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January 2019 THE BEACON D ear S anta Dear Santa, Would you please give me for Christmas. A phone and the game headband’s and a hachamall? Love, Charleigh Fox Dear Santa Can you please get me a baby doll, mary crismas, how can you go down the chipney? Can you get me a lol and a Polly Packet, Love, Peyton McClanahan Dear Santa, I wood like for crimis is hoewrk and a big LoL and a hug fume you and how mene people do you Love Love, Pepper Paradise Dear Santa I wat a fon and a cucey and durt bik gogulls. Love Haden Dear Santa, Can I have a quod and a exbox and a mick and a hund dollrs wut dus mis clos duw win you era gon Love Gabe Manis Dear Santa, I woud like a skilanders has set and a fone. Wiy duw you dlevers preses? Luv Christopher Scruggs The Christmas Angel By Mary-Alice Helms My little sister, Julie, and I were beyond excited when we walked out of the door of our house on Eleventh Street and headed toward Main Street. For the first time, we were being allowed to go Christmas shopping by ourselves. It was 1944. I was nine years old, and Julie was six. The ‘40s was a difficult time. People were still recovering from the depression and then had come Pearl Harbor and the heart- breaks and sacrifices of war. But in this Christmas season, Brookville had put on its holi- day face. We stopped at each beautifully decorated store window, drinking in the sights of lighted Christmas trees, tin- sel ropes, and manger scenes. Every store had created lovely displays designed to attract holiday shoppers. There were fabrics, silky blouses, and lacy lingerie, all artfully displayed. But Julie and I didn’t go into any of those inviting stores. Our small stash of dimes was much more suited to the mer- chandise found in our favorite emporium, The Fair Store. The Fair Store was a five and dime store, a magical place which sold everything from pots and pans to stockings and toys. The bell on the door tinkled merrily when Julie and I entered the store. We were on a mission to buy perfect gifts for our parents. In today’s world, fifty cents wouldn’t buy the bag in which to carry the gift, but in 1944’s Fair Store we could find many choices to fit our limited budget. We selected a pipe and a small can of Half and Half pipe tobacco for our dad. For our mother I had selected a “gold” brooch inlaid with glass “jewels”; I thought it was beautiful. Julie had looked and looked, finding nothing good enough. And then she spotted the perfect gift. It was a china figurine of an angel, with delicate wings and a golden halo. Hesitantly, she asked Mr. Mullin, the proprietor, for the price. “Well, girls,” he said, “The sticker says 59 cents for this little angel, but if you want her, I’ll let you have her for 50 cents.” We were delighted! We skipped home with our treasures, so full of joy. But then disaster struck. Julie stubbed her toe on a crack in the sidewalk and the bag hold- ing the angel flew from her hand. When she opened the Page 11A bag, one broken angel wing fell out. My little sister was devastated. “What good is a broken angel?” she sobbed. Mother came out to see what all of the fuss was about and gently folded Julie in her arms. “Don’t worry,” Mother said, “we can fix it, good as new!’ Sure enough, when the gifts were opened on Christmas Day, Mother proudly held up the china angel. “See,” she said, “She’s perfect!” Not even a hairline crack showed where the wing had been glued. That angel graced Mother’s mantel every year at Christ- mas. And every year we remembered our first solo shopping experience and the broken Christmas angel. M  erry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Beacon Team. Peace On Earth. Goodwill To All! Dear Santa, wen is my elf comeing and for krismiss can I pless hath a big LoL, a pole pokit and a hachmal and how much do cuces do you et. 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