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Editorial: Gifts

“The light shineth in darkness.”

Walking up Main Street on Saturday evening toward Gloucester Court Circle, when the community Christmas tree would soon be illuminated, we found ourselves behind Santa Claus.

Poor Santa. Not only had he ridden in the county’s parade that afternoon, but he had scheduled and fulfilled countless other commitments that same day across the world. It’s no wonder his steps seemed a little weary as, no doubt thinking of all the overnight work ahead in the North Pole, he headed for another obligation.

Behind us walked a family with young children. One child drew in his breath. “It’s Santa!” he whispered, then more boldly, “Santa, wait! Santa Claus!” And S.C. approached the waiting crowd, and children’s eyes lit up to see him, and he lit up too, and greeted each one who reached out to him.

Countless churches and community organizations have rehearsed and are presenting special entertainments for the ...

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