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Auburn’s Festival of Lights Parade
uburn’s Annual Festival of Lights Parade made its way through downtown Auburn on Saturday, Dec. 8, with more than 100 local floats. Decorated with spectacular displays of lights, the floats thrilled thousands of people who lined downtown streets to watch the annual Auburn winter tradition on a perfect December night. The 2012 Award Winners were ... Best Float Presentation: Gold Country Burners. Best Overall Theme: Auburn Jeep Club. Best Overall and Best Use of Lights: Don Robinson’s Sand and Gravel. Best Animal Entry: Longhorn Meat Company. Most Inspirational: Auburn Presbyterian Church float. Best Music: Placer High School.

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PHOTOS BY MICHAEL KIRBY • GOLD COUNTRY NEWS SERVICE

From left, Dane Veirs, 7, Heather Veirs, and Quinton Veirs, 3, were riding in the Eisley's Nursery float. Heather Veirs is a Eisley's employee. “The boys have been practicing their waving all week,” she said.

Jeanie Harris with the Sugar Plump Fairies float walked in the parade behind their float. Their theme was “Walking in our Winter Underwear.”

The Girl Scouts float featured waving Girl Scouts and large boxes of their popular cookies.

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What is your favorite holiday memory?

STREETWISE ASKED BY TIFFANI COLLINS AT THE AUBURN SENIOR CENTER AND HOME DEPOT IN AUBURN

NANCY KLING, 80, SENIORS FIRST EMPLOYEE, LOOMIS “We were living on a small island in the South Pacific, a typhoon blew through and flooded all the houses. All the Christmas presents were floating in the water.”

REUBEN LINKER, 78, RETIRED, AUBURN “My first Christmas spent in the Victorian house I built myself. The Sacramento Opera Company came out and sang carols to raise money for their organization.”

DAVALENE HANCOCK, 63, RETIRED, AUBURN “When I was really, really little and my parents had me completely convinced I could hear Santa and reindeer hooves up on our roof.”

JOE ALVES, 86, RETIRED, AUBURN “Getting the whole family together with our friends and neighbors for the reunion we had every Christmas.”

ELISABETH FETHERSTON, 63, RETIRED, ALTA “When I was little, I had the mumps two years running. The third year I went to my mom in tears and asked if I was going to have mumps again and she said, ‘Not this year sweetie.’”

JOSH WILSON, 64, RETIRED, FORESTHILL “My most recent one is of the Christmas I went caroling with the Foresthill teachers in Todd’s Valley while Linda Gibbs drove us in the school bus.”

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Students share some favorite Christmas memories
Sharon Arsenith’s eighth-grade English class at E.V. Cain Charter Middle School share some of their most memorable Christmas tales
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ne of the most vivid Christmas memories I have is from last year. My mother is a nurse in a dialysis clinic, and around the Christmas season, she and her coworkers have fun little celebrations. My mom wanted me to visit her clinic and sing some Christmas songs for the patients. I admit, I didn’t really want to play songs at first, but I eventually gave in to my mom’s request. The day before I went to her work, I looked up some Christmas songs on the Internet, and then practiced playing them on my piano and guitar. After a bit more practice the next morning, my dad and I packed my instruments in the car and headed off to my mom’s work. After setting up my instruments in the middle of the clinic, I was pretty much told to start making music. I was still a bit nervous, but started to play some songs anyway. I was relieved when I got compliments afterwards. It felt nice hearing, “That is my favorite Christmas song!” and other encouraging words from people telling me to never stop practicing music. So in the end, doing a little bit of caroling wasn’t that bad. It felt quite great to spread a bit of Christmas spirit around with music.
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~ Kathryn Holt • MORE MEMORIES PAGE 12

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MEMORIES: What would you have done with him had you caught him?
continued from page 10

The night we almost caught Santa
remember when I was younger, on Christmas Eve, my sister and I set up traps and loud bells that would make noise if someone was downstairs. We couldn’t sleep because we were so excited for Christmas morning. Around 12:30 a.m., we all heard a bell ring and all of our traps went off. We ran downstairs, but no one was there, and there were no presents. Then we realized the milk and cookies were all gone. We knew Santa had been there, and was trying to hide! We decided we were going to try to catch him, but ended up

