February 1, 1995 |
Five days before Christmas I found a Christmas card for my grandson - a large card with Santa Claus on it and an accordion-like pull-out which unmasked row after row of reindeer. It seemed just the thing for a 2 1/2-year- old. I signed the card. The envelope was bulky, so I weighed it on my postal scale. The card pushed the outer limit of an ounce, but didn't cross the line to two ounces. I put a 29-cent stamp on it, and mailed it at our local post office, which is in the same ZIP code as my grandson's home.
April 18, 1993 |
Lars Svonni was lounging on a floor of matted birch branches inside his cone-shaped Lapp hut, pampering the fire with a small limb and talking about reindeer. The reindeer, he said, pointing to his forehead, have a mind of their own. "They have a clock that tells them when to leave for the mountains. They start to move, little by little, and the people follow them. " It was July when my Swedish-born wife, Kjerstin, and I arrived for a five- day visit to Swedish Lapland, 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
December 9, 1986 |
Santa shows up a couple of different places at the same time tonight: NBC has him on trial for murder, CBS has him in search of a lost reindeer, and Channel 29 has him in computer-generated color. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS MATLOCK (8 p.m., Ch. 3) - Veteran actor Pat Hingle guest-stars as a street- corner Santa who's accused of murder. That charge is a bit more serious than the one Santa faced in Miracle on 34th Street, meaning that Matlock (Andy Griffith) won't be able to win the case by dumping sacks of mail to Santa on the judge's desk.
November 18, 1987 |
It was no laughing matter. This was heavy stuff. I mean one false move and any one of the 12 guys in the classroom could melt a child's dream faster than Frosty in a hothouse. But it didn't matter. The merry dozen ho-ho-hoed their way through class and on to graduation. There wasn't a flunker in the class. Flunk Santa Claus? He might occasionally get booed in this town, but flunked? Never! So as "Pomp and Circumstance" filled the room, 12 of Santa's helpers - their golden tassels turned to the left - received their diplomas yesterday following an hourlong class at Wanamaker's Center City store.
October 25, 1994 |
The ghosts and goblins lurked in the dingy and dark police station's basement yesterday as borough residents looked around in wonder and amazement. A Halloween haunted house? Think again. The ghosts were accompanied by dogs, swans, ducks, Easter bunnies, snowmen, reindeer, Santas and Disney characters - all part of a recent recovery of stolen lawn ornaments. "I can't believe this - I've had this stuff for 15 years," said Ridley Park resident Michael Tokash, as he identified his wooden Santa Claus and reindeer, which were decked out in colorful lights.
December 29, 1994 |
One guy got so mad that an automated teller machine had eaten his MAC card that he threw a tantrum in a Newtown Township bank. Two drunken young men stole a three-foot snowman and a homemade wooden reindeer from a home display in Falls, police said. An electrical box, responsible for keeping a star lit atop a flagpole, was stolen in Newtown. A family in Lower Makefield lost its Christmas turkey to thieves who broke into the Tall Meadow Lane house. The thawing bird and two Christmas presents were taken sometime Friday.
November 23, 2011 |
We all have this vision of Santa Claus flying around on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, a big bag of packages tucked behind him. In reality, it doesn't work that way. Santa actually travels in the S-1, a red spaceship bigger than the Star Trek Enterprise with a central command station on the North Pole and black-clad elves who zip down ropes, Mission: Impossible -style. That's the version we get in Arthur Christmas, a new animation from first-time director Sarah Smith and Aardman Animations, the British company that brought us Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
October 26, 1993 |
HEY, GANG, LET'S DRESS UP AND GO OUT AND ROB A TRAIN! The prospect of turning 40 was so depressing that Bev Tonkin knew she had to do something special. So she talked about a dozen friends into dressing up as cowboys and "robbing" a train. "I go through these periods and do something crazy, I guess," Tonkin said yesterday in Canterbury, N.H. Dressed up as cowboys, Tonkin and her gang of desperadoes terrorized lovers of autumn leaves out for a weekend railroad jaunt.
January 2, 2004 |
You've already ruined it, turned me away, I'm doing what happens to slurs these days, Reclaiming my rituals, as we did for queer, I refuse to visit your mall this year! There's no way your ads, pop-ups & billboards Are luring me in with the rest of the hoards. It was probably cute when it all began, But then it became just a tool for the plan To make us buy what we just don't need, The earth can't sustain, & encourages greed. I'm a big fan of drawing loved ones near, But it's got nothing to do with your pimped-out reindeer.
February 7, 2009 |
On a 50-degree day earlier this week, toddler Chace Fazio and his mother stood in front of the prairie dog exhibit at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. Seeing them, the prairie dogs chattered a warning. Some stood their ground; others popped back into their holes. The little boy followed the movements with interest. "When it's nice like this, I bring him," said Bridget Fazio, 37, one of the mothers whose steady patronage keeps the Norristown-based nonprofit off the endangered species list.