Sweet Home New Mexico: Memories mean more than Christmas trees

Christmas will be here in a few days and most of you are probably well on your way to completing your list of yearly traditions. The first family Christmas tradition we complete is that of putting up our Christmas tree. Growing up in Alabama, I was surrounded by forests of pine trees all around. I […]

My turn: Decorate with anticipation

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I thought decking my house with Christmas spirit the day after Thanksgiving was perfect timing; not too early, not too late. Recently, though, someone said we rush Christmas enough. They wait until the 12 days before Christmas. Not only is the “Twelve Days of Christmas” significant because of the song, written during a time Christians […]

Clovis prepares for Christmas at zoo

Donna Wilson is taking her granddaughter to the Hillcrest Park Zoo’s Christmas Nites at the Zoo event for the third time this year. She said the zoo inhabitants are more active after the sun goes down. “I love taking my granddaughter to the zoo after dark so she can see what animals are like after […]

Salvation Army donations slightly lower than same time last year

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Kevin Wilson With roughly two weeks to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army’s local Empty Stocking Fund effort is slightly lower than its performance from the same time last year. Maj. Rachel Gallop of the Salvation Army said as of 5 p.m. Friday $2,300 had been collected, mostly from kettle donations in front of area […]

Annual Christmas light procession draws thousands to downtown

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Benna Sayyed The Tapia sisters have been to larger parades in Phoenix and their native Los Angeles but the Portales Christmas parade Saturday did not disappoint them. Portales Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry estimated more than a thousand people lined the 2-mile path the parade took starting at the Portales Recreation Center to […]

My turn: Gifts cheap, words cheaper

Wendel Sloan While recently cruising Dallas projects for Christmas presents, I saw a handwritten Goodwill sign: “1/2 Off Sale!” Although Salvation Army stores are more within my budget, I figured that the sale might allow me to splurge. After entering past burglar bars, I fought my way through Texas politicians’ worst nightmares grabbing mariachi cassettes, […]

Residents list off favorite Christmas movie characters

Benna Sayyed and Robin Coffey Ashley Downs, 21, a Realtor with Prudential Master Properties “Charlie Brown in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ is my favorite Christmas movie character. I have compassion for him because he is always the underdog. The movie is wholesome and he kind of gives a little morals. I like how he always […]

Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Alisa Boswell The square in Portales will be filled with Christmas themes and lights tonight as the 25th annual Christmas Jubilee kicks off with a Christmas parade, food vendors and live music, and a few new twists. “This may be one of the best ones ever,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry. “The first […]

My turn: ENMU presents gift of music

Betty Williamson Friday evening Eastern New Mexico University presents its most beautiful annual gift to our community, wrapped in a treble clef and topped with a sleigh bell: The Holiday Concerts in the University Theater Center. In back-to-back free identical performances that begin at 6:30 and 8 p.m., choir director Jason Paulk and band director […]

Real spirit of Christmas easy to catch

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist During this time of year, it’s so easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. It’s also not that hard to rediscover it. I remember one Christmas, when I lived in Abilene, Texas, and my daughter Laura wanted a Barber Shop Cash Register. I called Wal-Mart Supercenter. They […]

Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Winning the war on Christmas

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Here we go again… the war of Christmas. Let’s forget these two words, “politically correct.” Excuse me, but I’m getting tired of hearing “someone may be offended.” Hey, this is our country and we love the land of the free! I can’t understand why those who oppose Christmas want […]

Area parades kick off holiday season

File Photo Bystanders watch a float in Clovis’ holiday parade last year. This year’s parade will be 6 p.m. Saturday on Main Street. Benna Sayyed Area Christmas parades kick off Saturday in Clovis and Muleshoe. “It’s just a feel-good parade,” said Robyne Beaubien, executive director of Clovis MainStreet about the traveling light show set to […]

Police Christmas program under way

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Alisa Boswell The Santa Cop program has kicked off at the Portales Police Department as toys begin to flood into the department for children, who would otherwise, have no Christmas gifts. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said 170 names have been submitted so far for the program and he expects there to be close to 1,500 […]

My turn: Let’s keep Christmas simple

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I remember driving through Christmas-lit neighborhoods when my daughter Laura was little. She’d excitedly exclaim, “Yayas” and “activities.” That’s what she called luminarias and nativities, my favorite holiday symbols. When I think of a traditional New Mexico Christmas, I think of luminarias and nativity scenes. I prefer these simplistic displays that capture the essence of […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Christmas, a pajama party and a Hollywood tragedy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Christmas banquet Clovis Christian Schools present “Jesus, Light of the World” 6 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. It’s a Christmas banquet and auction. Information: 763-5311. Home tour The Melrose 5th annual Christmas Tour of Homes is 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday in Melrose. […]

Make holiday shopping local affair

Saturday, Nov. 26, is Small Business Shopping Day. Be that as it may, why not allow every day, especially during Christmas shopping season, to be the day to shop locally, the day to patronize and support local businesses rather than the megastores? It’s no joke, and no accident, that those businesses are often either locally […]

Christmas contest under way

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Fundraising/voting is under way in the 2011 Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest, which is sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. This year’s field of contestants includes 11 girls, from 4 to 10 years old, each with an individual sponsor. The girls compete for the title of Little Miss Merry Christmas by raising […]

Coordinator hoping for growth with Elida’s Christmas on the Square

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Alisa Boswell Elida’s Christmas on the Square event will be held for the second year on Dec. 3. Michelle Ward, owner of The Little Things in Elida and the main coordinator for the event, said the first year was successful with visitors from not only Roosevelt County but also from Clovis, Muleshoe and Roswell. “A […]

Monday morning briefing: Christmas music, Christmas lights and who shot J.R.

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Holiday music show Mark your calendars… Eastern New Mexico University will host the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. […]