Trail of Lights by Bob Bowman
Visit Kilgore, Marshall and Jefferson in East Texas
and Natchitoches and Shreveport in Louisiana
Day Trips by Bob Bowman
A list of places to spend the holidays in East Texas:
Marshall - You can
light up your life at Marshall where the downtown area is ablaze
with a a lighting spectacular that includes 3,000 miles of string
lighting, 2.5 million bulbs, and 8,000 manhours of volunteer work.
It is the nation¹s largest concentrated Christmas lighting display.
- Another Christmas lighting display is in Tyler, where the Municipal
Rose Garden comes alive each December with a Winter Lights Festival.
Visitors can stroll through a series of larger-than-life illuminated
sculptures of holiday figures and a 14-acre garden of lights.
the red-nosed pumping unit by Bob Bowman
If you drive through Lufkin during the holidays, be sure to take
notice of one of East Texas’ most unusual Christmas decorations...
Grand Old Lady On The Square." Lavaca County Courthouse
by Murray Montgomery
Christmas Destinations & Hotels >
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Higher Calling by Maggie Van Ostrand 12-19-14
Once upon a time just a few years ago, a little pine tree stood
in the deep forest, isolated and naked. He wondered aloud why he
was so small and skinny while a big pine tree standing just several
feet away had so many full and lusty branches.
Posadas by Maggie Van Ostrand
Not that the commercialization of Christmas has totally taken over
... Las Posadas begins on December 16th and continues each night
through Christmas eve. ...
Christmas Flower by Maggie Van Ostrand
Once upon a time in Mexico, a little boy was walking to church on
Christmas Eve. He wanted to see the Nativity scene. He thought hard
about a gift to bring the Christ child, but had no money to buy
by Archie P. McDonald
Every Christmas your house and mine brightens with the seasonal
introduction of the poinsettia plant with its red and green leaves
and tiny yellow blooms. Perhaps you would like to know how such
came to be.
by Mike Cox
While not quite on the level of "A Christmas Carol," "The Miracle
on 42nd Street," or "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," the story
of the McDade Christmas clean up has become one of Texas' more frequently
told Yuletide tales.
by C. F. Eckhardt
The Murder Of LaSalle County Sheriff Charles B. McKinney
Day Eastland Texas hanged Santa Claus
by John Troesser
"... And to think that it happened on Mulberry Street!"
Night the Posse Chased Santa
by Maggie Van Ostrand
"[T]he most spectacular crime in the history of the Southwest ...
surpassing any in which Billy the Kid or the James boys had ever
I Want For Christmas" by Maggie Van Ostrand 12-22-17
Apache Christmas by Mike Cox 12-21-17
by Jase Graves 12-15-17
Songs of Christmas by Maggie Van Ostrand 12-16-16
Stories by Mike Cox 12-15-16
Cowboys' Christmas Ball by Michael Barr 1-1-16
Falling on the Texas Panhandle by
Mike Cox 12-23-15
of Cookies Past by Mike Cox
Christmas Gifts: It Is Harder to Receive Than to Give by Maggie
Time in 1944 by Lois Zook Wauson
Santa Legal In Arizona? by Maggie Van Ostrand
Santa, a cheerful, chubby, bespectacled fellow in red, appears each
year to distribute toys once created in his North Pole workshop,
and recently outsourced to Mexico...
Tex: Son of Santa
by Mike Cox
Living in the Mid-1900’s by Bruce Martin
For one Christmas trip, I was bundled in blankets in the back of
Dad’s ’52 Chevy pick-up truck...
Oldest Bakery Ships Thousands of Pounds of Holiday Desserts
by Dana Goolsby
The oldest bakery in Texas has been busy all year preparing for
their busiest season of the year. The holiday season rush begins
during the hot East Texas summer months for Eilenberger’s Bakery,
located in historic downtown Palestine.
is what we choose to make it
As you read this it is Christmas Eve. Some are glad the whole exciting
season is almost over, when, in truth, it has actually just begun.
Dinner by Mike Cox
In the letter the Galveston News published on Dec. 21, 1893, the
former ranger A. J. Sowell expanded on an incident he had only mentioned
briefly in his 1884 book “Rangers and Pioneers of Texas.”
Maggie Van Ostrand
Christmas shopping for me will always be the once-upon-a-time of
memory: walking on Fifth Avenue — it's probably snowing, windows
decorated like the fairy tales of childhood...
