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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    You go through life, and you become aware of various truths. For instance, for me as a teacher (maybe you, too?), it seems students are getting steadily younger. What about this one: A lot of books out there were apparently printed with shrinking ink. And here’s another: Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year, it seems. As far as Christmas and this long string of holidays now upon us, here's a botanical reminder of the rapidly changing seasons.

  • An age-old winter custom is the drinking of wassail, which is drunk at Christmas time, New Years and the Twelfth Night. Wassail is a greeting, meaning, “Be in good health!”

    Wassail is also associated with caroling. As the story goes, men would carry a large vessel, usually with handles, from house to house. They would sing, get the vessel filled again, and then go on to the next house. It was a sign of good luck to have them visit.

  • My name is Joseph. I am a carpenter by trade. By nature, I am a man who loves solitude, who finds joy in creation. My love for nature led me to find deep pleasure and profound value in the working of wood. There are so few trees in my country. Each is a precious commodity, a priced gift. It always surprises me to know others cannot see the pricelessness and art found in woodworking.

  • Light up your yuletide this season with the Holiday Laser Music Show at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Show time is 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 3 at the planetarium at 7625 High Market Street.

    The show features colorful laser images displayed on the domed ceiling of the planetarium’s SciDome Sky Theater, to the accompaniment of classic holiday music like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

  • CALABASH—The town of Calabash and the Calabash Community Service Committee will host their fourth annual New Year’s Eve public bonfire and celebration starting at 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Dec. 31.

    Festivities are once again scheduled in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot at 9975 Nance St. on the Calabash Riverfront.

    A hot complimentary meal of ham with scalloped potatoes, clam chowder, green beans, rolls or cornbread and dessert will be served in addition to hot beverages (cocoa, tea, coffee, apple cider).

  • A lineup of llamas, horseback riders, county officials and other participants will highlight the annual Bolivia Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 20.

    Lineup starts at 10 a.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex, with the parade launching at 11 a.m.

    The parade will proceed from the complex through Bolivia on Old Ocean Highway and will end at Bolivia Elementary School at 4036 U.S. 17 Business East in Bolivia.

    The road will be blocked off before the parade start time.

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    Good ol’ Hubby Dear had a yen for a somewhat expensive art book. At least, he thought its price was more than he should spend on himself. To assuage his guilt over desiring such a gift, he told me it would suffice for both Christmas and birthday presents. Then he boyishly asked me what I wanted for Christmas. My teasing response was, “All  I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.”

  •  By Cheryle Syracuse

    You don’t need me to tell you that Christmas is getting closer and closer. Many folks still have plans to making and give some homemade or home-baked gifts this year. With that in mind I have two thoughts to share about homemade gifts, one a caution and the other a quick and somewhat healthful idea.

  •  By John Nelson

  •  Sauerbraten is a favorite of mine to be served around the holidays. It’s not just a dish you can make for just two, three or four people. Since I start out with a 4- to 5-pound beef roast, it is more conducive to a larger gathering around the holiday season.