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Each winter, scores of children from around the world write their holiday wish list to one man—Santa Claus.

The yearly tradition of writing a letter to the big man in red goes back hundreds of years. While the language and style of each letter may vary, the same general theme applies: Maintaining good behavior for a whole year dictates whether the kids get what they asked for.

Reading and answering each letter is no easy task, especially when Claus has the added challenge of getting the desired gifts to deserving youth.


The Heartland Band plays every Saturday night at the Carson Community Building from 7 to 9 p.m., featuring country, bluegrass and gospel.

Musicians, singers and country dancers are invited to participate.

At right is Steve Waldroop on the electric guitar and Nate Harrison is on the mouth organ.




Author Barbara Dumas Ballew, a resident of Franklin, will be available to sign copies of her book, “George's Creek to Georgia” Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Mistletoe Magic art and craft show at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Franklin.

When Elijah Barnett traveled to visit his brother, Luke, at George's Creek, he didn't realize he was at the start of a legacy. From this visit began the journey from George's Creek to Georgia, a journey through four generations of Barbara Dumas Ballew's family.

Ballew, an accomplished genealogist and storyteller, takes readers back to a simpler time, a time when a young illiterate pioneer purchased land for his first farm, met the woman of his dreams, and started a family.



The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Dec. 1, with a concert featuring the duo Whimzik.

The 7 p.m. performance by the husband-and-wife team of Glenn Kastrinos and Kjelsty Hanson will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.


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