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Today's Features

  • We made it through another Thanksgiving with the relatives and the biggest shopping day of the year. Now, it’s time to do your imitation of Clark Griswold’s house for the next big celebration in a little less than one month.

    At my house, the decorating is limited to a wreath on the front door and lights outlining the shape of an Oshio-Beni Japanese maple. The limited investment in decorations leaves me with some time to work in the garden. And, there are plenty of things to do during these short, late fall days.

  • The Bolivia Brunswick County Chapter of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus (NCBLC) is partnering with Wal-Mart in Leland to give away more than 100 turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauces and yams to needy families with children and low-wealth seniors Dec. 14 at the store from 4 and 7 p.m.

    To place your name on the list, call 278-7245.

  • Here is a list of this week’s municipal and nonprofit holiday events to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

    Calabash parade, tree lighting

    Come celebrate the 22nd annual Calabash Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade in downtown Calabash on Friday night, Dec. 1.

    Holiday fun includes local entertainment, candlelight caroling, hot cocoa and refreshments, children’s crafts and a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus.

  • Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue at 758 Longwood Road will host its 12th Annual Christmas Toy & Train Show from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3 and Dec. 9 and 10.

    Layouts run the gamut, from the smallest “Z” scale toted in a suitcase to larger G, O, HO, N-scale models in multiple layouts, in addition to 1/32-scale.

    Displays are highlighted with authentic train sounds, adding bells and whistles to an already popular pastime.

  • The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be Nov. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brunswick County Courthouse. Brunswick County Teen Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County Schools.

  • Note: This is an amended version of a column published in 2003 when I first became the Beacon’s religion columnist.

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    What a difference one letter makes! I like to think of ThanksLIVING as an endless season.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like the turkey and trimmings as much as anyone else. It’s just that the spirit of the season could have a much longer shelf life.

    Unlike other traditions, the season of ThanksLIVING has no beginning or end. It’s rooted in the spirit of gratitude that can occur all year long.

     

    Practice makes perfect

  • By John Nelson

     

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    Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving seems to be the one time of the year we traditionally know what to expect and what we will be eating. It’s the one holiday most of us like to celebrate at home, unlike the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve, when everyone usually goes out somewhere to celebrate.

  • Each Thanksgiving, Americans families and friends gather around tables, pile plates full of food, remember good times and those who left too soon or were unable to join, and toast another holiday season. In 68 percent of U.S. homes, a dog, cat or other furry, feathered or scaled companion will be eagerly anticipating dropped morsels, secret servings and leftovers.

    I encourage you to include your pet in celebrating the holidays whenever possible. Here are some tips for safely sharing Thanksgiving with your pets.