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Today's Features

  •  Whenever I read the Matthean infancy narrative I feel the anguish of two good people who were flying in the face of the law and customs of their people. Here was an unwed mother trying to tell her fiancé that she is pregnant — but not with his child — and is, as well, still a virgin. Three facts, one more astoundingly incredible than the other, were his to swallow.

  • Brunswick School of Dance joins The Wilmington Ballet Company to present two performances of “The Nutcracker Ballet” this weekend at Cape Fear Community College.

    Show times are 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, on the Cape Fear Stage of the Wilson Center, CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center at 703 N. Third St. in Wilmington.

  • A lineup of llamas, horseback riders, county officials and other participants will highlight the annual Bolivia Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 17.

    Parade participants need to meet for lineup no later than 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 at 10:45 a.m. and will reopen at the end of the parade.

  •  This time of year, I usually write about poinsettias, Christmas trees or something sentimental (some might say “sappy”) about family, friends and days gone by. The plant breeders have made poinsettias so good, most of the things we once discussed don’t really matter anymore. Fraser fir trees are durable enough to last well into January without becoming a fire hazard. And, for whatever reason, the sentimental stuff hasn’t kicked in yet.

    So, let’s talk about the subject that always generates the most questions in my world: lawn care.

  •  It’s getting close to the time to make some final decisions if you’re going to mail food gifts to someone for Christmas.

    Many people are interested in sending their own family favorites to friends and family. I’ve heard of a mom putting frozen sausage in a post office overnight envelope because the daughter couldn’t get a special kind where she moved. (Note: I don’t recommend this unless you take special care to send it in an insulated container with some form of ice. Thawing food at room, or mail truck, temperature is not recommended!)

  • By Linda Arnold

    Just on the off chance your holidays are not totally Norman Rockwell-esque, take a look at the following checklist.

         Right now I’m feeling:

         _____  Jolly

       _____    Frenzied

       ______   Sad

      ______    Lonely

  •  By John Nelson

  •  Christmas season is hard upon us. Long weeks of jingling bells, canned carols, red and green ornamented store aisles have filled this time with advertised calls to buy … buy … buy. Little notice has been given to the presence of an Advent expectancy, a waiting time spent in remembering as well as preparing for renewed birth.

  •  Cookies are basically the point of Christmas, right? And, since Christmas cookies don’t have calories, you can bake all you want without feeling guilty. Seriously though, what aroma better captures the fragrance of the season?