December 31, 2015 |
WATERLOO, Iowa - Assailed by Donald Trump a day earlier, Gov. Christie on Tuesday said little as he brushed off the GOP rival's barrage, which encompassed attacks on New Jersey's economy, the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, and Christie's embrace of President Obama at the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. "It just appears to me that the Christmas spirit left Donald after only three days," Christie told reporters at Elly's Tea & Coffee in Muscatine, in eastern Iowa. He then wished Trump and his family a happy New Year, adding, "I'll see him in New Hampshire.
December 27, 2014 |
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.
December 23, 2013 |
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.
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.
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 10, 2011 |
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.
November 23, 2011 |
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.
November 7, 2010 |
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.
December 8, 2009 |
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...