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the lesson. I feel surprise, thinking why Santa Claus now? I look to the front of the classroom and see the date on the large, blue Presidential calendar. Prominent on the top half of the calendar is John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s picture and beneath are squares where daily Mrs. Ratliff affixes the date. The calendar shows this day as December 5. Ever since, the fifth of December marks for me the beginning of Christmas season in my world as I navigate life as a single female with no children. This date onward allows more than enough time to delight in seasonal traditions, and I mostly love when people decorate with white lights and use natural greenery trimmings. At times I may gather foliage to create a wreath or centerpiece. More often these days I do not, similar to my ceasing of designing cards. It’s likely that my temporary termination of creating with greenery or designing holiday cards traces to the death of my father five years ago, and the now interminable experience of observing my mother struck by Alzheimer’s disease. That said, to recall Christmas as it was growing up with three siblings who I love thrills me year round, yet none of them know the realm of private quiet knowing I celebrate from the fifth of December onward. I continue to learn how to receive and give with grace during holidays or otherwise.


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LuEllen Huntley, a native North Carolinian from Anson County, currently lives in Southern Pines and teaches at Sandhills Community College. An Associate English Professor Emerita, Dr. Huntley taught at UNCWilmington in the English Department for 26 years. Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 155 Blake Blvd. | PINEHURST A PART OF THE LIBERTY FAMILY OF SERVICES

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