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December 20, 2013 | By Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, For The Inquirer
Hooray, it's the holidays! And you'll find no "Bah humbug!" here. We're caught up in the festivities of the season. If we're lucky there'll be just enough snow to dress Bucks County in winter white. The little river towns along the Delaware look downright Dickensian - big stars and bells strung with twinkling lights hang from every lamppost, people hurry through their errands, while others stroll and peruse shop windows decked out with bling. There are even carolers on street corners singing the old favorites.
NEWS
December 25, 1986
Cynical sorts - along with inquiring skeptics and sincere disbelievers - are ever so annually diligent to spread the word that Christmas is an expropriated celebration. That every culture has had a winter solstice-time party. That Jesus couldn't have been born in December. That Judean shepherds never stayed out with the flocks overnight at this time of year. Could be. So what? Fact is, it's Christmas. Most certainly, Christmas is part of everyone's life. Not just the pious Christians.
NEWS
December 24, 2003
AT A TIME when most of us are busily preparing for Christmas, let us remember and thank our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. To those who protected our freedom in World War II, thank you. To those who fought in Korea and Vietnam, thank you. To those who fought in the Gulf War, thank you. And to those firefighters and police officers in New York, the ones who head into a burning building as we are heading out, and lost their...
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December 25, 1999 | By Thomas Hutt
We know now that for the first three hundred thousand years after the big bang the universe was completely dark . . . it was only then that the first light began to emerge. And tonight I tuck my daughter in and catch a glimpse . . . And tonight I kiss my sleeping son on his head and catch a glimpse of the Incarnation. The author lives and writes in West Mt. Airy.
NEWS
December 25, 1991 | By PATRICIA DIXON
Passing a church nativity scene, one December day in 1958, a woman on a bus was heard to say, "Oh, Lord! They bring religion into everything. Look! They're dragging it even into Christmas now!" It seemed funny at the time. Today, it has become a remarkably accurate statement of the American view of Christmas. The secular, commercial festival is the norm, and attempts to drag religion into it - or to remind people that it is the celebration of Christ's birth - are rigorously suppressed.
NEWS
December 25, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / SHARON D. GEKOSKI
In a home in Burlington City where simple seasonal signs adorn doors and walls, and strangers come and leave presents, it's a true first Christmas - a first for the home, a first for the babies, a first for the teenagers who live there, who are ending a year as new mothers or beginning another as soon-to-be mothers. The home belongs to Crossroads, which welcomes pregnant teens, and lets them stay until their babies are 1 year old. The home opened in June.
NEWS
December 21, 1998 | By Richard Robitaille
In the end, I suppose, Christmas '98 will be much like Christmas '76, '81, '95 - or '03, for that matter. But it's Christmas 1990 that will always remain with me. That Christmas, I didn't find myself sipping apple cider, breaking open fresh almonds, sitting near the fireplace, or laughing with my daughters. That Christmas, I found myself in the Saudi Arabian desert, under an army tent, only dreaming of these things. We'd been alerted months earlier at our home station in Bamberg, Germany.
NEWS
December 12, 1986 | By JOYCE WINSLOW, Special to the Daily News
The Christmas caroling filling the air and the delicious aroma of gingerbread and cookies wafting from many kitchens have worked their magic. If you, too, are hooked by the spirit of Kris Kringle and want to wade into the middle of the festivity but still avoid crowds and commercialism, you'll enjoy this week's Going Places. They let you participate in the warmth and hospitality of this holiday season in family homes within two hours driving time from Philadelphia. Catch a sense of Christmas Past at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Cornwall, 15 miles north of Lancaster.
NEWS
December 24, 2008 | SOLOMON JONES
DEAR SOLOMON, Eve and Adrianne, Christmas began at a time when the only thing that could save the world was a new beginning. Christmas began with a child. This year, as we celebrate the birth of love in its highest form, I celebrate each of you. I pause to reflect on the moment you came into the world, to remember the first time I held you, to look back on the laughter we've shared. But most of all, I pause to thank God for the gift of redemption. For you see, it was in learning to be a father that I learned to be a man. I grew strong on the nights when I rocked you to sleep.
SPORTS
November 1, 1996 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
As Pat Croce left yesterday's Chamber of Commerce luncheon to introduce the 76ers, he said he felt it was "like the night before Christmas. " The Sixers open their NBA season tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks at the CoreStates Center, in the first game that counts with Croce as the team president. "It's like seeing all the Christmas presents under the tree, but you can't open them yet," he said. "The question is, did you get what you want?" What Croce wants most of all, at least in the early days of his stewardship, is effort.
