Holiday: Christmas

Full gallery »Surfing Santas in Cocoa Beach

  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 photo, Shaylona Kirk, of Cocoa Beach, left, peeks at the camera during the photo shoot of over 210 surfers dressed as Santa Claus, elves and snowmen at the fourth annual 'surfing Santas' event in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Organizer George Trosset said he may move the holiday event to downtown Cocoa Beach next year to accommodate growing crowds. He started the tradition in 2009 with a few family members after seeing a television commercial featuring people surfing in Santa Claus attire. (AP Photo/Florida Today, Malcolm Denemark)  NO SALES
  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 photo, surfers dressed as Santa Claus, elves and snowmen gather during the fourth annual 'surfing Santas' event in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Organizer George Trosset said he may move the holiday event to downtown Cocoa Beach next year to accommodate growing crowds. He started the tradition in 2009 with a few family members after seeing a television commercial featuring people surfing in Santa Claus attire. (AP Photo/Florida Today, Malcolm Denemark)  NO SALES
  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 photo, Santas head out to the surf during the fourth annual 'surfing Santas' event in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Organizer George Trosset said he may move the holiday event to downtown Cocoa Beach next year to accommodate growing crowds. He started the tradition in 2009 with a few family members after seeing a television commercial featuring people surfing in Santa Claus attire. (AP Photo/Florida Today, Malcolm Denemark)  NO SALES
  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 photo, George Trosset Jr., dressed as a snowman, left, and his dad, event organizer George Trosset, high five each other out in the waves during the fourth annual 'surfing Santas' event in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Organizer George Trosset said he may move the holiday event to downtown Cocoa Beach next year to accommodate growing crowds. He started the tradition in 2009 with a few family members after seeing a television commercial featuring people surfing in Santa Claus attire. (AP Photo/Florida Today, Malcolm Denemark)  NO SALES
  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 photo, a young surfing Santa Claus hits the waves during the fourth annual 'surfing Santas' event in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Organizer George Trosset said he may move the holiday event to downtown Cocoa Beach next year to accommodate growing crowds. He started the tradition in 2009 with a few family members after seeing a television commercial featuring people surfing in Santa Claus attire. (AP Photo/Florida Today, Malcolm Denemark)  NO SALES


Full gallery »Christmas At Joe's Diner

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Customers head inside a busy Joe's Diner in North Naples on Wednesday morning. Joe's was one of several restaurants and businesses that decided to stay open for Christmas day. Joe's Diner owner, Joey DiBernardo, says that since he's started staying open Christmas day, it gets busier every year.
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Janet Clifford checks on customers during a busy morning at Joe's Diner in North Naples on Wednesday. Joe's was one of several restaurants and businesses that decided to stay open for Christmas day. Joe's Diner owner, Joey DiBernardo, says that since he's started staying open Christmas day, it gets busier every year.
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Scenes from Joe's Diner in North Naples on Wednesday morning. Joe's was one of several restaurants and businesses that decided to stay open for Christmas day. Joe's Diner owner, Joey DiBernardo, says that since he's started staying open Christmas day, it gets busier every year.
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Scenes from Joe's Diner in North Naples on Wednesday morning. Joe's was one of several restaurants and businesses that decided to stay open for Christmas day. Joe's Diner owner, Joey DiBernardo, says that since he's started staying open Christmas day, it gets busier every year.
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Dawn DiBernardo checks in with customers at Joe's Diner in North Naples on Wednesday morning. Joe's was one of several restaurants and businesses that decided to stay open for Christmas day. Joe's Diner owner, Joey DiBernardo, says that since he's started staying open Christmas day, it gets busier every year.
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Joe's Diner owner Joey DiBernardo gets toast ready during a busy morning in North Naples on Wednesday. Joe's was one of several restaurants and businesses that decided to stay open for Christmas day. Joe's Diner owner, Joey DiBernardo, says that since he's started staying open Christmas day, it gets busier every year.

Scenes from Joe's Diner in North Naples on Wednesday morning. Joe's was one of several restaurants and businesses that decided to stay open for Christmas day. Joe's Diner owner, Joey DiBernardo, says that since he's started staying open Christmas day, it gets busier every year.



