The City of Cape May, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May and the Small Businesses of the Washington Street Mall, is proud to announce this year’s winners in the annual Cape May Easter Fashion Stroll.

Frank Dachowski, 74, loves model trains, always has, always will. That love of miniature locomotives and railroad cars of all sorts is set into full motion for Christmas.

Preparing for Christmas 1967, from the Avalon Herald of that year, Jeanette McCargo gets a holiday treat from Commissioner Ellsworth Armacost at a borough party for children.

Kelly Mahon, of Wildwood Crest, has a unique “elf” for her tree, it's Lil Man, her 5-year-old Great Dane.

Santa, the North Pole's most famous resident, paid a visit to South Seaville and Cannon Lodge No. 104, F. & A.M. Dec 10.

So many ChristmasesSharing the spark of their essence,Flowing downThrough the annals of time,Reaching this momentWith their fond caress,Adding their shapes and soundsTo this day of celebration,Bringing a heart backTo the best and worst,The simple and extreme,The taken-for-granted good timesT…

I have always had fond memories of growing up in Jersey City. To this very day, I hold those memories dear to my heart, especially those of when I was a kid in the 60s.

For those who have given up on finding a Nintendo Wii, and can’t quite afford a 65-inch plasma TV, it’s still possible to give a meaningful gift at Christmas.

Time runs out for me. I suddenly realized it’s almost Christmas.

I retired two years ago from being  a "Santa's Helper." And, after 25 years of "playing Santa," there are some fond memories: some bad, some good, but memories just the same.

It was Christmas Eve many years ago. The day was cold, gray and blustery; it felt like snow was in the air.

On Christmas a baby we see in swaddling clothes in a manger laid and overhead a shining star proclaiming, "He is the Son of God."

Somebody said a long time ago Christmas is for families. Now I got the picture myself. 

Children of Pamela Brockman of Rio Grande are ready for Christmas. 

There’s a special kind of magic that God gives to Santa Claus to make the reindeer fly on Christmas Eve.

Christmas 1942 was a struggle with 14 children, as was every day. Our dad was a hard worker and wanted to supply his family's needs.

Standing at the Home Depot with my wife Kris, I was hiding my disappointment.

My story begins in 1853 when my ancestors emigrated from Germany to the United States and settled in Fieldsboro, N.J. This was my great, great grandfather and his wife and their young son, 13 years old, my great-grandfather.

Whimsey loved her mother dearly, and no less beloved was she. Plainly and poorly they did live in a cottage of straw and stone, without neighbor to be seen.

The late November day was gloomy, gray and cold as we crossed the causeway to Sea Isle City every inch of the car bursting with the last items from our move from Delaware to our summer home on 72nd Street. 

I was born Dec. 3, 1934, to Emma G. Elwell (Cape May Library is dedicated to her) and J. Oliver Elwell (meeting room in the Cape May Firehouse is named after him).

Dried black willow leaves cling to a twig six weeks before worshippers sing on Christmas about joy and peace in church.

Today I heard my first seasonal Christmas carol on my FM radio Even though it’s mid-November, I felt a pang of joy and an inner glow I am so grateful to believe that there is a Christ with whom I share my life And having a wonderful family, both near and far, and an ever-loving wife!

I have the most beautiful Christmas story.

The winter of 1989 was my first away from Saint Paul, Stone Harbor, in seven years.  I was studying at Fordham University, in Manhattan.

I remember when I was about 7, I wanted a dollhouse.

Glowing with accomplishment still wrapped in winter's chill The Carolers are done their caroling ~spreading Love and Christmas cheer along their way

‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, in a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.

I think we all can recall a moment when we are brought back to memories of a different time; when our senses of hearing, sight and even smell have transformed us, taking us back to an experience in history. When that happens to me, I am so grateful and so astonished to be a part of this time travel.

Mayor William Pikolycky congratulates the trophy winners from Woodbine’s Dec. 8, 2017, annual holiday parade and thanks all of the participants and those who made the parade possible.

Cape May County Library “Ring in the Holiday Season,” performed by the Joyful Bell Ringers of First Presbyterian Church, will be at the Woodbine Branch Dec. 9 from 11 to 11:30 a.m., the day after Woodbine’s annual Christmas parade.

Please join with the Borough of Woodbine in celebrating the upcoming holiday season when on Fri., Dec. 8, the Borough hosts its annual holiday parade, sponsored by the Woodbine Volunteer Fire Company.

The Herald is asking for readers' stories, recipes, poems and photographs for the Christmas edition, Dec. 20.