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December 18, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer staff writer
At the end of the movie White Christmas, Bing Crosby, clad in a bad Santa suit, leads the cast in serenading a greeting-card perfect Christmas Eve snowfall. It is an idealized vision of Christmas long layered on the popular consciousness. Snow is everywhere in Christmas mythology, in Christmas carols, and certainly in Christmas marketing. For most of the nation, however, the notion of snow and Christmas is greatly at odds with climatological reality. Christmas Eve snow is more likely in Bing's reputed venue (Vermont ski country)
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December 23, 1990 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, Special to The Inquirer
Soldiers in Operation Desert Shield will be seeing white this week - white snowflakes that is. About 1,000 of the lacy white flakes with greetings were created by the students at Penn Valley Elementary School in the Lower Merion School District. "They went to soldiers in different units who are friends or relatives of some of our students and teachers here," said art teacher Nancy Ring, who organized the project. "We also put little tabs on the back of the snowflakes and sent spools of thread.
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November 26, 2009 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
White Christmas, making a two-week stop at the Academy of Music during its national tour - four years and counting - is more holiday event than actual theater. Cobbled together from the 1954 movie that starred Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, with extra songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, this show is about as genuine, and as exciting, as the soapsuds snow that showers down on the audience during the finale. There are, of course, some great Irving Berlin songs; with a lineup including not only the perennial favorite, "White Christmas," but also "Sisters" and "Blue Skies" and "How Deep Is the Ocean" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," we should all leave humming happily.
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December 18, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
With Dec. 25 a week and a day away, it's time to ask: Any shot at a White Christmas? For Pennsylvania, Weather.com's answer seems to be: Yes, No, and Maybe. And even that may be optimistic. According to the website's White Christmas map, snow is "Likely" early next week in the western half of the state, "Possible" along a band from Harrisburg to Scranton, and "Not Likely" in Philadelphia, its immediate suburbs, New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Maryland. But even in Pittsburgh and State College, there's no more than a 20 percent chance of snow on Christmas or the day before, according to Weather.com's own extended forecasts.
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November 25, 2008 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Proudly old-fashioned and decorated with enough sock-'em production numbers to run from Advent through New Year's, White Christmas is this season's big gift-wrapped Broadway package. The stage adaptation of one of film's most beloved holiday confections, launched four seasons ago in San Francisco, opened Sunday night at the Marquis Theatre for a limited run. Like the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen, the stage show is fueled by a pastiche of Irving Berlin songs originally composed for different shows and movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2001 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The Irving Berlin chestnut "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" can be found in the midst of White Christmas, director Michael Curtiz's folksy, friendly 1954 yuletide musical comedy that teams Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as best buddies who head for a New England ski resort with a sister duo played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. The resort isn't what it's cracked up to be, though: In fact, it's falling apart, and suffering from an economic downturn brought on by a complete absence of snow.
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December 21, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The question is a December evergreen: Are we going to have a White Christmas? The answer this year, is almost certainly no - the same answer as in most years. So why does the question keep popping up every Christmas season with the regularity of bad holiday music? Around here and for an overwhelming majority of the nation's population - not to mention Bethlehem, in the Holy Land - snow at Christmas is decidedly the exception. Only seven times in the last 56 years has an inch or more of snow been on the ground officially in Philly on Dec. 25, most emphatically in 1966, when a foot fell from a storm that continued into the early-morning hours.
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December 24, 1998 | By Maria Panaritis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Singers croon about it. Children dream about it. And every December, millions of holiday hopefuls wonder, only to be disappointed time and again: Could this be the year of the White Christmas? Well, Philadelphia, if the weather experts are right - and they think they are - then residents across the region will enjoy their first snowy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 32 years. Sure, there have been so-called dustings and coatings through the years (flurries in 1995 and 1980)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2009 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The Los Angeles Philharmonic will give the local premiere of City Noir, a new piece by John Adams. Pianists Yuja Wang and Andr? Watts will play traditional recital programs of Schubert, Liszt, Beethoven, and Scarlatti. And Black Grace, the bold all-male troupe from New Zealand, will dance its trademark blurring of traditional Pacific culture and contemporary moves. The Kimmel Center's own presenting arm will bring in about the same number of acts for the 2009-10 season as it did this year, officials have announced.
NEWS
December 7, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Fashion has invited embroidered navies, twinkling turquoises, sequined fuchsias, and austere aubergines to its annual red-and-green Christmas party this year. So instead of the usual warm glow, the vibe this holiday season is more icy chic. And this cooler-hued mood will likely spill onto the 2016 red carpets, from the Academy Awards to the Academy Ball. "I've been selling lots of magentas, blues, and purples," said David Schwartz, co-owner of the time-honored Center City women's special-occasion boutique Sophy Curson.
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December 21, 2015
The big music news this shopping season is that "Wonderful Christmastime," the cover of Paul McCartney's insipid holiday hit by indie-rock band the Shins, has surpassed Mariah Carey's superior 1994 perennial "All I Want for Christmas is You" as the most-played song in retail outlets in the run-up to Christmas Day. That's according to PlayNetwork, a service that helps retail brands maintain an endless holly-jolly loop allegedly conducive to making...
