Jesus’ birth quite a story

Have you given any thought to whether there were any cows in the barn on Christmas Eve that night two thousand and ten years ago? All Luke says is there was a manger. It doesn’t take much Bible reading to inform us that cows have been domesticated for centuries. Why, Adam even named ‘em. They’re […]

Clovis resident hosting charity light show

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With 7,000 lights and Christmas music, visitors can take part in the holiday spirit. A holiday display at 1024 Jeanie Drive in Clovis is lit 7-9 p.m. nightly through Christmas for people to enjoy. With the tunes from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, the Boston Pops, The Carpenters, as well as classic children’s holiday songs and […]

My turn: Christmas eases stress of moving

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Chaos! That’s how I describe moving during Christmas time. For the second time in eight years, I’m moving during Advent, the season that’s supposed to be a period of joyful expectation as we wait upon baby Jesus. So what do I have? “Joyful chaos!” It’s like the saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” […]

Community helps spread Christmas cheer at children’s homes

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By Alisa Boswell: PNT staff writer A day at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales is almost like any other family household. There is the daily routine of the children going to school, coming home and doing chores and homework. But during the holidays, family takes on a special meaning with lots of […]

Christmas cheer lifts spirits

What is it about this time of the year that makes it so different from any other? Why are our spirits lifted to the strains of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friends and family’s thoughts turn toward home? Could it just be the Christ Child brings light and hope to a […]

Christmas parade lights up Portales

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Argen Duncan With antique trucks, horses wearing Christmas lights, Santa Claus and Nativity scenes, the annual Christmas Jubilee Lighted Parade rolled through Portales Friday night. For the 24th annual Jubilee, organized by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, the weather was breezy and mild. Chamber Executive Director and Portales Mayor Sharon King said the parade […]

Portales past: Dec. 25, 1983

Dec. 25, 1983: Portales News-Tribune: Dear Santa, Merry Christmas! I hope you have a good Christmas and a happy new year! I wont a remote control car and a soccer ball. Your friend, Denver Collins

Portales past: Dec. 14, 1956

Dec. 14, 1956: The Portales Daily News: According to their annual custom, three clubs at Eastern New Mexico University gave a Christmas party for children from the Baptist and Christian children’s homes and a selected group of other children from the community.

Christmas Jubilee to light up Portales

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Christmas lights, candy, music and shopping. The 24th annual Christmas Jubilee is bringing all of that to downtown Portales Friday. The family event includes a lighted Christmas parade, live music by MasterWorks and extended hours for some downtown businesses. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event. “This is a holiday tradition for […]

Their view: Good to see Portales celebrate Christmas openly

David James Stuckenberg of Portales offers this view on public displays of Christmas:

Taco Box to host nightly Christmas light show

Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Taco Box restaurant will again feature a nightly light show, set to Trans-Siberian Orchesta music. The eight-son show, with four songs by TSO, will run every hour and half hour from 5-9 p.m. The music will be broadcast on 88.5 FM, and hot chocolate is available inside free of charge. The […]

Love makes best gift

Our first newlywed Christmas happened in a “mansion.” (We thought.) My husband, Emmitt, had just finished his tenure in the Army. We lived in “Vetville,” rows of army barracks converted to apartments. They housed World War II veterans for $25 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school on […]

ENMU briefs — Dec. 1

ENMU hosting holiday concert Eastern New Mexico University will host the Symphonic Band, Chamber Singers and University Singers in their annual Holiday Concert at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday on the Mainstage of the University Theatre Center. The groups are to perform several Christmas songs. Audience members can join with the performers as they play […]

Elida residents aim to revive town square with Christmas spirit

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Alisa Boswell The sights and sounds of Christmas will make their way to the Elida town square Friday night. The village is holding its inaugural Christmas on the Square event, starting at 6 p.m. Shops surrounding the square will be open for business. Each shop will display Christmas lights and hand out free refreshments. The […]

Little Miss Merry Christmas on way

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PNT staff report The Little Miss Merry Christmas contest is returning for another holiday season, with a few changes this year. The annual contest raises money for white lights displayed on the Roosevelt County Courthouse and other places around town during the Christmas season. This year, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County […]

Cattleman’s challenge curbs carcinogens

I sent the final postcard to Bob before Christmas. For the last 20 years I’ve sent a postcard to Bob and Dottie from every place I traveled. That would be over a thousand cards. I didn’t write much on them, just where I was, what the weather was doin’, and maybe what group I was […]

Portales promoting local shopping with Christmas crawl

PNT staff report This Christmas season, the Portales MainStreet Program is featuring the Portales Christmas Crawl to promote local shopping, according to a news release from the organization. Participants can win gift certificates and products from local merchants. People interested have from Friday to Dec. 11 to get a promotional booklet with instructions from a […]

Friday morning briefing: Bright lights, cookies with Santa and inviso-power

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Bright lights in the big city Registration is under way for the annual Clovis Christmas Light Parade. This year’s illuminating line-up gets started 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Registration forms are now available at the chamber, 105 E. Grand, and Clovis MainStreet office, 621-A Main […]

Church collecting gifts for Operation Christmas child

Freedom New Mexico Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis will be serving as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child, according to a news release. Operation Christmas Child provides shoe boxes of gifts to more than eight million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disasters, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty, the release said. The […]