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Kevin Chevel Honored by The Arc of Monmouth County
Friday, 01 August 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Kevin Chevel, of Middletown Township, is being honored by The Arc of Monmouth County. Mr. Chevel has worked at the Middletown Public... Read More...
Free World-Class Chamber Music Concert at Monmouth U
Friday, 01 August 2014
West Long Branch, NJ -  Monmouth University is pleased to announce that the Simon String Quartet and colleagues will again present free... Read More...
Come Enjoy The Taste of Atlantic Highlands 2014
Friday, 01 August 2014
Atlantic Highlands, NJ - Get ready to enjoy the Third Annual Taste of Atlantic Highlands, September 14th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Taste gives... Read More...
IMAGE Monmouth Reform Temple Welcomes Rabbi Marc Kline to Lead its Congregation
Friday, 01 August 2014
PHOTO: (left to right) is Monmouth Reform Temple’s new Rabbi Marc Kline (center) with his wife Lori Bernard and the MRT President Jay... Read More...
IMAGE Red Bank Police Report - August 1, 2014
Friday, 01 August 2014
Red Bank, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Red Bank Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent until proven... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE And Another Thing!
by Anne Mikolay
Friday, 01 August 2014
Despite the fact that I am “The Armchair Critic”, I usually keep my criticisms to myself; however, every once in a while I have such a bad day I... Read More...
IMAGE This Global Church
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 01 August 2014
In the beginning of July, I was blessed to attend the annual meeting of the Baptist World Alliance in Izmir, Turkey.  The Baptist World Alliance... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - August 1, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 01 August 2014
Jenny McCarthy's son calls 911 because she is texting while driving.What does she do?Toss his phone out the window: http://bit.ly/1o8KTMS Denver... Read More...
IMAGE Not the Kind of Anchovy You Put on Pizza
by Joe Reynolds
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
If someone were to ask you the question what’s the most abundant and frequently found fish in Lower New York Bay, including Raritan Bay and Sandy... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Lucy
by David Prown
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
I saw the new movie, "Lucy" the other day starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman and this movie is going to do well in the box office. Not... Read More...

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anne_mikolay_2012_120As a child, my favorite Christmas decorations were the miniature glitter-houses my mother set up atop fake, cotton snow on the window sill. Known as a Putz village, these pasteboard structures with cellophane windows were routinely sold in dime stores and the Sears catalogs. Putz houses, sprinkled with glitter, were Bermuda-pink and Bermuda-blue, among other equally non-seasonal colors. I adored the little houses that today are collectibles fetching quite a pretty penny, depending upon condition.

Back in my day, holiday decorations were mainly plastic...plastic Santa, plastic reindeer, plastic bells with plastic ribbons. Mom's best ornaments were made of colorful glass, and she hung them on the tree with tinsel icicles. Poinsettias (yes, plastic) flanked our fireplace, and shelf elves or wax candles shaped like carolers adorned the end tables. Exterior decorations were limited to Christmas lights with big red, blue, green, and yellow bulbs now considered “retro”; seasonal lawn figures were non-existent.

Though I miss the simple decorations of my youth, I rather like contemporary holiday décor (no plastic!); lighted lawn reindeer and Christmas trees are beautiful. However, the lawn inflatables so popular nowadays are nothing more than eyesores to me. A four foot, inflated Winnie the Pooh is not cute, nor is the “puddle” of nylon left on the lawn when he deflates. This brings me to an inflatable lawn ornament I find most baffling: the flying pig.

The pink, winged, flying pig first appeared as a holiday decoration in my neighborhood about two years ago, at which time I posed the as yet unanswered question: what does a flying pig have to do with Christmas? An internet search failed to reveal anything other than sites selling the incongruent sow. The porker's holiday connection remains a mystery. Do people put the flying pig on their lawn at Christmas because they eat ham for the holidays? Do the politically correct employ the pink pig to convey the message they will cease saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” when pigs fly? Does the flying pig honor Miss Piggy, star of The Muppet Christmas Carol, or is it a character in an obscure children's book? Was there a pig beside the manger when Jesus was born? Was there an angel pig beside the manger? Is there a marketing tie-in somewhere? Is McDonalds stuffing happy meals with pink flying pigs these days? You know what they say...you can put lipstick (or, in this case, wings) on a pig and it's still a pig, so somebody tell me please...what does a flying pig have to do with Christmas?

Christmas decorations are meant to be whimsical, memorable. Granted, a flying pig is both, but I prefer the traditional...a Putz village, an elf on the shelf, even a plastic Santa and plastic reindeer. I will forego the traditional and embrace a pink pig as a symbol of the holiday season...when pigs fly.