November 30, 2012
AROUND THIS time of year, some people like to celebrate the season the same way they have in years gone by. They see "The Nutcracker," attend a tree-lighting, admire the lights in Rittenhouse Square or window shop on Walnut Street. And those traditions are wonderful ways to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. But some of us are - shall we say - nonconformists. Some observe "Buy Nothing Day" instead of Black Friday and would rather not endure a concert of Christmas carols. It's for those rebels that we've searched through holiday performances, exhibits, and events to find the most interesting, unusual, and under-the-radar happenings.
November 25, 2012 |
Saturday marked the seasonal grand opening of the Christmas Village, located in the heart of Love Park. The outdoor village consists of over 60 vendors selling holiday gifts and treats from both the United States and Europe. The village, now in its fifth year in Philadelphia, is inspired by a similar tradition held in Germany that began as early as the Middle Ages. On hand to kick off the Christmas celebration were representatives from German American Marketing, Inc. and One Main Financial, the village's main sponsors.
November 24, 2012 |
The Thanksgiving turkey is sliced up for sandwiches and Black Friday is in the rear-view mirror. Here comes. . . Christmas! And along with it, here comes a blizzard of holiday specials, some of them around long enough that aging baby boomers can watch them with their grandchildren. Here are some of the highlights: Tuesday 8 p.m. 6ABC. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas . The green meanie tries to wreck Whoville's Christmas in the 1966 animated version, with Boris Karloff voicing the Grinch.
January 2, 2007
RE ANNETTE BUSH'S letter on the Christmas Eagles-Cowboys game: First, there have been NFL games on Christmas since 1971. Why is it a problem now? And you are obviously out of touch with the psyche of the Delaware Valley. I didn't encounter one person not looking forward to enjoying a meal with his family and THEN, as a family, gathering around to watch their beloved Eagles do battle with the hated Cowboys. If anything, it brought a little something extra to the day. No one had to decide between his family and the Eagles unless someone who wanted their way or the highway forced him to choose.
December 22, 2005 |
Even if you love Christmas music, the sugar rush can make you ill. Billboard reports that 2,100 different Christmas titles have been purchased by fans this year, including bad new ones by insipid sax man Kenny G. and faux classical Euro dudes Il Divo, and a collection of flatulent sounds called Jingle Smells that includes "Silent Butt Deadly Night. " Let me tell you: It stinks. But it's all not holly jolly garbage. Jazz singer Diana Krall's quite classy Christmas Songs is the breakout hit of the season, at No. 17 on the Billboard album chart earlier this week.
December 26, 2003 |
Sleep still lingered in Sharice Jones' eyes as the 9-year-old slid into the church pew at St. Malachy Church for Christmas Mass. It was after 10 a.m., but Sharice and her 11-year-old sister, Sheila, had started celebrating Christmas almost as soon as the clock did. "Five after 12 they were up," said their great-grandmother, Clydie Jones, 78. "They opened up every present. " "Actually, it was a minute after 12," Sheila said. "Oh, excuse me," replied Jones, who with 10 children, 23 grandchildren, "and umpteen dozen great-grandchildren," is accustomed to sass.
December 25, 2000 |
A dominant feature of Prague is the Gothic tower of the Cathedral of St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert. That tower is now wrapped in scaffolding because it is being renovated. Temporarily, the scaffold conceals the tower's beauty. That concealment, however, is designed to preserve this beauty forever. Perhaps this scaffolding serves as an analogy for our world, and particularly that of the post-Communist countries. If some of our best features are not quite visible for the time being, it is because the societies are undergoing change, striving anew - this time in complete freedom - to rediscover and restore our true identities.
December 10, 1998 |
More than 200 volunteers from Crossing Community Church in Newtown are preparing for a colonial Christmas celebration this weekend. The free event will include a 1777 military encampment, craft demonstrations, colonial games, and visits from George Washington and friends. The celebration is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Janney homestead, a 14-acre property where the church is located. Visitors can take guided tours of the 18th-century farmhouse on the grounds.
December 8, 1997 |
Mercedes Stewart was touched by the boy's unselfish letter to Santa. It struck a theme that ran through many of the 200 pieces of mail received by the Camden Rescue Mission: Children seemed more concerned this year about their parents' battle to pay bills than about receiving toys, said Stewart, who runs the mission with her minister husband. "I am writing this letter because I see my mom struggle every day just to get by," wrote 14-year-old Rashad Ervin, the oldest of three children who are being raised by a single, unemployed mother in East Camden.
November 28, 1997 |
The moon, the sun and tradition converge this year, and it's a lucky thing for the University of Pennsylvania Museum - and a lot of other places that have gotten into multiculturalism in a big way. The museum has put together a joint celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even the winter solstice, all under one roof and billed as Peace Around the World. Children can sign up for workshops on the holiday traditions of six cultures. (Kids, get ready to bash a pinata and play with a dreidel.