The following were among events occasioned by the approach of the holidays:
An anonymous donor sent a shoe box wrapped in plain brown paper and filled with $25,000 worth of crisp $50 and $100 bills to Seattle radio station KCMS, a Christian outlet raising money to help disadvantaged children. "I broke into a sweat when I unwrapped it," said receptionist Janet Long. "Everybody was awestruck." Station officials said they have no idea who sent the money. The enclosed note carried wishes of "Merry Christmas. Ho ho ho" but no signature.
Ten naughty persons -- people convicted in Antioch, Ill., of such crimes as battery and burglary as well as traffic violations -- were sentenced to serve their time answering letters to Santa Claus.
Dozens of people called Littleton, N.H., police with offers of a place to stay and money for a Texas woman who earlier this week found her 5-year-old son after a two-year search. Dorothy Edmonds, a convenience store clerk, had arrived in New Hampshire with enough money for only two nights in a motel, but found she must stay there until Monday to get legal clearance to leave with her son, who was allegedly kidnaped by his father in 1985.
A deputy sheriff in Memphis disguised as Santa Claus arrested 117 fugitives who had been lured to a party by the promise of a prize in the "Mid-South Holiday Sweepstakes."
An Oklahoma truck driver who was supposed to take a $20,000 load of Christmas trees to a troop of Boy Scouts was accused of selling them to King Soopers, a Denver supermarket chain, for $7,360 instead. The driver has been missing since his rig was found abandoned at a 76 Truck Stop in nearby Wheat Ridge, Colo.