David Pearson (l.), with his stepmother Susan Pearson (c.) and his mother Amanda Haddock, unpack gifts the family purchased for area children diagnosed with cancer. David, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer, wanted his family to shop for gifts for others instead of for him.
3) Some Different Christmas Traditions, via the Christian Science Monitor – http://tinyurl.com/285yzu7
a. Czech Republic and Slovakia
On each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, Mexicans hold a posada, a procession and performance that re-creates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Participants form a procession in the streets that takes them to the door of an inn. The procession often involves caroling and candles, and ends in a party that often features pinatas and tamales.
3) The spirit of Christmas is alive and well, even at a shopping mall:
“On Nov.13 2010 unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch. Over 100 participants in this awesome Christmas Flash Mob”