Art of Re-Gifting by Maggie Van Ostrand
Every time my kids ask what I want for Christmas, I now tell them
"nothing." Last year, I told them "Nothing I have to dust," but
that didn't work and I got a bunch of nice presents I have to dust...
Shooting by Mike Cox
Many Texas families have their particular Christmas traditions,
but the way the Hornsby clan used to observe the holiday may just
take the fruitcake...
Day in History by Britt Towery
Historic Events on Christmas Day
Books Are Great Christmas Gifts by Britt Towery
There is no writer more linked to Christmas (not counting the New
Testament writers), than the prolific 19th century author, Charles
Crookedest Christmas Tree by Maggie Van Ostrand
There's something obscene about spending so much money at Christmastime.
It’s not like we’re the Three Wise Men hiking across the desert
to gift the baby Jesus. I don’t even know what frankincense is,
let alone myrrh. So let’s get down to the most important symbol
of all: the Christmas tree itself...
Ives and Santa by Peary Perry
Last week a friend of mine had to opt out of playing Santa at a
local church so he conned me into going in his place.
Christmas by Mike Cox
No matter how she came to be called Belle Christmas, she had a reputation
as a local character long before someone dreamed up the “Keep Austin
Weird” bumper sticker...
But Odd Gift Ideas by Mike Cox
The December 1911 issue of a long-forgotten but fun-to-read iconoclastic
monthly called K. Lamity’s Harpoon offered a full-page ad from a
Uvalde taxidermist with some unusual gift items for sale that some
modern readers will probably wish were still available today...
Trees in the Oil Patch by N. Ray Maxie
"Growing older, I learned that there was a “forever” Christmas
tree a short distance from our house. Everyday looking out my bedroom
window I could see the tree and it sure did not look like the holiday
tree I had become accustomed to.."
was your Christmas by Peary Perry
Every year most of us will answer that annual question of “How was
your Christmas” with the same old refrain of…”Oh, it was the best
ever….it was wonderful.” Now, a lot of us are lying through our
teeth since Christmas isn’t always wonderful and in a lot of cases
it isn’t any fun...
the Shoeshine Man, Sam Maceo and Christmas Eve 1949 by Bill
A Galveston Christmas story.
Blue Christmas by Maggie Van Ostrand
In the vast fellowship of Christendom, December 25th is a time to
celebrate the birth of Christ by attending church, singing carols,
and watching "It's A Wonderful Life." The Christmas season is an
occasion for tree-trimming and the giving of gifts to loved ones
-- gifts once symbolic, now spendaholic.
Isn’t Just For Christmas Anymore by N. Ray Maxie
A visit to Alpine
Truth About Rudolph
by Maggie Van Ostrand
Each reindeer can pull up to twice its own weight, making it an
ideal animal for pulling a sleigh loaded down with Christmas gifts
by Maggie Van Ostrand
Want to have a wonderful Christmas without fighting traffic, battling
mall moms, or spending any money whatsoever? It can be done, trust
me. The best Christmas in my family was a broke one. I had lost
everything in a fire just two weeks before Christmas...
Shopping by Maggie Van Ostrand.
a Wonderful Life
by Murray Montgomery
at Christmas Time by Peary Perry
Gifts I Can't Use by Peary Perry.
Wonderful Time of the Year by Peary Perry
PC Christmas by Peary Perry
to the Holidays by Peary Perry
Spirit of Christmas by Jeanne Moseley
True Meaning of Auld Lang Syne by Gael Montana
In the deepest interest of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ there comes a book into
our midst that bears that ‘Required Reading’ stamp for any human
being trying to get along with other human beings in this day and
Lesson by Bob Bowman
Around Christmas time, visitors are surprised that we have two Bethlehems...
Christmas Angel by Kathleene S. Baker
Sadie of Corpus Christi: sometimes it takes a dog to bring out the
best in humans.
Christmas by Louise George
Christmas in the Texas Panhandle
CARTOONS by Roger Todd Moore
Poems by David Knape
Gift of Good Will
Spirit Of Christmas 12-21-16
Walk before Christmas 12-13-16
Christmas Came 12-6-16
Saddest Day Of The Year 1-5-16
On Christmas Eve
Night Moon 12-29-15
in the Woods
Christmas We Gather