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JACK WEATHERLY — Miracle in a season of miracles

It seems a miracle, to use a word overused and misused so often in this season and secular age. The final performance of the 50th annual Candles by Candlelight at Jackson’s First Baptist Church was held Sunday night. A gentleman dressed in formal black, designating him as a choir member, was crossing the street after exiting the cavernous auditorium in the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will the light of Christmas reveal our leaders to be naughty or nice?

As we adults bumble into this Christmas season (Advent started December 1st), some of our attention should turn toward our behavior and that of our favorite leaders. When “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” written in 1934 by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, gets to “Oh, he’s making a list and checking it twice; He’s gonna find out who’s ...

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Christmas tree vendors try to keep up with demand

By ROBERT NATHAN GREGORY Mississippians pondering ideas for a side business could consider investing in land and planting stem cuttings of Leyland and Murray cypress trees. These two varieties, trees that can grow well in a humid climate, are popular choices for live Christmas trees in the state. Each year, Christmas tree growers struggle to meet high demand. Kenneth and ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — A mighty fortress holds forth with annual show

[droand pcap]It is the best foot forward for the biggest Baptist church in a Baptist-dominated state. “Carols by Candlelight” is First Baptist of Jackson’s extravagant yet humble yule show that just marked its 49th year. It is unquestionably the biggest event of the season in the Jackson area. It is comparable to the Mormons’ annual extravaganza in Salt Lake City. ...

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‘Grinch effect’ casts pall over shopping season

By JACK WEATHERLY Two credit-card reports cast a pall over the nation during the height of the Christmas-shopping season. The timing of the analyses might be called the Grinch effect. Mississippi has the sixth-highest credit-card debt burden in the nation, according to CreditCards.com. Another personal-finance website, WalletHub, took a look at credit-card debt in more than 2,500 cities for the ...

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’50 Nights of Lights’ in Cleveland

Years ago, a group of ladies in Cleveland persuaded business owners to put white lights in their windows and had white-light trees installed in downtown. Last year, a Christmas tree was added, along with lighted and animated decorations. This year, businesses, individuals and civic organizations contributed $200,000 to further enhance the downtown as a holiday destination. Now called “50 Nights of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — The real stuff of Christmas

Christmas morning for the kids is such a happy time as they exclaim over all kinds of stuff under ornamented trees or poking out of stuffed stockings.   The Christmas season is a miraculous time for retailers. More and more businesses are saved by shoppers buying Christmas stuff every year.    Of course, the real miracle of Christmas is not ...

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TODD SMITH — ’12 Days of Christmas’ gifts rise only 0.6 percent in price; swans removed because of price volatility

True Loves are on full display this holiday season, on their merry way to a more robust and satisfying holiday shopping season, according to the annual PNC Christmas Price Index. To purchase the gifts included in the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” it will only cost 0.6 percent more than in 2016, according to the 34th annual ...

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