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December 24, 2003
LOLITA HARPER Dear Santa, Hi. Remember me? It's Lolita Harper, from Costa Mesa. I know I haven't written you in a long time but my son, Donovan, and I stopped by the mall the other day to visit you. I was the one in the black top, grumbling about having to pay $15 for a Polaroid picture in a flimsy, construction-paper frame. Ring any bells? Anyway, I wanted to touch base with you because I have just one simple request. All I want for Christmas is a National Championship for the USC football team.
December 22, 2003
DAVID SILVA It's a strange fact, or perhaps it isn't strange at all, that the worst and the best Christmas I ever experienced happened in the same season. I was living in a tiny, one-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa with my wife. She and I were students, working a combined total of four part-time jobs just to pay the rent and almost all of our bills. In other words, we were poor, and never more so than during this particular December. I had finished writing a golf manual for a publisher in Laguna Beach, but he was taking the long road in getting around to paying me. To understand how much work I put into that golf manual, you should know that at the time I wrote it, I had played not one game of golf in my life.
By Amanda Pennington | December 16, 2006
Although Dave Skousen and his captain always enter Skousen's 63-foot yacht, Scout, in the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, Skousen said Friday that he thinks of himself as more of a Grinch. But that all changed in August when he decided he'd go all out for this year's parade. Bob Metcalf, Skousen's boat partner and captain, is a big fan of the Christmas season. But Skousen and Metcalf's boat isn't decorated like many others with the sweet images Christmas conjures, like Santa, elves and presents.
December 17, 2004
Greer Wylder Christmas is the time for giving, and three of Newport Beach's best chefs have a present for you: their favorite holiday recipes. At Roy's Newport Beach, executive chef-partner Chris Garnier suggests making a simple and elegant seafood avocado appetizer; Michel Pieton, executive chef at the Four Seasons in Newport Beach, shares his mother's roast turkey with chestnut bread stuffing, and Chef Steve Palmer, at the new Mariposa Restaurant at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island, says his family's delicious Christmas dinner "was far from the norm," yet he cherishes their broiled black mussels with tomato sauce.
By Eric Johnson | December 15, 2008
Liberty Baptist Church of Newport Beach will host a special Christmas musical entitled, "Christmas on the Air" on Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. ?Christmas on the Air? tells the captivating story of a live radio broadcast from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Actors portray the nativity scene and experience a modern-day lesson in giving and receiving. You will love the message of the new, beautifully arranged Christmas songs, including Who Could Imagine, When She Looks at Jesus, and Go Tell, as well as fresh arrangements of traditional carols.
December 24, 2002
Weatherford Clayton Tired of hunting for Christmas presents? Still looking for meaningful presents for your loved ones? Have I got a deal for you. It's an innovative idea. No money down, no chasing around the mall parking lot searching for a parking place. You might call it a fresh approach to giving presents. It's wrapped with kindness and tied with the ribbon of love. It's based on time-tested principles that came to light thousands of years ago when a star appeared in the heavens.
December 12, 2002
in your family Beloveds in Christ, What is central about "Christmas" to you? Fewer than half of Americans who identify themselves as Christian say the most important part of Christmas is the birth of Jesus. Of more than 1,000 people surveyed, 88 percent identified themselves as Christians and only 37 percent of those Christians said that Jesus' birth is the most significant aspect of Christmas. Now, truly beloveds, I am not saying that the mass of Christ (Christmas)
December 5, 2006
This year's Corona del Mar Christmas Walk attracted about 5,000 people who donated 20 bins of gifts to Toys for Tots, Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce President Linda Leonhard said Monday. The event, held Sunday along West Coast Highway, was the 28th annual walk and featured about a dozen bands playing Christmas music, folk songs and surf tunes, as well as the Oasis Senior Center's ukulele players. Some U.S. Marines came by to collect toy donations, most Corona del Mar businesses were open, and there was rock climbing, face painting and magicians to entertain kids, Leonhard said.
By PETER HAYNES | December 26, 2008
In a “Family Circus” comic, little Billy watches Dad put up Christmas decorations and says, “Christmas lights up the world, doesn’t it, Daddy?” Of course Christmas does! Yet, as an early saint said, “It is easy to think Christmas and it is possible to believe Christmas, but it is a challenge to act Christmas.” At Christmas we get what we most want and need: The one from whom we have come and to whom we are returning loving us so much as to come among us as one of us — Jesus, the human life of God. We receive direction on how to become Godly people: Gathered at Bethlehem’s manger, we are poised between love’s completion or frustration, between love’s triumph or tragedy.
December 29, 2009
Submitted by Cornelia Fuertes True to a ten year old tradition St. Joachim School participated also this year in the Operations Christ Child program to bring the Christmas spirit alive. The school chose to adopt two less fortunate neighborhood families to brighten up their 2009 Christmas with presents and food. The two Costa Mesa families have twelve to thirteen family members each and among these are fifteen children, waiting for the magic of Christmas. St. Joachim School was determined to make it a memorable Christmas for all. Last Thursday was the final day of the program and St. Joachim could proudly look upon a wealth of donated presents.
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