Full gallery »Your 2013 Photos: Elf on the Shelf

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  • Our 4-year-old daughter Anouk is on the left and our 2-year-old daughter Hanni is on the right. Submitted by Julie Stephenson and Tom Barber
  • Carmine and Nani. Submitted by Anita Cariati


Full gallery »Snow show at The Village on Venetian Bay

  • Emily Graeve, left, Andrea DeLadurantey and Annabelle Graeve during the festive snow show at The Village on Venetian Bay in Naples, Saturday December 21.   John M. Wissocki / Collier Citizen Correspondent.
  • Children of all ages joyfully participated in the festive snow show at The Village on Venetian Bay in Naples, Saturday December 21.   John M. Wissocki / Collier Citizen Correspondent.
  • Hadley Potter, 1, seemed baffled by the size of this Christmas ball during the festive snow show at The Village on Venetian Bay in Naples, Saturday December 21.   John M. Wissocki / Collier Citizen Correspondent.
  • Children were mesmerized by the story telling of Mrs. Clause during the festive snow show at The Village on Venetian Bay in Naples, Saturday December 21.   John M. Wissocki / Collier Citizen Correspondent.
  • The Naples Carolers get a little assistance from Bella and Catherine Griffin during the festive snow show at The Village on Venetian Bay in Naples, Saturday December 21.   John M. Wissocki / Collier Citizen Correspondent.
  • Bella, left, and Catherine Griffin had their wish come true as they sat on Santa's lap during the festive snow show at The Village on Venetian Bay in Naples, Saturday December 21.   John M. Wissocki / Collier Citizen Correspondent.


Full gallery »Popular Christmas movies

  • In this undated image provided by The WB from the animated cartoon 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas,' the Grinch pats the head of Cindy Lou. The WB will air the holiday classic based on a book by Dr. Seuss at 8 p.m., EST,  Friday, Dec. 10. (AP Photo/ Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved)
  • Clark Griswold in 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'
  • Ralphie in 'A Christmas Story'
  • Kevin McCallister finds himself the target of bumbling thieves in “Home Alone.”
  • Jessica Riggs takes in and cares for an injured reindeer she believes belongs to Santa in 'Prancer.'
  • James Stewart, center, is reunited with his wife, Donna Reed, left, and children during the last scene of Frank Capra's 'It's A Wonderful Life'.   (AP Photo)


Full gallery »Southwest Florida Home Sales: December 16, 2013

  • Name of Realtor selling the home: Chris Lecca, PA
Name of agency Realtor is with: Keller Williams Realty Naples
Square footage: 1,644
No. of bedrooms: 3
No. of bathrooms: 2
Address of home sold: 7655 PEBBLE CREEK CIR, #203
Subdivision: PELICAN BAY
City: NAPLES
County: COLLIER
Date of sale: 6/20/2013
Sale price: $480,000
Contact information: 239-776-5423
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Name of Realtor selling the home: Margaret Hutchison
Name of agency Realtor is with: John R. Wood, Inc., REALTORS
Square footage: 2,155
No. of bedrooms: 3
No. of bathrooms: 3
Address of home sold: 9051 GULFSHORE DR, #101
Subdivision: VANDERBILT BEACH
City: NAPLES
County: COLLIER
Date of sale: 6/21/2013
Sale price: $1,200,000
  • Name of Realtor selling the home: Liz Pfunder
Name of agency Realtor is with: Kim Levitan Realty
Square footage: 2,197
No. of bedrooms: 3
No. of bathrooms: 2
Address of home sold: 10152 BOCA CIR
Subdivision: BOCA PALMS
City: NAPLES
County: COLLIER
Date of sale: 6/23/2013
Sale price: $350,000
Contact information: 239-248-0145
  • Name of Realtor selling the home: Bonnie Camp
Name of agency Realtor is with: John R. Wood, Inc., REALTORS
Square footage: 1,703
No. of bedrooms: 2
No. of bathrooms: 2
Address of home sold: 750 BENTWATER CIR, #102
Subdivision: PELICAN BAY
City: NAPLES
County: COLLIER
Date of sale: 6/21/2013
Sale price: $462,000
Contact information: 239-734-1212
  • Name of Realtor selling the home: James A Hild, PA
Name of agency Realtor is with: Downing Frye Realty Inc.
Square footage: 3,766
No. of bedrooms: 4
No. of bathrooms: 3
Address of home sold: 1715 PERSIMMON DR
Subdivision: PELICAN MARSH
City: NAPLES
County: COLLIER
Date of sale: 6/21/2013
Sale price: $1,400,000
Contact information: 239-592-0895


