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.
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.
November 19, 1989 |
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.
December 22, 1998 |
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.
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.
December 20, 2001 |
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.
July 20, 1992 |
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.
December 9, 1996 |
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.
December 23, 1995 |
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.