Category Archives: Holidays

Community Effort: YMCA, Seven Arrows and Residents Provide Backpacks

Members of the Palisades-Malibu YMCA joined with the Antelope Valley YMCA in Lancaster to hand out school backpacks filled with school supplies and snacks to local elementary school children and their families on December 18. Palisades-Malibu YMCA Board members Dr. Anita … Continue reading

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“Holly Jolly Christmas” Can Come Any Day

  “Holly Jolly Christmas,” sung by Burl Ives, was echoing through the house – his singing just seemed to make everything happy. The kids were decorating Christmas cookies, the tree was trimmed, the tiny little Dickens village was set up, … Continue reading

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Playing the Holy Family – and the Magic of Christmas

My second born had colic. During the day he was the sweetest child, but at night just like Jekyll, he turned into a screaming stranger. The crying went on for three to four hours every night and doctors couldn’t offer … Continue reading

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“It’s a Wonderful Life,” a Wonderful Celebration at Theatre Palisades

We now can enjoy two annual Christmas celebrations in Pacific Palisades. One, the revived Ho!Ho!Ho! in Temescal Canyon, provides a warm community event. This year, family and children gathered with Santa at Simon Meadow on a Saturday. The second event … Continue reading

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Angels Whispering Messages of Peace 

(Editor’s note: this was first printed in December 2004, when my children were 13, 11 and 8. ) Since the time I was a baby, every Christmas I heard the song “It came upon a midnight clear. . ..” I’ve … Continue reading

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The Brownstone Tree

(Editor’s note: Over the next five nights, I plan to run stories/viewpoints that I’ve written that center around Christmas. This is a story I wrote 20 years ago.) When I lived in New York and took acting classes, I was … Continue reading

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A Grinch Cannot Stop This Year’s Ho!Ho!Ho! Festivities

The anticipation was high on Saturday as Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrived at Fire Station 69 and were transported to Simon Meadow atop the hook-and-ladder truck. Hearing sirens and seeing lights flashing, drivers pulled over, but once they saw Santa … Continue reading

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Corpus Christi Promotes the Spirit of Giving with “Santa Claus Saturday”

Corpus Christi Parish will conduct a special event this week called “Santa Claus Saturday,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot, off Carey Street. Unwrapped toys, dolls, games, balls, hoodies, art supplies, bikes, scooters or a … Continue reading

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Seven Arrows Kindergarten Students Lead a Food Drive

What can a small group do to help the community? Just ask Seven Arrows Elementary kindergarten students and they can tell you that they were able to help collect almost 11,000 food items that were donated to the Westside Food … Continue reading

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Busy Holiday Weekend Planned at Simon Meadow

  SATURDAY: SANTA CLAUS COMES TO TOWN Santa Claus arrives on December 11 at Simon Meadow in Temescal Canyon. Kids of all ages can compose Letters to Santa and drop them in special Ho!Ho!Ho! mailboxes at Simon Meadow. Letters to Santa … Continue reading

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