Full gallery »Firefighters take foster child shopping

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Big Corkscrew Island firefighter Adam DiSarro, left, shops for Nintendo DS game cases with a foster child, her foster parents and other firefighters at Wal-Mart Supercenter on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in North Naples. The child shopped for clothes and toys with the firefighters as part of the union's annual Christmas Adopt-A-Family program from the Local 4522 Union for firefighters.
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A foster child tries on new shoes while shopping with firefighters from Big Corkscrew Island Fire Control and Rescue District at Wal-Mart Supercenter on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in North Naples. The child shopped for clothes and toys with the firefighters as part of the union's annual Christmas Adopt-A-Family program from the Local 4522 Union for firefighters.
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A foster child shops with Big Corkscrew Island firefighter Adam DiSarro, center background, and his son, 8-year-old Adam DiSarro, Jr., at Wal-Mart Supercenter on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in North Naples. The child shopped for clothes and toys with the firefighters as part of the union's annual Christmas Adopt-A-Family program from the Local 4522 Union for firefighters.
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Naples resident Greg Ball, left, hula-hoops with his foster child as she shops with Big Corkscrew Island firefighters at Wal-Mart Supercenter on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in North Naples. The child shopped for clothes and toys with the firefighters as part of the union's annual Christmas Adopt-A-Family program from the Local 4522 Union for firefighters.
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Eight-year-old Adam DiSarro, right, watches a foster child try out a new hula hoop while she shops with Big Corkscrew Island firefighters at Wal-Mart Supercenter on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in North Naples. DiSarro volunteered to help the firefighters, including his father Lt. Adam DiSarro, Sr., with the annual Christmas Adopt-A-Family project.
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A foster child looks for clothes while shopping with firefighters from Big Corkscrew Island Fire Control and Rescue District at Wal-Mart Supercenter on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in North Naples. The child shopped for clothes and toys with the firefighters as part of the union's annual Christmas Adopt-A-Family program from the Local 4522 Union for firefighters.


Full gallery »Stores open Christmas on Fifth Ave. South

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Julian Beaujardin, left, watches on as his wife, Liu, is helped by Gloria Kovacs to try on a bracelet intended as a gift for Christmas at The Name Game on Fifth Ave. South on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Gil and Gloria Kovacs, who own the store, say they never close on Christmas. 'We are a resort area and people want to shop here on vacation,' Gloria said.
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Nancy Mandernach, a sales manager at The Wind in the Willows, says hello to a customer entering the store on Fifth Ave. South on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The store coins itself on being open 365 days a year.
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People walk passed the The Name Game, a store on Fifth Ave. South, that is open for Christmas on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Gil and Gloria Kovacs, who own the store, say they never close on Christmas. 'We are a resort area and people want to shop here on vacation,' Gloria said.
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The Name Game, a store on Fifth Ave. South is open for Christmas on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Gil and Gloria Kovacs, who own the store, say they never close on Christmas. 'We are a resort area and people want to shop here on vacation,' Gloria said.
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Julian Beaujardin, left, watches on as his wife, Liu, points out a desired bracelet to Gloria Kovacs at The Name Game on Fifth Ave. South on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Gil and Gloria Kovacs, who own the store, say they never close on Christmas. 'We are a resort area and people want to shop here on vacation,' Gloria said.
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Liu Beaujardin, left, tries on a bracelet bought for her on Christmas with her husband, Julian, right, at The Name Game on Fifth Ave. South on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 in Naples, Fla. Gil and Gloria Kovacs, who own the store, say they never close on Christmas. 'We are a resort area and people want to shop here on vacation,' Gloria said.


