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Today's Features

  • Granny Summers’ small New Cut house was built on a foundation of love that glowed every Christmas.

    A widow since before my birth, she didn’t have much, but she had Jesus, and to her, that was all that mattered. She passed on that sort of love – one that gives and not takes – to her children and 16 grandchildren. It molded us and continues to shape our lives.

    So what do you get someone who doesn’t need anything for Christmas?

  • One of my favorite Christmas memories is of my father and the last Christmas with him.

    Every Christmas my brothers, sisters and I were allowed to choose one thing we wanted for Christmas. I wanted a Cinderella watch more than anything.

    When Christmas Eve came we went to bed at 5 p.m. because we were told Santa would not come until we were asleep. I could not sleep because all I could think about was the beautiful Cinderella watch I was going to get. My older sister had to read to us to help us to go to sleep.

  • I have my share of Christmas memories, and these are ones I recall about my children, Caroline and Jackson, in their childhood.

    When Jackson was a youngster, one Christmas Day I asked him about Christmas Eve night. I asked if he slept well with all the anticipation of the big day with Santa’s visit to our home.

    Jackson said he did wake up during the night and peered out his window.

    To my surprise, I wondered aloud what he saw out on our lawn.

  • One of my favorite memories of Christmas was December 2002. Each year, when my family gets together on Christmas Eve, we have a small memorial service for our family members who have passed away. We read a special poem, say their names aloud and light candles for each member. It is very emotional and special.

  • Whether jewelry is her thing or she’s crazy about decorating, she loves guns and gadgets or is the monogram queen, there are so many ways to make the woman in your life feel merry and bright at Christmas.
    Stores in the Lancaster area are stocked with gift items for every type of woman.
    For those who have a home décor habit, Winona’s Flowers and Gifts at 3177 Pageland Highway and the Purple Rooster at 106 E. Gay St. are good places to start.

  • The secret to finding a gift for a man is as simple as buying where his interests lie.
    Sportsman or spectator, grill-master or taste-tester, handyman or craftsman, there are so many options around Lancaster to find great gifts for him.  

    Guns and ammo
    R&G Sporting Goods, located at 1890 Great Falls Highway, is stocked with gifts for the outdoorsman with hunting and fishing gear. The most popular gifts of the season are guns and ammo.

  • The candle light poles are up and ready for another old-fashioned Christmas in Van Wyck.
    The holiday festivities begin this weekend as the small community that sits between Indian Land and Lancaster holds two events – a parade Dec. 12 and a candle-lighting worship event Dec. 13 – to usher in the spirit of Christmas.

  • Toys from the movies “Star Wars,” “Frozen,” “Minions” and “Jurassic World” are covering the shelves at local stores and are projected favorites for kids this year.
    It’s the most wonderful time of year for retailers as holiday spending is expected to reach a new average high of $805.65 per person on food items, decorations, gifts and more, up from $802.45 in 2014, according to a National Retail Federation survey.

  • Three Lancaster families will ring in the holiday spirit Dec. 6 for the Lancaster Garden Club’s 29th annual Christmas Tour of Homes. That 2015 seasonal soundtrack includes hoots with  Christy and Doug Barnes, family laughter with Gwen and Audrey Curry and the make-believe march of toy soldiers with Clara and Rusty Reed.

    Do you hear what we hear?