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December 20, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
After a brief flirtation with normality during the weekend, the weather in Christmas week evidently is going to feel a lot like Easter. White Christmas? Santa's sleigh had better have wheels. Forecasters say the highs Christmas Eve should reach the mid- to upper 60s, about normal for the latter half of April. In the meantime, an impressive streak is about to end. Saturday will be the first day of below-normal temperatures in 24 days. Through Thursday, official temperatures in Philadelphia were running almost 12 degrees above normal this month, which almost certainly will become the warmest December on record.
NEWS
December 13, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most folks would view this astonishing run of record warmth as an early Christmas present from nature. Steve Cannon isn't one of them. He is the guest services manager at the Jack Frost-Big Boulder ski resort, where only one of 35 trails is open this weekend and where it's been too warm to even make snow on many nights. "I've been here 13 years, and this is the craziest start to a ski season," he said Friday. Naturally, Poconos ski operators would prefer people in the Philadelphia region to be thinking snow.
NEWS
December 7, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Fashion has invited embroidered navies, twinkling turquoises, sequined fuchsias, and austere aubergines to its annual red-and-green Christmas party this year. So instead of the usual warm glow, the vibe this holiday season is more icy chic. And this cooler-hued mood will likely spill onto the 2016 red carpets, from the Academy Awards to the Academy Ball. "I've been selling lots of magentas, blues, and purples," said David Schwartz, co-owner of the time-honored Center City women's special-occasion boutique Sophy Curson.
NEWS
December 21, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The question is a December evergreen: Are we going to have a White Christmas? The answer this year, is almost certainly no - the same answer as in most years. So why does the question keep popping up every Christmas season with the regularity of bad holiday music? Around here and for an overwhelming majority of the nation's population - not to mention Bethlehem, in the Holy Land - snow at Christmas is decidedly the exception. Only seven times in the last 56 years has an inch or more of snow been on the ground officially in Philly on Dec. 25, most emphatically in 1966, when a foot fell from a storm that continued into the early-morning hours.
NEWS
December 1, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
A cookie roof, sweet-and-sour candy shingles, pretzel doors and chimneys, and snowdrifts of frosting. It's not a holiday fantasy - it's the recipe for a real, live gingerbread-house workshop in Chestnut Hill. Bredenbeck's Bakery at 8126 Germantown Ave. is hosting its third annual season of classes, teaching the art of making gingerbread houses. The tradition began in Norway for Christmas and Easter and was brought to America by immigrant bakers. "There's no wrong way to decorate a gingerbread house, and any age can do it, so it's great for families," says Bredenbeck's owner and operator, Karen Boyd Rohde of Fort Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
When Welsh singer Judith Owen moved to Los Angeles with her husband, comic actor and radio host Harry Shearer, in the 1990s, she found she wasn't so fond of sunny southern California during the holiday season. "I was feeling quite depressed because it all looked so lovely and I couldn't actually cope with Christmas in a hot, beautiful place," Owen says. She and Shearer are on a transatlantic conversation on her iPad from their home in London. "It made me feel terrible, and yearn to be somewhere that's dark and miserable.
NEWS
December 26, 2012
Christmas is the only religious holiday officially recognized by the U.S. government. Federal employees get the day off, or are compensated extra for having to work. Does that make America a Christian nation? Not really. Sure, 78 percent of Americans describe themselves as Christians, but many don't attend church regularly or read a Bible. Then there's the nearly 5 percent of Americans who are Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or another religion; the 4 percent who are atheist or agnostic; and the 12 percent described by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life as "nothing in particular.
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December 19, 2012 | BY PETER MUCHA, Philly.com Staff Writer pmucha@phillynews.com, 215-854-4342
WITH DEC. 25 a week away, it's time to ask: Any shot at a White Christmas? The answer for Pennsylvania, according to weather.com, seems to be: Yes, no, and maybe. And even that may be optimistic. According to the website's White Christmas map, snow is "likely" early next week in the western half of the state, "possible" along a band from Harrisburg to Scranton, and "not likely" in Philadelphia, its immediate suburbs, New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Maryland. But even in Pittsburgh and State College, there's no more than a 20 percent chance of snow on Christmas or the day before, according to weather.com's own extended forecasts.
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December 18, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
With Dec. 25 a week and a day away, it's time to ask: Any shot at a White Christmas? For Pennsylvania, Weather.com's answer seems to be: Yes, No, and Maybe. And even that may be optimistic. According to the website's White Christmas map, snow is "Likely" early next week in the western half of the state, "Possible" along a band from Harrisburg to Scranton, and "Not Likely" in Philadelphia, its immediate suburbs, New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Maryland. But even in Pittsburgh and State College, there's no more than a 20 percent chance of snow on Christmas or the day before, according to Weather.com's own extended forecasts.
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