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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...
NEWS
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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January 5, 2015 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
Want to know what I got for Christmas? Tularemia. Don't know what that is? Allow me to explain. Rewind to a few days before Christmas, when Daughter Francesca came home for the holidays and was about to build us a fire, so I got in the car to go buy firewood since we didn't have any split logs. I may be hardy, but I don't know how to split logs. I'm not a lumberjack, I just dress like one. So I hop in the car and take off to the store, but I'm thirsty, plus I have a canker sore, which considering my pain threshold, feels like childbirth.
NEWS
January 2, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
ATRUCK headlight left at the scene of Tuesday's fatal hit-and-run in Northeast Philadelphia may be a key piece of evidence in helping police find their suspect. Police now know that the vehicle that struck and killed Theresa Pozzi on Street Road was likely a 1987 to 1991 dark-colored Ford pickup or tow truck. Just two days before Christmas, Pozzi was crossing State Road from the east side when a truck driver mowed her down without stopping. Police are asking anyone with any information to come forward.
NEWS
December 30, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
UPPER DARBY police are searching for a Philadelphia man who was involved in what Superintendent Michael Chitwood described as a brutal robbery inside 69th Street Terminal on Christmas morning. The 48-year-old victim was returning from work and waiting for a bus about 1:40 a.m. Thursday when three men approached him and demanded his SEPTA TransPass, according to police. They punched and kicked him and threw him down the steps. "These guys were at the terminal for one reason only, to rob and steal something," Chitwood said.
NEWS
December 29, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THE DAY AFTER Christmas - the words alone bring on exhaustion. Perhaps the living room carpet is still cluttered with shredded wrapping paper, or the kitchen counter is serving as purgatory for dirty dishes longing for their rightful home in the cupboard. What, just me? But for many Philadelphians, the day after Christmas is a jackpot faux-holiday, with high stakes for those wanting to return unwanted gifts or cash in on deep day-after discounts. Ken Keen is store manager at the Burlington Coat Factory in the Gallery at Market East.
NEWS
December 29, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
LITTLE KRIS LI is the talk of the town. His mom, Yanjin Li, beamed with pride yesterday afternoon while talking about her son's much publicized entrance into the world Thursday night on a Market-Frankford El train. "Thank you to everyone who helped," an exhausted Li, 27, told the Daily News during a bedside interview in Hahnemann University Hospital. "It was so scary. " Li started having contractions Thursday afternoon, around the time other families were sitting down to Christmas dinner.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
QUITE A HAUL "The Interview" brought in $1 million in theaters on Christmas. D4.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Christmas Eve service at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Hammonton, N.J., was crowded, so Dolores Distler, 77, and her husband, Melvin, 78, parked across the street. Christmas was her favorite time of year. She often decorated the lawn with reindeer and the trees with bright lights. Each Dec. 24, the devout Catholic attended church. This year, as she left the service on a rainy evening, she was telling her husband how much she enjoyed it. When the couple approached Route 206, there was a lull in traffic, and Melvin Distler thought they could make it across.
NEWS
December 27, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Christmas, Cliff Hunter got an invaluable gift - a reminder that there are generous, good-hearted people in the world. He just wishes he knew the name of one of them in particular, so he could offer thanks. The inspiring story began on SEPTA's Route 17 bus shortly after 9 a.m. Dec. 18. Hunter, 79, a single retired social-services worker, had boarded at 20th and Wharton Streets, near his South Philadelphia home, bound for Center City to do several errands. He had placed a Christmas package - a sweater - ready to be mailed to a sister in Florida in the parcel bin at the front of the bus. Then he made his way to a seat farther back.
NEWS
December 27, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time the officers entered the subway car, they could see the baby's head crowning through his mother's sweatpants. A group of riders had already formed a semicircle around her, offering as much protection and comfort as they could on the Market-Frankford Line. SEPTA Police Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James arrived at the 15th Street station about the same time: 5:50 p.m. on Christmas. "Get your gloves ready," Caban told James. Caban, who had experienced childbirth only as an observant father, knelt and removed the woman's sweatpants as she practiced breathing exercises.
NEWS
December 27, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Angel Saldana sat in front of a steaming Christmas dinner, feasting on roast beef, candied yams, and green beans. Behind him, a tall Christmas tree sparkled with colored lights and silver tinsel. A duo harmonized on carols. All around, many dug in to hot meals as volunteers bustled through the room, serving food to regulars and new faces, all of whom came for the holiday meal at St. Francis Inn in Kensington. Christmas drew more than 330 people to the Franciscan ministry, which has served a free meal daily since Dec. 16, 1979.
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