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NEWS
January 1, 2016
HARRISBURG - Traffic fatalities in the commonwealth over the Christmas holiday fell by half from last year, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. From Dec. 24 to 27, police said, four people died in vehicle crashes, including one that was alcohol-related. The crashes occurred in Erie, Indiana, Lancaster and Lehigh counties. Last year, eight were killed and 224 injured over the holiday and subsequent weekend. Of the 632 crashes reported this year, 54 involved alcohol, police said.
NEWS
December 31, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
WATERLOO, Iowa - Assailed by Donald Trump a day earlier, Gov. Christie on Tuesday said little as he brushed off the GOP rival's barrage, which encompassed attacks on New Jersey's economy, the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, and Christie's embrace of President Obama at the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. "It just appears to me that the Christmas spirit left Donald after only three days," Christie told reporters at Elly's Tea & Coffee in Muscatine, in eastern Iowa. He then wished Trump and his family a happy New Year, adding, "I'll see him in New Hampshire.
NEWS
December 30, 2015
Continuing a tradition, the annual dialogue between God and Your Favorite Columnist. YFC: What's the matter, God? You seem preoccupied. GOD: There's a lot of evil in the world, other than Snapchat. I'm trying to take my mind off things. YFC: You're playing with a drone. GOD: The joy stick is giving me fits. It's a Christmas gift. YFC: From whom? GOD: Rachel Dolezal. She wants me to change her back to white. YFC: She is white. GOD: Who's to say, really?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News
The long: Trees, trains and dolls are old-fashioned traditions of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art that linger through the winter break. The short: This oughta top your vacation week to-do list. The demo: Christmas fans, nature lovers, train fanatics, doll aficionados, and kids who can't imagine life before screen time. The trees: The three-story atrium boasts a bevy of lovely firs, each adorned with handmade, nature-derived critter ornaments on a different theme.
SPORTS
December 30, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
SALT LAKE CITY - The 76ers took some criticism for releasing Tony Wroten on Christmas Eve. However, that wasn't their intent. They decided to cut the backup point guard in order to create a roster spot to complete the trade for Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans. They just never intended for it to happen Thursday. The Sixers wanted to make the trade on Saturday, the day after Christmas. However, the Pelicans pushed to make it happen on Thursday. As a result, Wroten received the bad news Thursday while the Sixers were on the trade call with the Pelicans.
NEWS
December 28, 2015
Natalie Pompilio is a Philadelphia writer Marietta admits she's often "an object of curiosity. " The 65-year-old suburban grandmother is a longtime follower of the eating plan endorsed by Food Addicts Anonymous, meaning she doesn't consume anything containing sugar, flour, or wheat. She'll pack her own food before holiday parties, leaving it in the car at first to ensure she won't upset her host by bringing it in. If there's any possibility her food will offend, she'll sip water during the event, eating after she leaves.
NEWS
December 27, 2015
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -A Christmastime wave of severe weather continued yesterday as a tornado touched down in Jefferson County, Ala., including through the southwest portion of Birmingham, the state's largest city. Witnesses spotted the funnel outside the city about 5 p.m. An hour later, the National Weather Service confirmed that first responders were on the scene along Jefferson Avenue in a working class neighborhood about eight miles from downtown Birmingham. Lt. Sean Edwards, a Birmingham police spokesman, said trees are down and people were trapped inside damaged houses, adding that several people were taken to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries, but further details were not immediately available.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2015 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
Soon after Rose and Aaron Harris bought their Tacony home four years ago, a neighbor stopped by. His first question on that warm fall afternoon? "Do you do Christmas?" "I said, 'Yeah, sure. We'll do Christmas. We'll put some lights up,' " Aaron Harris recalled. Fast-forward to a Saturday morning a few months later. The Harrises were nestled in their new home - all snug in their bed, as it were - when they heard the loud buzz of a drill. Away to the window, Aaron flew like a flash.
NEWS
December 26, 2015
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December 26, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Christmas long ago stopped being a purely religious occasion. People of all faiths or none in particular enjoy the same seasonal traditions: shopping, exchanging gifts, decorating homes, preparing and eating a festive meal, and rarely spending a commensurate amount of time to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. In today's America, where political correctness can reach unnecessary extremes, Christmas has morphed into a secular event in which no one is made uncomfortable by having to hear the Christmas story.
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