Monthly Archives: December 2017

Fresh start: New year a chance to accomplish goals

Times-News correspondents    New Year’s typically means compiling a list of   things you’d like to accomplish. A few of the   Teens & 20s writers have shared their dreams   and goals for 2018. One thing I’m hoping to do differently in the   New Year would be to start doing things for   my family and others that [...]

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Things To Do (week of Jan. 1, 2018)

Times-News • “On Your Feet” national touring production: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham. $25 to $130. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. • “Children: Our Colorful Future”: ongoing viewing starting Thursday, Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the [...]

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Spreading joy: Caroling is a way to show you care

By Lydia Pankratz Times-News correspondent Christmas caroling can be a wonderful way to   spread joy at Christmastime, even if the   carolers aren’t excellent singers. “I think it has a loving effect. It is always nice   knowing that you are thought of and cared   about. In my experience the recipient is very   grateful for a visit,” [...]

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Origin of the Christmas tree

By Andrew Pankratz Times-News correspondent    How did we get the Christmas tree? Ancient Roman culture dictated that the people should honor the emperor by placing evergreen boughs around the entrance to their homes. Evergreens were also used in decorating for winter feasts. Because idol worship was identified with evergreen decorations, the Early Church condemned [...]

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Things To Do (week of Dec. 25, 2017)

Times-News • Avett Brothers’ 14th annual New Year’s Eve Show: 8:30 p.m. Sunday, PNC Arena, Raleigh. $39 to $205; tickets available through Ticketmaster. • Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. now through Jan. 1, 4061 Clemmons Rd., Clemmons. $15 per car, van or truck; $35 vans, limousines and mini-buses; and $100 [...]

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Christmas presence: BADA presents ‘Unto Us A Son’

 By Madeline Gilliam Special to the Times-News “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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Things To Do (week of Dec. 18, 2017)

Times-News • Christmas in the Park: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Burlington City Park, 1333 Overbrook Rd., Burlington. Free, but some events require a charge. 336-222-5030 or www.btowneventsnc.com. • WPCM Christmas Cheer fundraiser featuring “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”: 9 p.m. Friday, Graham Cinema, 119 N. Main St., Graham. $3 per person; all profits will [...]

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Showcasing talents: Eastern Alamance High School’s Winter Dance Concert is Dec. 17

By Karissa Ruiz Special to the Times-News    MEBANE — The Winter Dance Concert on Dec. 17 is an opportunity for Eastern Alamance High School dance students to “showcase what we have learned throughout the year to our friends and family,” said sophomore Ava Pearson. The show is at 3 p.m. in the high school [...]

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