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Christmas presence: BADA presents ‘Unto Us A Son’

 By Madeline Gilliam
Special to the Times-News

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Virginia Dupont, right, holds Noah Dupont (Baby Jesus) in a scene from the Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts' "Unto Us A Son." [Photo submitted

“Let them praise His name with dancing.” — Psalm   149:3

Some of the first things that come to mind when  thinking about Christmas are most likely giving and  receiving gifts, decorating the tree, or sharing traditions  with family and friends. But when I start to think about  the real meaning of Christmas, my thoughts wander to  what it must have been like the night Jesus was born. I  imagine there was a chill in the air and a vision of a  million stars in the sky.
As I slip my foot into my pointe shoe, I see a similar  vision come to life as the stars dance across the floor during rehearsal of the Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts’ (BADA) biennial production of “Unto Us A Son,” the story of the birth of Christ. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, and Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus.
The news spread quickly throughout the town, causing the people of the village to have hope in what they had heard of the Messiah’s coming. This moment is revealed as the curtains open and the music begins to play. It’s amazing to think of how the innkeeper was unaware that his small read more…


Celebrating the season: Readers share their family traditions

By Alley Morris
Times-News correspondent

   Christmas lights, decorations, ringing bells and singing carols are all traditions of the Christmas season.
Alyssa Norwood, 14, of McLeansville, has a holiday tradition that includes a birthday celebration of her own.
“On Christmas Eve, I get to open one Christmas gift and one birthday gift, because I was born on Dec. 25. On Christmas Day, I wake up and go downstairs at 9:04 a.m., the time I was born, to open my gifts,” she said.
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A taste of Christmas

By Lydia Pankratz
Times-News correspondent

   Toffee is one of my favorite Christmas recipes. It’s a recipe my Grandma got from a friend many years ago and which has been a staple in our Christmas baking ever since. In fact, I can’t remember a Christmas without its caramel-ey, sweet and salty, chocolatey, crunchy goodness. Toffee is one of the only Christmas cookies we make more than once in December — it disappears quickly. If you try it, you will see why. I hope this recipe adds some joy to your Christmas celebrations.

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