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December 4, 1988 | By Jane G. Pepper, Special to The Inquirer
As retail nursery manager for McNaughton's Nurseries of Cherry Hill, Philip Sargent gets involved in some very personal decisions. Picture a couple, married in June and shopping for their first Christmas tree. "It's got to be a Douglas fir," says he. "My family always buys a Douglas fir. " "No way," says she. "We've got to have a balsam fir, because the scent of its needles will remind me of Christmas at home in Wisconsin. " At this point, they turn to Sargent, who suddenly must double as a marriage counselor as well as a horticulturist.
NEWS
November 22, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Philly seems to have a new holiday tradition. The giant yellow noodle is back in JFK Plaza - Love Park - with the untarping scheduled for today. If it helps, think of it as a collosal yellow smile that funds the nearby holiday tree, instead of a crass pitch for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. "You know you love it," the noodle says, just as it has in other cities, including Philadelphia late last year. Thanksgiving Day, the 60 shops of the annual Christmas Village will open, offering an array of merchandise, including jewelry, ornaments and other arts and crafts, as well as waffles and gingerbread among its "food, drinks and sweets," organizers say. At 2 p.m. Saturday, the village will mark its official grand opening will a visit by the angel known as Christkind, who's flying in from Nuremberg, Germany.
NEWS
December 28, 1997 | By William R. Macklin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Whether it's deciding on turkey or ham for supper or a tie or cologne for Uncle Leon, Christmas can be one tough call after another. And even after you've sucked the bones dry on that holiday bird and sent Uncle Leon packing with his umpteenth bottle of eau-de-Whocares, it's not over. There's still one more crucial decision: When, exactly, do you take down the Christmas tree? "If the needles are starting to fall off, it's time to put it out," said Malcolm Crooks, owner of Tuckamony Farm, a cut-your-own tree farm in central Bucks County that does a brisk holiday business.
NEWS
December 5, 1996 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / TOM GRALISH
A preholiday crowd and a colorful tree made for an explosion of lights in City Hall's courtyard last night at the lighting of the "Holiday Tree. " Mayor Rendell lit the tree, then headed for the Market Street Street East Holiday Festival parade to Independence Hall.
NEWS
December 5, 1996 | STEVEN M. FALK/ DAILY NEWS
Mayor Rendell was joined by Disney favorite "Goofy" last night as the city marked the third annual Market Street East Holiday Festival with the lighting of the city's holiday tree outside of City Hall. At the National Museum of American Jewish History (above) volunteer teacher Sara Goldberg lights the menorah as she explains Hanukkah to local students. Story on Page 22.
NEWS
December 16, 1997 | Inquirer photos by Tom Gralish
Visitors to Independence Mall this week will notice a new sight - a scene depicting the birth of Christ. The creche was placed by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights on the Judge Lewis Quadrangle of Independence National Historic Park. It joins a holiday tree at the site. Next Tuesday, a 32-foot-high menorah erected at the park will be lit on the first night of Hannukah. A Park Service spokesman said the private groups had permits to erect the temporary holiday displays.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
By Don Harrison It's absurd, of course, to call a Christmas tree a "holiday tree" (as a New England governor did last year) - even if the purpose is to avoid offending non-Christians. The Christmas tree is specific to Christmas. Nobody refers to it as a "holiday tree," except possibly a clueless politician or a merchant who thinks he can sell more by secularizing the holiday. Making a big deal out of such absurdities - as do those concerned about what the conspiracy theorists at Fox News and elsewhere call the "war on Christmas" - is just as ridiculous.
NEWS
November 30, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The LOVE Statue is getting upstaged by what Kraft calls 'The Big Noodle. " Not only is the giant elbow mac brighter (yellow as a rubber ducky), bigger (20 feet long, 10 feet high), wordier ("You Know You Love It" stretches across its grin), and closer to the corner of 15th and JFK Boulevard, the cheesy-whatsit even has events. Like photo ops and giveaways. It is, after all, a promotion for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. The food behemoth forked over $24,500 to keep its one-ton noodle there into early January, certain to be seen by thousands of passersby and visitors to the shops of the Christmas Village, which opened in the park right after Thanksgiving.
NEWS
December 27, 1992 | By Jane G. Pepper, FOR THE INQUIRER
If you have a live holiday tree this year, try to move it outdoors as soon as your celebrations are over. The less time the tree spends in your warm, dry house, the better it will do outside. If you can't plant it for a few days, water the ball and leave it in a sheltered location. The most common mistake most of us make when planting is to sink the plant too far into the hole, which suffocates the roots when we pile the soil back on top. Also, most plants will sink after planting, so aim to plant a few inches higher than the soil line.
NEWS
December 8, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Let there be light tonight. Shortly before 6 p.m. Mayor Nutter and his wife, Lisa, will wrap up an hour-long celebration by flipping a switch to fire up 5,800 LEDs on the city's holiday tree, including 129 just on the five-pointed star. Singers and performers from various shows will be part of the "Holiday Celebration and Treelighting Spectacular," starting about 5 p.m. at JFK Plaza (LOVE Park), amid the Christmas Village, with its 50 wooden booths. The event was postponed from Wednesday because of the threat - and eventual actuality - of heavy rain.
