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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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August 31, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
The incredible shrinking Macy's empire plans to announce the locations of most of its 100 store closures by the end of January. Elina Kazan, national spokeswoman for Macy's, said Monday that the majority of the targeted stores to shut will be announced by the end of January 2017, or in about five months. "For those remaining locations, it will be sometime later - not yet determined when. " When it announced the 100 closures Aug. 11, Macy's said it would focus on its e-commerce strategy, as the Gap and JCPenney have done.
NEWS
August 19, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Aubrey Whelan, and Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITERS
Among dozens of gifts Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams belatedly reported this week are four family vacations at the Key West, Fla., beach house of longtime Philadelphia lawyer Richard Hoy. During the same period, Hoy represented scores of defendants facing charges brought by Williams' office, ranging from DUIs to aggravated assault. In an interview, Hoy said he frequently lets friends, many in Philadelphia's political class, use his vacation home. "I never considered it a gift," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
IF YOU'RE jonesing for the next book in George R.R. Martin 's "A Song of Ice and Fire," and can't hold on until the bearded bard turns in his manuscript, the Guardian reports that London's Hesperus Press will be publishing an epic novella in December by ... Saddam Hussein . If ever there was a writer who thought the sword was mightier than the pen ... How did the old despot find time to write books while committing so many human rights atrocities?...
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
"WHAT DOES a citizen have to do to be heard in this democracy?" South Philadelphian Vince Iezzi is asking me because he has a question and no one else is hearing him. He says he has written to the mayor; his councilman, Mark Squilla; the at-large Council people; the Board of Education; the city and state human rights offices - even the TV stations. He has received only one reply, which I'll get to in a moment, and zilch from all the other "public servants. " His is not really a big question, not "important" in the grand scheme of things, but something that's bugging him, and not him alone, I think.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
For falsely arresting a nurse on Christmas 2013, former SEPTA Police Officer Douglas Ioven must spend four hours each Christmas for the next four years doing community service. That was part of a novel Noel sentence handed down Friday by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge. In March, Ioven, 44, was found guilty of false imprisonment and official oppression for arresting nurse Muibat Williamson at Suburban Station, following a contentious confrontation between the two at a Dunkin' Donuts store.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Recently, a guy I've known for more than a year decided it would be best for us to part ways. Before Christmas, I had asked what he would like for Christmas. His response was, "I don't want anything for Christmas - I want you. " A couple of weeks later, he told me the pictures, nightstand, candy dishes, and candleholders he had in my apartment were gifts from him because he loved me. Tonight, he packed everything up and left! I don't know exactly why, but I think it has more to do with his own issues than me. Abby, I feel I have been manipulated and used.
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Douglas Ioven and Muibat Williamson both had to work on Christmas 2013. Ioven was starting his shift as a SEPTA police officer, and Williamson was heading home from hers as an overnight neurology nurse at Einstein Medical Center, when they met at a Dunkin' Donuts shop in the concourse of Suburban Station. Christmas only went downhill from there. On Tuesday, both prepared to relive their very un-merriest of Christmases past in a Philadelphia courtroom, where Ioven, 44, went on trial on charges of witness retaliation and intimidation, official oppression, assault, and other offenses for arresting Williamson after an argument about cutting in line.
NEWS
February 12, 2016
Q: I went all out for Christmas, and my woman was very happy. Now she wants me to go all out for Valentine's Day. Should I tone it down next year? Steve: For romance, nothing beats Valentine's Day. Think of it as your Super Bowl. You have to give the best you possibly can, make no turnovers or misreads. Give it 100%, show her your best, and your woman will make you a winner. Now go out there and do it! Mia: Dude, you want it both ways. You want your woman to hop up and down when, say, the big game is on, but when it's something for her like Valentine's Day, then the timing isn't right or it's too expensive.
NEWS
January 31, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I bought a house a few years ago in a development in a nonmetropolitan part of Virginia. There was a homeowners association with a president. However, the association was not active until about two years ago, when I started a Facebook group for it. Now, there are about 30 neighbors in the Facebook group. It was a nice way to get to begin to know our neighbors. For the first time in many years, there was an association dinner last year that about 18 people attended. I was not an official in the association but did most of its work.
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