Monthly Archives: December 2014

How Kunigunda Claus got to the North Pole, a Christmas tale

By Jackie Nickel, 12-20-2006 You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Rudolph, you know the elves, by their jobs if not by their names, and of course you know Santa Claus. But behind every good man like Santa, there’s … Continue reading

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R.I.P., Marian McKew (1995)

By Jackie Nickel (The Essex Times, January 4th, 1996) As many of you know, my mom, Marian McKew, died of lung cancer two days before Christmas, 1995. First, I want to thank everyone who visited the funeral home, sent flowers, … Continue reading

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Christmas 1969

“We didn’t go to the mall to visit Santa in 1969. We went to the volunteer firehouse. Rockaway Beach VFD held a yearly Christmas party for local kids. That’s me in my bubble head wig, my three boys, and Santa … Continue reading

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