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December 16, 2010
By BETTY POKAS, T-L Area Editor

CHILDREN throughout Eastern Ohio are eagerly awaiting probably what is their most important holiday of the year - Christmas.

Music, decorations and stories are combined to make it a glorious day to celebrate the birth of the Babe of Bethlehem.

Most places throughout the area have a variety of decorations, and even Mother Nature sometimes gets into the act with snow and icicles. Let's hope that she doesn't overdo it and make things difficult for those traveling to enjoy the holidays with their families and friends.

Article Photos

RATHER than icicles on a Christmas tree, Mother Nature came up with this bit of artistry on a tree in the Bellaire area during the 1970s. The photo was by the late Boyd Nelson.

Of course, snow isn't a problem for that jolly old gent dressed in red as he and his sleigh reportedly travel around the world on Christmas Eve.

But Christmas is much more than music, decorations, stories, gifts and Santa Claus, it's time to remember the meaning of Christmas and the Baby, who changed the world more than 2,000 years ago and whose message of love still is vital today.

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