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falling asleep. When we woke up the next day, there were presents everywhere, and our stockings were full of goodies. Our parents came up to us, and told us that Santa saw the traps, and found out that we were trying to catch him. Still to this day, my sisters and I laugh about the whole event.
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examining the presents under the tree. All of a sudden I had an idea for the best Christmas gift ever. I looked all over the house, but could not find the magazine. So instead, I decided to look on the Internet for a way to make multiple snowflakes that are in one strand. When I opened the laptop, there was a page that someone had left open on the screen. It said “Win tickets to stay at the Disneyland resort!” I read on, and someone had entered under family members: Days: 4; Nights: 3. I didn’t know what to think! I was

not sure if it was for our family or not. I went into the kitchen where my dad was washing dishes. I asked “Dad, why were there Disneyland printout tickets on the desktop of the laptop?” He stared at me funny for a long time, and then started to laugh. My mom came in to see what the commotion was and then my parents told us that we would be going to Disneyland the day after Christmas. That Disneyland trip was the best ever!
~ Haley McKee • MORE MEMORIES PAGE 14

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Baby brother was the best surprise

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have a lot of Christmas memories, like presents I have given or received and family traditions. But when I think of my best Christmas, one specific memory comes to mind. Three Christmases ago was just like any other Christmas. My sister woke me and my parents up around 7 a.m. and brought us into the family room. (My mom was pregnant at the time, but nobody knew if it was a boy or a girl.) We went through our stockings and my sister and I were about to get into the presents when my mom stopped us. She then handed us a manila

envelope. Inside was a card that said our new baby “brother” was due in February. I was stoked it was going to be a boy. I had always wanted a little brother. It was the best present I have ever received. That’s my best Christmas memory and I will never forget it. I love my little bro’ and I always will. To this day that was the most important card I have ever received.
~ Carter Remington

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y favorite Christmas memory happens every year. It is when my mom and I

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make cookies, decorate them and give them to our neighbors. So every single year we will go to the store and buy ingredients to make a variety of cookies. The types of cookies and other goodies we make are sugar cookies, peppermint brownies, persimmon cookies, moon type cookies, etc. I love smelling the cookies in the oven, frosting the sugar cookies into snowmen, and what I love most of all is seeing the

neighbors smile when they open the door and see and smell the fresh baked goods. It is a joy every year. Also it’s a neighborly thing to do, just to say thanks for being such good neighbors. Then when we are all done baking goodies and making the neighbors smile, we put a Christmas movie on, cook up some hot chocolate and relax on the sofa. That has to be my favorite Christmas memory. Spending time with my mom and making others happy.
~ Tristyn Olvera

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still a Christmas thing, but, of course, the note in the morning and all the other Santa stuff had lost its magic, although we still did it for my brother and sister. Last year, in addition to helping make Santa’s cookies, I helped “Santa” out after my brother and sister fell asleep. I helped move the presents under the tree, I wrote the note, and helped make the cookies disappear. When my brother and sister woke up, they didn’t notice the difference, and it helped to keep the tradition alive for me.
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CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MEMORY

Not dreaming of a blue Christmas
Editor’s note: This memo-

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rowing up in a stable, middle-class family made for some wonderful – though unremarkable – Christmas memories. The kind one takes for granted after a while. It took leaving the state to experience a yuletide I’ll never forget. It was 1988 – my wife and I had been dating for about six months – and my friend invited us to spend Christmas in Santa Fe at his girlfriend’s parents’ house. It would just be the four of us, and the idea of doing something outside the box, let alone the state, was exciting. It would be the first time either my wife or I

would be away from our families on Christmas day, and we had no desire to pull off an elaborate holiday meal. Though some in our party were excellent cooks, we had already feasted on enough blue corn enchiladas and Tex-Mex cuisine to satisfy our holiday hungers. We planned a simple spaghetti dinner for that night. All we lacked was some red wine. Growing up in California, I had precious little experience with blue laws. As far as I was concerned, not being able to buy alcohol on a Sunday would only affect football fans with poor planning skills. But Christmas fell on a Sunday in 1988, and the guesthouse was fresh out of wine. No problem, we figure,

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we’ll just stop by the store while we’re out and pick some up. Blue laws? C’mon, it’s Christmas. Cut your fellow man some slack, right? I walked into a 7-11 – remember, not much is open on Christmas day – and plunked down a couple of bottles of Zinfandel on the counter. Everyone looked at me like I was Ebenezer Grinch. “It’s Sunday,” the clerk said, somewhat disdainfully. I looked around for support from the crowd. “CHRISTMAS Sunday,” added someone in line

