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December 12, 2012
By Scott B. Pruden Philadelphia recently lost one of Santa's least conspicuous helpers. Ray Daub, the man whose vision became the Dickens Christmas Village display at the Macy's in Center City, died the day after Thanksgiving, the same day that his crowning achievement opened to the public for the 2012 holiday season. A bearded, curmudgeonly, chain-smoking craftsman, Ray inspired wonder in the masses but stayed shrouded in the shadows. It's unlikely that you've seen his name in print or his face on TV since 2005.
NEWS
January 14, 1987
Cheers to Maura Boland and her Jan. 3 Op-ed Page article, "Hey! Christmas has 3 days to go!" She's got the right idea. The warmth and cheer and love of the Christmas season shouldn't be turned on and off like a faucet. Christmas music shouldn't disappear from the airwaves on Dec. 26. Likewise, the "Merry Christmas!" salutations shouldn't evaporate from our lips after a couple of days. Merry Christmas to Ms. Boland. I hope the spirit of the season is still with us all during the heat of July.
NEWS
November 19, 1989 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, Special to The Inquirer
Christmas is arriving in Chester County a month early. On Nov. 30, the Fourth Annual Christmas in the County comes to Kennett Square, courtesy of the Kennett Square Merchants Association. "It's our merchants' way of promoting the town and getting into the Christmas spirit," said David Torelli, owner of Torelli's Mens Store on State Street in Kennett Square. Santa will arrive downtown on Nov. 30 in a horse-drawn wagon. There'll be a tree-lighting ceremony and strolling musicians.
NEWS
December 22, 1998 | by Mister Mann Frisby, Daily News Staff Writer
Who says Brotherly Love is not alive and kicking in this town? In response to a Daily News article yesterday about a North Philadelphia family who lost all of their Christmas gifts in a fire, folks have come forward with a whopping dose of Christmas spirit. Early Saturday, a fire almost destroyed Christmas for Rudolph and Ann Jordan and 11 of their family members, 10 of whom are children, ages 4-16. The toys and clothes that the family purchased over the last few weeks were burned in their home on 22nd Street near Lehigh Avenue.
NEWS
December 17, 2011
By Llewellyn King At Christmas, vintners, distillers, and brewers dance a discreet jig. They know that maiden aunts who drink only Communion wine all year will get red-faced on Cabernet Sauvignon this time of year. Accountants will lose count of their sips of eggnog. Lawyers will surrender to the siren song of gin descending on ice. O holy night! The English song claims that a "little bit of what you like does you good. " Those words encapsulate the abandon and jollity of the secular Christmas.
NEWS
December 20, 2001 | By Gloria A. Hoffner INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Latino Catholics throughout the region are celebrating Las Posadas, a nine-day reenactment of the journey of Mary and Joseph. Gathering nightly since Sunday, participants travel as a group to local homes asking for a place where Mary can give birth to Jesus. The celebration is named for the Spanish word posada, which means lodging or inn. At St. Katharine Drexel Church in Chester, work on the festivities begins in the fall and ends with midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, according to Carmen Concepcion, who coordinates the event for the parish.
NEWS
July 20, 1992 | By William H. Sokolic, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
You say it's a little early to deck the halls with boughs of holly? Somewhat premature to tinsel the town with silver bells? Au contraire. Check out Sea Isle City's first Christmas in July, a weeklong celebration of glad tidings. This week, houses, shops, even boats will be decorated with the finest the holiday season has to offer. All that is missing is the white stuff - and we do not mean white caps. But if Dave Farina can think of a way to bring in some snowflakes, he is sure to do it. Farina is chairman of the city's Tourism Commission, and as a way to give the tourists something more to do besides soak up the sun by day and carouse by night, the commission has come up with a scheme to re-create the holiday spirit - literally and figuratively.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 1996 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Had enough of the tired old spirits of A Christmas Carol? Try Greetings at Bristol Riverside Theatre, a play that takes the unusual tack of fusing Christmas spirit and New Age spiritualism. Then maybe you shouldn't try it. Although the comedy by Tom Dudzick has its moments and the Bristol production is enjoyable, Greetings is ultimately an unsuccessful bit of muddled holiday hokum that makes one miss the clarity, if not really the presence, of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
NEWS
December 23, 1995 | By Brigid Schulte, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU Christopher Marquis, William Hershey and Carol Rosenberg of the Inquirer Washington Bureau contributed to this article
It's palpable, in this Capital City. It looks like a scraggly five o'clock shadow, feels like an aching back, and smells like foul breath: Washington is in a bad mood. Christmas spirit? Ha! In a town where decorum reigns, where opposing sides in a political brawl shake hands when it's over and all go out to lunch, where perks rain down on Republicans and Democrats alike, the rancor is unusual. Lawmakers, usually breathing a sigh of relief on a long winter break this time of year, are still here, storming out of meetings, yelling on the floor, holing up by themselves or not speaking to each other.