Full gallery »Christmas in Immokalee 2012

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Thirteen-year-old Bryan Gustave, of Immokalee, puts on his a new yellow hat he received from Santa and Mrs. Claus at the annual Christmas in Immokalee celebration in Airport Park on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Immokalee.
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Naples resident Lauren Berthelsen, 21, makes balloon animals for children attending the annual Christmas in Immokalee celebration in Airport Park on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Immokalee.
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Joanna Sunshine, of Isles of Capri, Carol Sween, of Fort Myers Beach, and Rod Foster, of Bonita Springs, left to right, work together on the food assembly line at the annual Christmas in Immokalee celebration in Airport Park on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Immokalee.
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Naples resident Bill Grover distributes baked goods to attendees of the annual Christmas in Immokalee celebration in Airport Park on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Immokalee.
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Eight-year-old Jazmin Martinez, of Immokalee, rides a horse for the first time at the annual Christmas in Immokalee celebration in Airport Park on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Immokalee.
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Immokalee High School Key Club member Marielena Garcia, 18, wears face paint and a bow as she distributes lemonade to attendees of the annual Christmas in Immokalee celebration in Airport Park on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Immokalee.


Full gallery »Christmas Eve Mass

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The children's choir sings as people take their seats for a Christmas Eve Mass at Saint William Catholic Church on Monday, December 24, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The church pews were filled with people participating in the afternoon gathering. The church was recently renovated, but the original stained-glasses windows are used in the new building. With 800 families enrolled, the new church has almost doubled in capacity.
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Colin Patrick McAlea receives a blessing at two months from Reverend George Ratzmann with his mother Courtenay McAlea during a Christmas Eve Mass at Saint William Catholic Church on Monday, December 24, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The church pews were filled with people participating in the afternoon gathering. The church was recently renovated, but the original stained-glasses windows are used in the new building. With 800 families enrolled, the new church has almost doubled in capacity.
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People bless themselves with holy water as they leave a Christmas Eve Mass at Saint William Catholic Church on Monday, December 24, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The church pews were filled with people participating in the mass. The church was recently renovated, but the original stained-glasses windows are used in the new building. With 800 families enrolled, the new church has almost doubled in capacity.
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Roberto S. Leo sings along to the songs during a Christmas Eve Mass at Saint William Catholic Church on Monday, December 24, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The church pews were filled with people participating in the afternoon gathering. The church was recently renovated, but the original stained-glasses windows are used in the new building. With 800 families enrolled, the new church has almost doubled in capacity.
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Reverend George Ratzmann leads a prayer during a Christmas Eve Mass at Saint William Catholic Church on Monday, December 24, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The church pews were filled with people participating in the afternoon gathering. The church was recently renovated, but the original stained-glasses windows are used in the new building. With 800 families enrolled, the new church has almost doubled in capacity.
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Susanna Loewen holds onto her son Jack, 3, during a Christmas Eve Mass at Saint William Catholic Church on Monday, December 24, 2012 in Naples, Fla. The church pews were filled with people participating in the afternoon gathering. The church was recently renovated, but the original stained-glasses windows are used in the new building. With 800 families enrolled, the new church has almost doubled in capacity.


Full gallery »Santa rides a fire truck through Golden Gate

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Santa Claus makes his annual Christmas Eve stop in Golden Gate with the help of the Golden Gate Fire Department on Monday Dec. 24, 2012.
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Santa Claus tosses candy out to children as he makes his annual Christmas Eve stop in Golden Gate with the help of the Golden Gate Fire Department on Monday Dec. 24, 2012.
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Children wait to see Santa Claus as he makes his annual Christmas Eve stop in Golden Gate with the help of the Golden Gate Fire Department on Monday Dec. 24, 2012.
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Ricardo Sanchez and his son, Christopher, 5, make their way out to see Santa Claus as he makes his annual Christmas Eve stop in Golden Gate with the help of the Golden Gate Fire Department on Monday Dec. 24, 2012.
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Santa Claus tosses candy out to children as he makes his annual Christmas Eve stop in Golden Gate with the help of the Golden Gate Fire Department on Monday Dec. 24, 2012.
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Santa Claus makes his annual Christmas Eve stop in Golden Gate with the help of the Golden Gate Fire Department on Monday Dec. 24, 2012.


