Portales residents replace stolen tree

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell The stump of Mary Standefer’s old tree rests next to her new one, which was given to her from a combined effort between friends and strangers. Standefer said the act of kindness made her realize how many wonderful people are in the world. Alisa Boswell Portales residents banded together to […]

Local business owners say Christmas sales up

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Bob Morgan of Bob Morgan Photography frames Clovis High School 2012 senior class pictures. Benna Sayyed Christmas sales at a variety of Clovis businesses have shot up this year, according to local merchants. Laura Ellis, co-owner of 2 Shabby Divas in downtown Clovis, attributes her prosperous Christmas season to local […]

Two accidents claim lives over holiday

Freedom New Mexico Wintery Christmas day weather is being blamed for two separate but deadly crashes that have claimed the lives of three children and a young mother. Mya Gonzales, 4, of Tucumcari died of injuries suffered in a late night Christmas day rollover crash about 16 miles north of the city, according to Curry […]

Storytelling part of Christmas custom

There are stories, and stories told on film, that come to mean Christmas to each one of us. Though the list differs, the reality of hearing these seasonal favorites remains the same, in its essence, for most people. This year, actually for the first time, I got to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” in its […]

Christmas program haunting

It’s Christmas and the music’s just got to get out. And get out it did, as those sitting near me at Andy Mason’s Christmas Concert will attest. Those around me probably wished I had been singing a solo (so low they couldn’t hear me) but I’m sure my reindeer antlers with the flashing red lights […]

We all have our Christmas beliefs

So I walked into the living room and there it was, glowing like a lantern in a cave. “Oh,” I said to my talented home decorator and wife of 52 years, “how wonderful, the Christmas tree. When did you put it up?” “Tuesday,” she said. Meaning three days ago. She wasn’t smiling. It is just […]

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

McGee: Christmas gatherings can get weird

It looks like The Lady of the House and I will be spending Christmas Day without family. So we’ll just be hanging around the house in our “Watchin’-TV-and-eatin’” clothes. I love seeing the kinfolk, but sometimes it’s good to just have a quiet Christmas. Because you know, sometimes when family shows up things can get […]

Animals have part in holiday traditions

Glistening lights, glints of gold, decadent treats, wafting cinnamon and cloves, perfectly creased ornate paper, topped with perfect bows… Ah, the traditions of Christmas. Over the years, we’ve polished and refined the season, making Christmas sound, look, taste and smell better than any other single day on the calendar. If we were to go back […]

Religion calendar — Dec. 23

Saturday Christmas Eve services — 4 p.m., Lessons, carols, candlelight service and Holy Communion, Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA, 1705 W. 21st. Coffee. Information: 763-4816. Contemporary Worship Service — 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. Information: 763-6821. Christmas Eve services — 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Saint James Episcopal Church, 1117 N. Main St. Information: 763-4638. Sunday […]