The sheepskin coat and 10-gallon hat belonged to our host, the jeep belonged to the set of M*A*S*H, but the memory of Christmas in a ‘blue’ state was all mine.
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behind me. I wasn’t stupid. I could feel the eyes burning through the back of my head. I could sense the smugness of the locals as I slinked out into the silent night, empty-handed. We cursed the state and its lousy laws on the drive

home. We were so busy being bitter that we didn’t see the Christmas tree lying in the middle of the road until it was too late. Ka-chunk, ka-chunk. We’re doomed, we all thought. Our Christmas karma is so messed up by now; we’re looking at a lifetime of coal.
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the floor, with volunteers guiding families to areas for food and another for toys, he said, adding that it’s common for 100-200 people to volunteer their time that day. “Seeing kids get bicycles that they weren’t expecting is wonderful,” he said. Theresa Anderson, who has volunteered for 16 years with the basket program, said her most touching memory came when a young girl was able to get a bike, when they originally didn’t have one available for her. “She just cried and was so sad because that’s all she wanted,” said Anderson, a senior branch office administrator for Edward Jones Investments. “At the end of the day, we had one bike left over and it was her size – a girl’s bike. … We went and delivered the bike to her at her home and the whole family sat and cried.” After Christmas, Anderson’s daughter drove past their house one day and saw the girl riding her bike.

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“Those kind of things touch you, and you can’t not be affected by them,” Anderson said. The Stewart family knows what it’s like to be on both sides of the basket. Joe Stewart had a heart attack last year and corresponding surgery that left him out of work for three months, and three days after he returned, he suffered another one, putting him on disability, Leslie Stewart said. Leslie herself has been hospitalized numerous times the past three years with an affliction doctors have yet to diagnose, she said. Every year, their children especially look forward to helping out with the baskets, she added. “My husband is helping with the bicycle department this year, and my kids will be doing whatever they ask of them,” Stewart said. “For us, it’s not Christmas unless we’ve helped with a Christmas basket, so we look forward to it every year.”
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Auburn Host Lions member Steve Murphy, left, and Manuel Ferrera set up a donation barrel for the Auburn Area Christmas Basket Program at Safeway.

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What did you do to my shirt? I
n 1974, I was going to be a freshman at Placer High School. I was very excited to be going to high school, my dad had went there. I worked really hard that summer to buy a boy’s P E. shirt. It was . brand new and my little sister wanted to wear it. I had a fit it. It was new and it was for high school! My mother’s comment was, “Oh let her wear it. What can she do to it in 30 minutes?” Well let me tell you what she did. She rode it horseback riding fell off the horse. She fell in the water, so she came home and sat by the fire place to dry my shirt. It caught on fire, so she ran out of the house with it. Her dog, who thought she was waving a rag, grabbed it and tore it some more. “What can she do to it in 30 minutes?” Really? Well, school started and I had no shirt. For Christmas that year my sister bought me a new one and gave it to me as a gift.

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After passing this Placer Hillmen boy’s P.E. shirt back and forth for 38 years, the original owner thought it suitable for framing.
So the next year for Christmas, I thought, “well, she wanted that shirt so bad she can have it now.” So I wrapped it up and gave it back to her. We have been wrapping that same shirt and giving it back and forth now for 38 years. We wore it pregnant with our children. The square on the shirt, where you could put your name, we would cross out each other’s name and put our own there. I finally had the shirt framed (and here is a picture of it) so this is the last year we will be doing this.
~ Lorrie Toy, Hillmen class of 1979

Christmas flashback: 1974
Pop singer Andy Williams releases “Christmas Present,” a 13-track LP that coin-

cided with his television special of the same name. Williams’s two previous solo Christmas albums reached number one on Billboard magazine’s Christmas Albums chart. 1974 was the first year the magazine incorporated holiday releases into its Top LP’s and Tapes rankings, where it peaked at 203. It was released on CD in 1990. Williams died in September of this year at the age of 84.
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PG&E office goes retro ahead of it’s time
Everyone likes to look back at the “good old days,” but in 1952, nostalgia was not yet a national obsession. Heck, for many, 1952 was the “good old days.” But the folks at the PG&E office on High Street in Auburn decided to do a little interior decorating back in 1952, transforming the building’s office into an 1852-era Christmas parlor. The photo was submitted by Jess Glover, whose father worked as a dealer representative for the company in 1952.

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Christmas flashback: 1852
William Sandys publishes “Christmas-tide, Its History, Festivities and Carols, With Their Music,” his followup to 1833’s “Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern” which marked the

first appearances of many now-classic carols, including “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” and “The First Noel.” While the first book was aimed at the scholarly market, this one was for the masses and contained 42 carols (without music), 12 tunes and two plays.
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