Full gallery »Local woman creates Henry Hero Bear for kids of soldiers

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- Naples resident Janet Stone designed a teddy bear and wrote an accompanying children's book called Henry Hero Bear for children dealing with a family member's deployment in the military.
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- Naples resident Janet Stone designed a teddy bear and wrote an accompanying children's book called Henry Hero Bear for children dealing with a family member's deployment in the military.
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- Naples resident Janet Stone wrote a children's book called Henry Hero Bear and designed an accompanying teddy bear for children dealing with a family member's deployment in the military.
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- Naples resident Janet Stone wrote a children's book called Henry Hero Bear and designed an accompanying teddy bear for children dealing with a family member's deployment in the military.
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- Supplies of Henry Hero Bear fill a closet ready for deployment from the home of Naples resident Janet Stone.  Stone designed the teddy bear and wrote an accompanying children's book.
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- Naples resident Janet Stone designed a teddy bear and wrote an accompanying children's book called Henry Hero Bear for children dealing with a family member's deployment in the military.


Full gallery »Christmas Travel At RSW

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Joni Herman, right, welcomes her daughter Michelle Nicklas with a hug when she and her boyfriend Alan Gillespie arrived for the holidays at Southwest Regional Airport in Fort Myers on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Herman and her husband Greg Nicklas (not pictured) welcomed their fellow family members dressed in Christmas attire and filled with holiday spirit when they arrived. Members of the Nicklas family traveled from all over the country to meet each other for Christmas at their mother's home in Fort Myers Beach.
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Holiday travelers make their way to and from their flights at Southwest Regional Airport in Fort Myers on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
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Scenes from holiday travelers coming to and departing from Southwest Regional Airport in Fort Myers on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
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Scenes from holiday travelers coming to and departing from Southwest Regional Airport in Fort Myers on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
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Scenes from holiday travelers coming to and departing from Southwest Regional Airport in Fort Myers on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
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Scenes from holiday travelers coming to and departing from Southwest Regional Airport in Fort Myers on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.


Full gallery »Las Posadas, a religious and social celebration

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Aday Porras, dressed as Mary, sits on top of a mule during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration ending on Christmas eve and traditional to Mexican culture on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Richard Carrera, dressed as Saint Joseph, stands left and Javier Trevino stands right. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. Porras and many others have arrived to the Baez's home where Mary and Saint Joseph will ask the owners to come inside. They will then gather around the Nativity scene to pray.
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Many gather around a Nativity scene during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. A procession  walks through the streets, singing traditional songs, and end at a different home every night.
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People walk through the streets of Golden Gate, holding candles and singing songs during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration ending on Christmas eve and traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph.
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Lucea Herrea holds onto a rosary and candle during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. Each night, the procession ends at a different home where Mary, Joseph and others, gather around the Nativity scene to pray.
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Aday Porras, dressed as Mary, sits on top of a mule during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration ending on Christmas eve and traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. Porras and many others have arrived to the Baez's home where Mary and Saint Joseph will ask the owners to come inside. They will then gather around the Nativity scene to pray.
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Aday Porras, dressed as Mary, sits on top of a mule with Richard Carrera, dressed as Saint Joseph, stands left, during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. Porras and many others have arrived to the Baez's home where Mary and Saint Joseph will ask the owners to come inside. They will then gather around the Nativity scene to pray.


Full gallery »Toys For Tots

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Ruth Carvajal, right, gives a thankful hug to Sherri Harp after Harp wished Carvajal a Merry Christmas at the Marine Corps' Toys For Tots event on Saturday morning. Carvajal came to get presents for her grand children. 'I'm vary thankful for what they do,' said Carvajal. The event drew over 1,700 less fortunate families so they could get presents for their families for Christmas. People started to line up on Friday and stayed throughout the night to be let in when doors opened at 6:30 AM.
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Scenes from The Marine Corps' Toys For Tots where over 1,700 families received presents for their families for Christmas on Saturday morning. People started to line up on Friday and stayed throughout the night to be let in when doors opened at 6:30 AM.
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Scenes from The Marine Corps' Toys For Tots where over 1,700 families received presents for their families for Christmas on Saturday morning. People started to line up on Friday and stayed throughout the night to be let in when doors opened at 6:30 AM.
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People started to line up on Friday and stayed throughout the night to be let in when doors opened at 6:30 AM for the Marine Corps' Toys For Tots where over 1,700 families received presents for their families for Christmas on Saturday morning.
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Scenes from The Marine Corps' Toys For Tots where over 1,700 families received presents for their families for Christmas on Saturday morning. People started to line up on Friday and stayed throughout the night to be let in when doors opened at 6:30 AM.
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Sgt. Matthew Jacobs chats with families as they wait in line to be let in the Marine Corps' Toys For Tots where over 1,700 families received presents for their families for Christmas on Saturday morning. People started to line up on Friday and stayed throughout the night to be let in when doors opened at 6:30 AM.

