December 18, 2014 |
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.
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.
December 11, 2012 |
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.
December 5, 2012 |
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.
December 1, 2012 |
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.
November 22, 2012 |
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.
December 20, 2011 |
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.
December 8, 2011 |
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.
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.
November 30, 2011 |
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.