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December 23, 2004
Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? VIRGINIA O'HANLON Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little.
NEWS
December 9, 2001
Young Chang Little kids play eye tag with John Matthews even on sweltering summer days. They give him the once over and hold a steady glance as if wondering why the 70-year-old man in street clothes reminds them of someone magical. It's the beard, Matthews says. The natural cloud of long, white curls that puffs down to his upper chest and begins above his mouth with a handlebar mustache. The sharp ones don't need a red suit to remember Santa Claus in the summer.
NEWS
December 24, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: This holiday editorial first ran in 1897 in the New York Sun. The letter to the editor was from Virginia O’Hanlon. The author of the reply was veteran Sun editor Francis Church. The piece was reprinted annually until the Sun went out of business, in 1949. We’ve decided to keep that tradition going at the Daily Pilot. “Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
NEWS
December 1, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- With rosy cheeks and snowy beards, four men in red and white costumes sat on a couch Thursday arguing their authenticity. "We're Santa Claus and three of his helpers," one Santa said. "Who the real one is depends on who you ask. I know I'm the real Santa, but each of us believes we are Santa and the others are helpers. The real Santa has got to have helpers because there are a lot of children." The Santas -- who denied having "real names" -- each had evidence to prove they were the real St. Nick.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2007
A surf-themed benefit for the Children?s Hospital of Orange County takes place Nov. 3. The fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. in the Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom at the Balboa Pavilion, 400 Main St., Balboa. The second annual ?Rock for CHOC? event will begin with a cocktail reception and buffet dinner, followed by the sounds of HONK, a local rock ?n? roll band from the ?70s featured in the surf movie ?Five Summer Stories,? and the Jeffrey John Band. Santa Claus will make an appearance, and guests will have an opportunity to bid on items in a silent auction.
NEWS
By PETER BUFFA | December 3, 2006
I don't know. I just can't decide. You've seen the inflatable Christmas decorations of course. I can't decide if I like them or not. Do you? They popped up here and there over the last year or two, but this year, they're everywhere — roofs, lawns, everywhere. Most of them are inflatable snow globes. I like that part. In fact, I've been a sucker for snow globes as long as I can remember. You see the clever little scene inside; you shake it; it snows. It's perfect. The part I don't like about the inflatables is that they're too easy.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | December 6, 2008
Climbing onto Santa’s lap Saturday morning at South Coast Plaza, the only thing 9-year-old Viviana Flores could think to ask for was a new book. “Santa can pick one out for me, I don’t care which one,” Flores said, a fourth-grader at Davis Elementary School in Costa Mesa, as she clutched a red shopping bag almost as large as she was. The bag was full of gifts from the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit organization the Happiness Project. Flores was one on about 250 children who got to meet Santa Claus, ride the carousel at South Coast Plaza and grab a bag full of toys, clothes and shoes Saturday as part of the Happiness Project’s Gifts of Love event.
FEATURES
December 25, 2005
EDITOR'S NOTE: This classic holiday editorial first ran in 1897 in the New York Sun. The letter to the editor was from a young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon. The author of the reply was veteran Sun editor Francis Church. The piece was reprinted annually until the paper went out of business in 1949. We've decided to keep that tradition going here at the Daily Pilot. Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so."
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December 27, 2013
An Australian family visiting Newport Beach for the holidays made sure that Santa Claus would know where to find them on Christmas Eve. Tim and Vicki Brewer and their kids Tianna, 9, and Jed, 7, put their Christmas tree out on the beach as a signal to the big man in red. The night before Christmas, the parents were out by the tree biting into carrots and cookies and making reindeer "hoof" prints in the sand to make it look as though Santa had...
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NEWS
December 23, 2013
The following holiday classic editorial first ran in 1897 in the New York Sun. The letter to the editor was written by a young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon . The author of the reply was veteran Sun Editor Francis Church. The piece was reprinted annually until the paper went out of business in 1949. Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so. " Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | December 23, 2013
Few places go through laundry like Heritage House South in Costa Mesa. It's one of two residential treatment homes for women and children in Orange County - the other one is Heritage House North in Anaheim - which means that even with assigned laundry days, the washer-dryer situation can quickly turn hectic. "Especially when there's a lot of newborns, there are emergencies," said Lane Bemmer, who is a few months into her second stint at the house. "Kids get sick; they throw up everywhere.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | December 13, 2013
On a cloudless Friday night in Costa Mesa, the powers that be at City Hall made it snow. The white stuff, sprinkling down onto throngs of gleeful children, was part of a festive evening that marked the opening of the 47th annual Snoopy House. Some 200 families, politicians and city staff visited the hay-covered City Hall lawn to enjoy the winter tradition. Jim and Linda Jordan, as well as their helpers, started the "Peanuts"-themed display at their Eastside home 44 years ago, where it reigned as a popular tradition featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Linus, Lucy and friends.
NEWS
By Beau Nicolette | December 11, 2013
Angelica, 9, skipped to her mom, cheeks sparkling with glitter, lips shining from gloss, and said, "Mom, I got a makeover!" She beamed with her new look and pulled at her mom to explore the rest of what the Sharing the Spirit Holiday Party at South Coast Plaza had to offer Friday. The Newport Beach girl had already taken a picture with Santa Claus and received a gift bag, and as she peered down the Sears wing of the mall at the 60 tables covered in different activities, her options seemed endless.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 21, 2013
Rain turned to snow as Santa arrived at South Coast Plaza's 32nd annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Thursday night. Families in the crowd pulled their fuzzy Santa hats down tight, and a few popped up umbrellas as the first musical number began during the celebration that kicks off the Costa Mesa shopping destination's holiday season. But by the time "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" was piped through the loudspeakers at Town Center Park in front of the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel, the weather had broken.
NEWS
By The Rev. Dr. Sarah Halverson | December 21, 2012
As I reflect upon the coming of Christmas and all that has led up to it, I cannot help but yearn to experience the miracle once again. Advent demands that we look at the darkness of our world so that we can prepare our eyes to find the light. With last week's horrific shooting still raw, it seems the darkness is even darker than we could have imagined. The cultural Christmas we've created for ourselves, where the season's colors are red and green — the red "Sale" sign and the green dollar — is not enough.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | November 23, 2012
A chain of family-run hardware stores that started in Corona del Mar is offering to mail letters to Santa Claus' workshop in the North Pole - and the Big Guy will write back. Families can drop off their letters at Crown Ace Hardware until Christmas Eve. Santa has promised to write back to any child whose letter is dropped off by Dec. 5. To receive an answer, letters must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. "As a family-run business, we hope to treat our customers as family," Crown Ace Hardware President Mark Schulein said in a prepared statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Peters | November 1, 2012
The chupacabra is just a legendary monster, but what if it weren't? That's what author Michael Hebler, owner of Newport Beach-based Night After Night Publications, asks readers in his new 300-page novel, "Night of the Chupacabra," the first in a five-part series. "It's such fascinating folklore, and it's only growing by leaps every day," Hebler said of the creature, whose name translates to "goat sucker" and was originally reported in the 1990s in Puerto Rico. The fictional Western-thriller, set in a post-Civil War backdrop, follows a father hunting the legendary beast to right the wrongs committed against his family, Hebler said.
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