Scenes from The Marine Corps' Toys For Tots where over 1,700 families received presents for their families for Christmas on Saturday morning. People started to line up on Friday and stayed throughout the night to be let in when doors opened at 6:30 AM.



Full gallery »Workers wear Christmas outfits to surprise children at NCH

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Santa Claus and his helpers scurried down the side of the NCH North Naples Campus hospital building on Friday, washing windows and surprising patients on the children's floor.  The Naples based company  Clean Up Group wore the Christmas outfits to pleasantly surprise children who needed to stay in the hospital during the holiday season.
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Jackson Burskey, 3, and his mother Nicole Burskey from Denver, Colorado watch as Santa Claus and his helpers scurried down the outside of the NCH North Naples Campus hospital building on Friday, washing windows and surprising patients on the children's floor.  The Naples based company  Clean Up Group wore the Christmas outfits to pleasantly surprise children who needed to stay in the hospital during the holiday season.
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Visiting from Denver with his family, 3-year-old Jackson Burskey was forced to spend time in the hospital.  To cheer him up along with other children in the hospital, Santa Claus and his helpers scurried down the side of the NCH North Naples Campus hospital building on Friday, washing windows and surprising patients on the children's floor.
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RN Patty Devarenne, left and Faban Frias, right, watch as Santa Claus and his helpers scurry down the side of the NCH North Naples Campus hospital building on Friday, washing windows and surprising patients on the children's floor.  The Naples based company  Clean Up Group wore the Christmas outfits to pleasantly surprise children who needed to stay in the hospital during the holiday season.
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Left to right, Sydney Burskey, 9, brother Jackson Burskey, 3, and their mother Nicole Burskey, all from Denver, Colorado watch as Santa Claus and his helpers scurried down the outside of the NCH North Naples Campus hospital building on Friday, washing windows and surprising patients on the children's floor.  The Naples based company  Clean Up Group wore the Christmas outfits to pleasantly surprise children like Jackson who needed to stay in the hospital during the holiday season.
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Santa Claus and his helpers scurried down the side of the NCH North Naples Campus hospital building on Friday, washing windows and surprising patients on the children's floor.  The Naples based company  Clean Up Group wore the Christmas outfits to pleasantly surprise children who needed to stay in the hospital during the holiday season.


Full gallery »Remembering Marco Island's Lady Christmas

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 Members of the party that fulfilled Marion Blomeier's wish to have her ashes placed in the sea, from left, Capt. Ray Yerich, Jerry Geralamo, Rachael Klein, Mika, John Basic, and behind them Bill Brock. Yerich took the party out in his boat, the Humingbird, around nine miles off Marco shores to place the ashes and red rose petals in celebration of Blomeier's life and last wish.
  • Marion Blomeier in a white convertable in the 1989 Christmas Island Style parade. She earned the nickname 'Lady Christmas' after she spearheaded the first parade the year before. Submitted
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Clockwise from top: Marion Blomeier decked out for a holiday party. 
 Marion Blomeier belts out "Cabaret," when she was honored as the 2006 Citizen of the Year at the Christmas Island Style 19th Annual Gala. 
 Marion Blomeier in a white convertable in the 1989 Christmas Island Style parade. She earned the nickname "Lady Christmas" after she spearheaded the first parade the year before.
  • Master of ceremonies Craig Woodward speaks to the group. Celebrants gathered to remember Marion Blomeier Saturday at the Olde Marco Inn, which she owned and ran for many years. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  •  Marion Blomeier belts out "Cabaret," a song that she became well known for on Marco Island for many years while owning the Olde Marco Inn Restaurant and entertaining her fans after she sold the restaurant. She was hnored as the 2006 Citizen of the Year at the Christmas Island Style 19th Annual Gala at the Olde Marco Island Inn & Suites. Wednesday night..