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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 23, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
KING OF PRUSSIA The temperature reached nearly 70 degrees, but the Wilmoth family ventured inside the King of Prussia mall on Saturday anyway, searching not for deals, but for the Christmas spirit. Because if the spirit can be found anywhere, it's in the second-largest mall in America the weekend before Christmas. "We don't do much shopping while we're here," said Jason Wilmoth, 43, of Dresher. "We just like to get out and feel the hustle and bustle. " Wilmoth said his wife stayed up until 4 a.m. on Black Friday, waiting in line for deals.
NEWS
December 12, 2012
By Scott B. Pruden Philadelphia recently lost one of Santa's least conspicuous helpers. Ray Daub, the man whose vision became the Dickens Christmas Village display at the Macy's in Center City, died the day after Thanksgiving, the same day that his crowning achievement opened to the public for the 2012 holiday season. A bearded, curmudgeonly, chain-smoking craftsman, Ray inspired wonder in the masses but stayed shrouded in the shadows. It's unlikely that you've seen his name in print or his face on TV since 2005.
NEWS
December 17, 2011
By Llewellyn King At Christmas, vintners, distillers, and brewers dance a discreet jig. They know that maiden aunts who drink only Communion wine all year will get red-faced on Cabernet Sauvignon this time of year. Accountants will lose count of their sips of eggnog. Lawyers will surrender to the siren song of gin descending on ice. O holy night! The English song claims that a "little bit of what you like does you good. " Those words encapsulate the abandon and jollity of the secular Christmas.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2011 | By Barry Hatton, Associated Press
LISBON, Portugal - The streets of downtown Lisbon are usually ablaze with Christmas lights around this time - but this year the city has put on a somber show that matches the somber mood of austerity. The Yuletide gloom is seen across Europe's crisis-hit southern rim, as Athens and Madrid also dim the Christmas lights in a sign of how anxious countries have become about the future. In Lisbon, the city council has cut its festivities budget to $200,000 from $1,150,000 last year, leaving main streets short on Christmas spirit.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2011 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
IN THE ANIMATED "Arthur Christmas," Santa's nerdy traditionalist son battles a tech-crazed brother for the right to be the next Mr. Claus. A projection, no doubt, of what's been going on at the company where the movie was made - Aardman Studios, until now known for its old-school "Wallace and Gromit" Claymation, now joint-venturing with Sony to making the hyperspace jump to mainstream 3-D computer animation. And to big-money corporate synergy. "Arthur Christmas" opens with a music video featuring Justin Bieber and his live-action version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.
NEWS
November 7, 2010 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Halloween is hardly over. Thanksgiving is almost three weeks away. And Santa Claus is coming to town already. The Rotund Red-and-White One's arrival Friday at the Deptford Mall was complete with Mrs. Claus, a dancing Frosty, and a prancing Rudolph. Plus a string band and a magician named Joe Holiday (talk about seasonal synchronicity), who conjured up some Christmas spirit two days before the autumnal return of Eastern Standard Time. "It's never too early as far as I'm concerned," said Tricia Natale, who commanded a great vantage point from among the hundreds of parents, grandparents, and kids near the small stage.
NEWS
December 8, 2009 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Peter Nero's Holiday Pops is worth the price of admission if only for the hats - an unexpected bonus at the Kimmel Center and only the most tangible reason why the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir was such a welcome presence at Saturday's first performance in a run of nine concerts through Dec. 20. Even though the choir was in the far rear of the Verizon Hall stage, the church hats were a marvel, coming in expansive baroque shapes...
SPORTS
December 23, 2008
From: Gonzalez, John My favorite part about the postgame press conference happened when Andy Reid was informed that the team is still alive in the playoff hunt. Mathematically alive. Technically alive. Not really and truly alive. But you know Big Red. He's a glass-half-full kind of guy. "We are still alive?" Reid said. "I don't know the rankings. That's at least a positive here. In that case, the loss should have no effect on us. "  See, nothing to worry about. The loss should have no effect on them.
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