The essence of Christmas lives in our hearts and memories

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By Sara Manifold, Community Editor

Each year, Christmas is the same.

The hustle and bustle of weekend shoppers is obvious and tempers are hardly cooled.

When an employee at a Wal-Mart in Rhode Island was trampled to death the day after Thanksgiving, the cliché question ran through my head, “What’s the world coming to?”

As a child, the whole-hearted belief in Santa and the smells, sounds and sights were the most important and what I have always remembered about Christmas.

At about five years old, Christmas became something real, special and worth remembering.

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