Full gallery »Christmas Lights In Victoria Park

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Rob Gaydos, center, adjusts his inflatable Snoopy with the help of his son, Zachary Gaydos, 15, on top of their home in the Victoria Park neighborhood in North Naples on Thursday. The neighborhood has classically been known for it's large displays of Christmas lights and decorations on nearly every home. The Gaydos moved to their Victoria Park home about five years ago from Michigan. Gaydos said that the Christmas light tradition the neighborhood has was one of the main reasons that he and his family moved into the home.
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Scenes from the Victoria Park neighborhood in North Naples on Thursday. The neighborhood has classically been known for it's large displays of Christmas lights and decorations on nearly every home.
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Scenes from the Victoria Park neighborhood in North Naples on Thursday. The neighborhood has classically been known for it's large displays of Christmas lights and decorations on nearly every home.
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Scenes from the Victoria Park neighborhood in North Naples on Thursday. The neighborhood has classically been known for it's large displays of Christmas lights and decorations on nearly every home.
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Scenes from the Victoria Park neighborhood in North Naples on Thursday. The neighborhood has classically been known for it's large displays of Christmas lights and decorations on nearly every home.
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Scenes from the Victoria Park neighborhood in North Naples on Thursday. The neighborhood has classically been known for it's large displays of Christmas lights and decorations on nearly every home.


Full gallery »Your Photos: Naples Christmas Parade 2012

  • Thousands of folks turned out to enjoy the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Avenue South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012. Photo by Val Brill
  • Thousands of folks turned out to enjoy the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Avenue South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012. Photo by Val Brill
  • Thousands of folks turned out to enjoy the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Avenue South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012. Photo by Val Brill
  • Thousands of folks turned out to enjoy the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Avenue South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012. Photo by Val Brill
  • Thousands of folks turned out to enjoy the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Avenue South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012. Photo by Val Brill
  • Thousands of folks turned out to enjoy the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Avenue South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012. Photo by Val Brill

Thousands of folks turned out to enjoy the City of Naples annual Christmas Parade along Fifth Avenue South on Tuesday, December 13, 2012.



Full gallery »Parents at RCMA wrap donated gifts

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Marisol Alberto, front left, Cristina Cortes, center, and the parents of 50 other children at RMCA, an early education program for children of migrant farm workers, wrap gifts donated to them for Christmas on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Immokalee, Fla. With the help of a $2,000 grant from Wells Fargo, two gifts were donated to parents this year, instead of the usual one.
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Rufina Jimenez Nesto Hernandez and her three-month-old son, Nester Hernandez, are at RMCA, an early education program for children of migrant farm workers, to wrap two gifts donated for Christmas at RCMA's Rollason Child Development Center on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Immokalee, Fla. With the help of a $2,000 grant from Wells Fargo, two gifts were donated to parents this year at RCMA, instead of the usual one.
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Rufina Jimenez Nesto Hernandez wraps one of two gifts donated to her for Christmas at RMCA, an early education program for children of migrant farm workers on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Immokalee, Fla. With the help of a $2,000 grant from Wells Fargo, two gifts were donated this year, instead of the usual one.
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The parents of 50 students enrolled at RMCA, an early education program for children of migrant farm workers, each wrap two gifts for Christmas at RCMA's Rollason Child Development Center on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Immokalee, Fla. With the help of a $2,000 grant from Wells Fargo, two gifts were donated to parents this year, instead of the usual one.
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Francisca Curiel, a family support employee at RMCA, passes hot chocolate to the parents of 50 students enrolled at the early education program intended for children of migrant farm workers at RCMA's Rollason Child Development Center on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Immokalee, Fla. The parents have arrived to the center on this evening to wrap two gifts donated to them for Christmas. With the help of a $2,000 grant from Wells Fargo, two gifts were donated to parents, instead of the usual one.
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Rufina Jimenez Nesto Hernandez, right, and the parents of 50 other children at RMCA, an early education program for children of migrant farm workers, wrap gifts donated for Christmas on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in Immokalee, Fla. With the help of a $2,000 grant from Wells Fargo, two gifts were donated to parents this year, instead of the usual one.



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