December 22, 2001
This Christmas promises to be one that will go down on my list of top 10 best life experiences. Being that I'm only 23, that prediction may be a little premature, but I honestly can't imagine anything more wonderful than being able to witness the joy of the holiday season through the innocent eyes of a child. I have been afforded such a luxury by observing my son, Donovan. He turned 2 in September and is just old enough to realize there is such a thing as Christmas but not yet old enough to equate it with getting oodles of presents.
November 5, 2002
"Summer, 'cause I like to go to the pool." ALEXA CLAYFIELD, 6 Irvine "Christmas, 'cause I like Santa giving me presents like Barbies and Barbie cars." TAYLOR JACKSON, 5 Paramount "Christmas, 'cause I get a lot of presents and I get to spend time with my family and friends." CODY MILLAGER, 7 1/2 Costa Mesa "Halloween, 'cause you can go trick-or- treating and get lots of candy and you get to dress up as whoever you want."
September 5, 2008
The Junior League of Orange County has set the date for its annual shopping event and signature fundraiser, The Christmas Company, for Nov. 13 through 16 at the OC Fair and Event Center. In its 33rd year, The Christmas Company will have a new look from Sandra Thompson, the new event chairwoman. Shoppers can choose from more than 100 vendors for various items. Special events will include a Preferred Shopping Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Nov. 13 for $35, as well as a Girls Night Out for $30 that night from 6 to 10 p.m. An evening of Food and Wine will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 14, priced at $75. Other events can be found and tickets purchased at the organization’s website, www.jlocc.
December 18, 2004
CINDY TRANE CHRISTESON "We have this moment to hold in our hand, and to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand. Yesterday's gone and tomorrow may never come, but we have this moment today." -- Bill and Gloria Gaither "The most vivid memories of Christmases past are usually not of gifts given or received, but of the spirit of love, the special warmth of Christmas worship, the cherished little habits of the home, the results of others acting in the spirit of Christ."
December 27, 2001
The Camelot Guild, one of the most prominent chapters of support for the Orange County Performing Arts Center, invited its membership to a holiday dinner and a viewing of the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. Arriving at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, guests were greeted by members of the Camelot family serenading the season with renditions of Christmas favorites. The carolers were actually longtime supporters of the Camelot Guild -- Ray DeMott, Sam Stone, and the much-loved Nora Johnson and her husband, Jim. As the quartet sang a lively rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," the crowd arrived wearing mostly red attire.
September 26, 2007
Long legs and short, red velvet costumes trimmed in white fur. Christmas was in the air as two of the Radio City Rockettes danced into Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar on Monday as part of a weeklong promotion for the upcoming “Christmas Spectacular” at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Tickets to performances of the holiday classic, running from Dec. 13 through Dec. 30 in Segerstrom Hall, went on sale this week, with prices ranging from $25 to $75. Autumn Withers and Alexis Thebolt were treated to a peek of the decorated Christmas showroom at Roger’s.
October 28, 2007
In the midst of devastating wildfires still raging around us during the worst fire season in California history, South Coast Plaza has hoisted a 96-foot-tall white fir in Town Center Park to signal the holidays are here. It’s no surprise; the Christmas tree erection is an annual disturbance to our daily routines — the first big local event early in the season that makes us stop and think about pending happy times when (those who are lucky) will be gathered with family and friends.
December 19, 2004
PETER BUFFA It's almost here. Are you ready? Have the stockings been hung by the chimney with care, in the hopes that St. Nicholas so forth and so on? No? For heaven's sake, people, let's get a move on. What do you think this is -- a holiday? You only have six days left: 144 hours, 8,640 minutes, 518,400 seconds. In the time it took you to reach this comma, (see comma, to your left) you could have bought .75 gifts, built at least one layer of the seven-layer cookies, trimmed two-thirds of a branch.
December 11, 2009
The chic Island Hotel, Newport Beach, kicked off the Christmas season with its annual Toys for Tots reception in the grand ballroom. Decorated in spectacular winter wonderland fashion with a decidedly whimsical edge by talented Andrew Gromek of Couture Flowers, the reception welcomed hundreds of holiday revelers anxious to drop an unwrapped toy in the Island Hotel collection. The gifts will be distributed by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves to needy children and families.
December 16, 2006
"It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself." — CHARLES DICKENS I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say, "Christmas is for children," but it seems like children often get lost in the hustle and bustle of the season. Instead of focusing on simple pleasures, there is intense pressure on people to buy gifts that are bigger, brighter and better than what they have or may even need.