when Mary is on her deathbed and her secret sorrow is revealed through the letter-laden Christmas
box of the title that Richard realizes what she has been trying to tell him. The message concerns love, of
course, and the strings Evans pulls to vivify it should squeeze sobs from even the stoniest of hearts.

9. The Polar Express

By Chris Van Allsburg

t tells the story of a young boy on Christmas Eve, patiently lying in bed. Suddenly, a magical
train called the Polar Express pulls up in front of his house, and the boy is invited to journey
to the North Pole. The train is filled with many other children, all dressed in their pajamas. As
the train reaches the North Pole, the boy and the other children see thousands of elves gathered
at the center of town to send Santa on his way. The boy is handpicked by Santa Claus to receive
the first gift of Christmas. Realizing that he could choose anything in the world, the boy asks for
one beautiful-sounding silver bell from Santa’s sleigh. The boy places the bell in the pocket of his
robe and all the children watch as Santa takes off for his yearly delivery. Later, on the train, the
boy discovers that the bell has fallen through a hole in his pocket. On Christmas morning, his
sister finds a small present wrapped under the tree, behind all of the other gifts. The boy opens
the box and discovers that it is the bell, delivered by Santa who found it on the seat of his sleigh.
When the boy rings the bell, both he and his sister marvel at the beautiful sound. His parents,
however, are unable to hear the bell and remark that it must be broken. However, those who
believe can hear it.

8. The Christmas Tree

By Judy Salamon

he chief gardener at Rockefeller Center dreads Christmas because one of his responsibilities is
the selection of the center’s giant Christmas tree, which is not an easy job. Thus, he is thrilled one
spring to have found the perfect tree so early and foresees no problem in persuading the nuns who
own the property on which the tree stands to let him have it. Then he meets Sister Anthony, who
came to the convent as a young orphan and made a close friend of the Norway Spruce she calls “Tree.”

7. The Nutcracker
By E.T.A Hoffman

he Nutcracker and the Mouse King is a story written in 1816 by E. T. A. Hoffmann in
which young Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive
and whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls after defeating the
seven-headed Mouse King. In 1892, the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov turned the story into the ballet The Nutcrack-
er, which became one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, and one of the most popular
ballets in the world.

6. Letters from Father Christmas

By J.R.R. Tolkien

he Father Christmas Letters is a collection of letters written and illustrated by J. R. R.
Tolkien between 1920 and 1942 for his children, from “Father Christmas”. They tell of
the adventures and misadventures of Father Christmas and his helpers, including the
North Polar Bear and his two sidekick cubs, Paksu and Valkotukka. This is a particularly
good book for those who love Tolkien – and it is a chance to see his writing focusing on something
other than middle earth and fantasy.

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the top 10 christmas books
5. A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who
undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one evening. Mr Scrooge
is a financier/money-changer who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds
anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas season.
In keeping with the musical analogy of the title, A Christmas Carol, Dickens divides his literary
work into five “staves” instead of chapters. This is a little joke Dickens has carried out throughout
the story, it adds humour to the story and links in because, a stave is something you will find in a
piece of music, and a “carol” is a type of music/song.

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

By Dr. Seuss

The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville’s holiday celebrations, and plans to steal
all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the
Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

3. The the Night Before Christmas

By Charles Dickens

The poem, ‘A Visit From St. Nickolas’ (also known as ‘The Night Before Christmas’, and ‘Twas
The Night Before Christmas’ (from its first line), first published in 1823, is largely responsible for
the contemporary American conception of Santa Claus, including his physical appearance, the
night of his visit, his mode of transportation, the number and first-ever printing of the names of
his reindeer, and his delivery of toys to children.

2. The Gift of the Magi

By O. Henry

Jim Dillingham Young and his wife Della are a young couple who are very much in love with each
other, but can barely afford their one-room apartment due to their very bad economic situation.
For Christmas, Della decides to buy Jim a chain which costs twenty dollars for his prized pocket
watch given to him by his father. To raise the funds, she has her long hair cut off and sold to make
a wig. Meanwhile, Jim decides to sell his watch to buy Della a beautiful set of combs made out of
tortoise shell for her lovely, knee-length brown hair. Although each is disappointed to find the gift
they chose rendered useless, each is pleased with the gift they received, because it represents
their love for one another. This is a heartwarming tale that has been retold countless times in TV
and film.

1. A Child’s Christmas in Wales

By Dylan Thomas

This was a very easy book for me to include because I love the writing of Dylan Thomas im-
mensely and this is my favorite Christmas story. Dylan Thomas, one of the greatest poets and
storytellers of the twentieth century, captures a child’s-eye view, and an adult’s fond memories,
of a magical time of presents, aunts and uncles, the frozen sea, and in the best of circumstances,
newly fallen snow. This book has been in print for over 50 years and it will make a welcome addi-
tion to any family’s bookshelf.
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pets & their christmas sweaters

Be a Santa to a Senior Continues

Popular Holiday Gift Giveaway for Seniors
By Laura Cox

he popular campaign that in the past has delivered
hundreds of gifts to local needy seniors is being
planned again this holiday season. Home Instead
Senior Care has joined with Randolph County Area
Agencies to make sure that isolated seniors receive gifts and
companionship through the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program.
“Be a Santa to a Senior” sets new records each year
in contributions of gifts to a group that often is forgotten
during the hectic holiday season,” said Laura Cox, Customer
Service Representative of the Home Instead Senior Care
office serving Randolph county. “While children are the
beneficiaries of many holiday programs, people often don’t
think about the isolated and lonely seniors who need to be
remembered as well during this season. “Be a Santa to a
Senior” is also designed to help stimulate human contact and
social interaction for older adults who are unlikely to have
guests during the holidays.”
Here’s how the program, which runs from now through
mid-December, works: The Randolph County Area Agencies
will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and
provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care for this
community service program. A Christmas tree at Walgreen’s
at 207 N. Fayetteville St. will be set up on November 24th
and will feature ornaments with the first names of the seniors
and their respective gift requests.
Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy
items on the list and return them to Walgreen’s with the
ornament attached. Home Instead Senior Care then enlists
the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates,
non-profit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute
the gifts to these seniors.
“Be a Santa to a Senior is a fulfilling way to say thanks
to those older adults who have helped build our community,”
Cox said. “Our hope is that many will be touched by this
holiday gesture of goodwill.”
If you or someone you know is interested in
volunteering to help with the program, contact Laura Cox
at (336) 380-7730. Local businesses are encouraged to
contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office about
adopting groups of seniors. For more information about the
program, contact

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