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December 18, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Bryce Einhorn carried a three-foot-tall noble fir and its green plastic stand out of LOVE Park and onto busy JFK Boulevard to hail a cab for home. Little did Einhorn know that this holiday decoration, bound for his Center City apartment, would soon stand in twinkling defiance of the law. Since the early 1980s, Philadelphia fire's code has forbidden naturally cut trees in all multiunit dwellings, including high-rise condominiums, apartments, and businesses. An exception exists for one- and two-family homes.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
By Don Harrison It's absurd, of course, to call a Christmas tree a "holiday tree" (as a New England governor did last year) - even if the purpose is to avoid offending non-Christians. The Christmas tree is specific to Christmas. Nobody refers to it as a "holiday tree," except possibly a clueless politician or a merchant who thinks he can sell more by secularizing the holiday. Making a big deal out of such absurdities - as do those concerned about what the conspiracy theorists at Fox News and elsewhere call the "war on Christmas" - is just as ridiculous.
SPORTS
December 11, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Roy Halladay cheering may be months away, but holiday cheer - including clubhouse tours, merchandise deals and Phanta Claus - is gearing up from the Phillies. A series of charity-minded events begins today, some of which give fans a chance to give. On Thursday, a schedule of fan-oriented fare, dubbed the club's " 12 Days of Christmas ," gets underway, with a lot of hoopla Saturday and Sunday with the Weekend Holiday Sale & Food Drive at Citizens Bank Park. For free parking , go to Lot S off Pattison Avenue on the western side of the ballpark and mention "holiday sale" or "12 Days of Christmas.
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Quite a cast of characters will help Lisa Nutter, the mayor's wife, officially light the city's holiday tree early Wednesday evening at JFK Plaza, better known as Love Park. Santa. At least a half-dozen musical acts. A wizard and an elf king from the world of the new Hobbit film. Assorted marching/dancing/leaping units, including the Sixers Dream Team and Flight Squad. Plus dignitaries and several pageant winners. The 38-foot tree, with its 5,800 LED lights, stands in the middle of a sprawling holiday scene, with the 60-plus shops of the Christmas Village lining most of the plaza's walkways.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2012 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
The Wojciechowskis take Christmas seriously. They routinely decorate their Swedesboro home with 12,000 outdoor lights, a sight that always draws spectators. And this year, they've begun what they hope will become an annual ritual: cutting down their own holiday tree. "It's time to start a new family tradition," explained Tim Wojciechowski, who, with wife Maureen and toddler daughter Abigail, went to Media's Linvilla Orchards the Saturday before Thanksgiving to find a winner. "We're concerned about needles and watering, but just the smell is worth it. " Consider it a calling to your inner lumberjack.
NEWS
November 22, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Philly seems to have a new holiday tradition. The giant yellow noodle is back in JFK Plaza - Love Park - with the untarping scheduled for today. If it helps, think of it as a collosal yellow smile that funds the nearby holiday tree, instead of a crass pitch for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. "You know you love it," the noodle says, just as it has in other cities, including Philadelphia late last year. Thanksgiving Day, the 60 shops of the annual Christmas Village will open, offering an array of merchandise, including jewelry, ornaments and other arts and crafts, as well as waffles and gingerbread among its "food, drinks and sweets," organizers say. At 2 p.m. Saturday, the village will mark its official grand opening will a visit by the angel known as Christkind, who's flying in from Nuremberg, Germany.
NEWS
December 20, 2011 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you go, people are bludgeoning one another with verbal stockings full of coal. Yes, the War on Christmas is back, complete with comedy from Jon Stewart, outrage from Fox commentator Bill O'Reilly, and complaints from believers and atheists alike. In Pitman, a national group has criticized a "Keep Christ in Christmas" banner over a street. In Western Pennsylvania, a mayor has barred the same group's "there are no gods" banner from his town's Nativity scene.
NEWS
December 8, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Let there be light tonight. Shortly before 6 p.m. Mayor Nutter and his wife, Lisa, will wrap up an hour-long celebration by flipping a switch to fire up 5,800 LEDs on the city's holiday tree, including 129 just on the five-pointed star. Singers and performers from various shows will be part of the "Holiday Celebration and Treelighting Spectacular," starting about 5 p.m. at JFK Plaza (LOVE Park), amid the Christmas Village, with its 50 wooden booths. The event was postponed from Wednesday because of the threat - and eventual actuality - of heavy rain.
NEWS
December 7, 2011
R.I.'s Chafee stirs seasonal brouhaha PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Carolers singing "O Christmas Tree" crashed Rhode Island's Statehouse tree-lighting Tuesday after Gov. Lincoln Chafee unwrapped a holiday hubbub by calling the 17-foot spruce a "holiday" tree. Chafee insisted his word choice was inclusive and in keeping with Rhode Island's founding as a sanctuary for religious diversity. But it incensed some lawmakers, the Roman Catholic Church, and thousands of people who called his office to complain that the independent governor was trying to secularize Christmas.
NEWS
November 30, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The LOVE Statue is getting upstaged by what Kraft calls 'The Big Noodle. " Not only is the giant elbow mac brighter (yellow as a rubber ducky), bigger (20 feet long, 10 feet high), wordier ("You Know You Love It" stretches across its grin), and closer to the corner of 15th and JFK Boulevard, the cheesy-whatsit even has events. Like photo ops and giveaways. It is, after all, a promotion for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. The food behemoth forked over $24,500 to keep its one-ton noodle there into early January, certain to be seen by thousands of passersby and visitors to the shops of the Christmas Village, which opened in the park right after Thanksgiving.
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