Christmas

Beaumont neurosurgeon Dr. Mark Kubala fits a child with a bike helmet

If you’re surprising a child with a shiny new bicycle this holiday season, remember to give a helmet, too. The physicians of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) say that accessory could save your child’s life.

Doctors believe bikes — and helmets — make great gifts because they encourage exercise. 

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Wynonna & the Big Noise

Wynonna Judd will make her first ever stop in Beaumont on Friday, Dec. 8, at Ford Arena with her band The Big Noise as the concert will feature a mix of holiday favorites and Wynonna’s biggest hits. To make it even more special, Ford Park will be hosting a special pre-concert Wine Tasting at Wynonna event. Tickets for the Wine Tasting at Wynonna event are just $15, and will include six samples of a diverse selection of wines along with a cheese and fruit display to cleanse your pallet. Doors for the wine tasting will open at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, and will remain open until 7 p.m.

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Festival of Lights decorated trees

No need to book a trip to the North Pole to embrace Christmas festivities when you can make the short trip to Moody Gardens on Galveston Island to experience the 15th annual Festival of Lights and Ice Sculptures: A Caribbean Christmas now through Jan. 8, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Port Arthur Little Theater Logo

It’s your last chance to see Port Arthur Little Theatre’s Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol on Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3. This play is a spooky look into the afterlife of Scrooge’s deceased old business partner Jacob Marley. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He’s even given his own private tormentor — a malicious little sprite who thoroughly enjoys his work. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself. To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge.

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Ornament photo by Eleanor Skelton

Advent calendars may seem too ’90s for some people, but a collection of ornaments that tell a story can allow for relaxation and creativity while preparing for a busy holiday season.

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Sheila Umphrey's Christmas bike

I started a tradition. I had an old bicycle in the garage and was going to get rid of it. I was talking to my yard man about it, and he suggested putting it on my porch and decorating it for different holidays.

 When searching the best place to put it, I decided I really liked it on the oak-tree branch in my front yard. So now, I put an elf at Christmas, a witch at Halloween, a rabbit for Easter, Uncle Sam for the Fourth of July and a court jester at Mardi Gras. People come with their kids and take pictures all year long. So much fun!

- Sheila Umphrey

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Nativity scene

The Stark Museum of Art celebrates the holiday season with an exhibit Spirit of Bethlehem: The Boehm Porcelain Nativity beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21 through Jan. 6 in the museum’s lobby.

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Zoo Lights

It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit, and even the critters at the Houston Zoo are ready to partake in the Holiday festivities with the Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo. See more than 2 million sparkling LED lights, twinkling replicas of zoo animals, the return of Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra, and a 33-foot-tall, glittering Christmas tree beginning Nov. 18 and running through through Jan. 14, 2018.

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Shanda Guidry, fundraiser organizer, and Katheryn Littles, office manager

For over 70 years and under various names, the Shorkey Center has offered educational and therapeutic services for children with special needs.

This year marks their 25th annual holiday card campaign, which executive director Araina Daniels said is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers.

“Profits from our … sales are used to offset the cost of high quality therapy services [given] to deserving students who otherwise may not be able to afford it,” Daniels said.

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While Dec. 25 is not the actual day on which Christ was born, it is the date on which we celebrate His birth. And while this celebration has been associated with many traditions, some of which distract from the importance of His birth, they do not distract from the imperative of His birth. Some say that Jesus was a great man, or a great prophet. Others, believing the biblical account, affirm that He is God. This raises the question why did God need to or have to become a man? And what is necessity of the Incarnation?

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