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ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times television critic
Christmas cards, Christmas dinner, "A Christmas Carol" ? the United States has borrowed many of its holiday traditions from its imperialistic progenitor across the pond. But while Christmas crackers and mince pies show up regularly if not universally, Americans have not embraced one of the British mainstays: Christmas Day television. In Britain, TV is all about Christmas, and vice versa, for much of December, including specials (and, of course, the Queen's Speech) on the feast day proper.
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FOOD
December 21, 2005 | Regina Schrambling, Special to The Times
FOOD is almost religion to the French, but never more so than at the holidays. One of the most alluring traditions from a country that invented foie gras and perfected chocolate is reveillon, the late-night feast on Dec. 24, the early-morning feast on Dec. 25 and, for good measure, the anytime feast on New Year's Eve or Day. Reveillon originated as the celebratory meal after midnight mass in a heavily Catholic country, but everything about it is made for multicultural modern America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2003 | From Associated Press
Joe Smarzik, who gained national attention 26 years ago when he placed a newspaper ad looking for a family to eat Christmas dinner with, died last week on another holiday, Thanksgiving. He was 98. The classified ad, in which Smarzik promised to "furnish the turkey," resulted in a long relationship with a minister's family. "It was so neat to know that he just came out of obscurity ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2002 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
With their young children in Mexico, Christmas hasn't been the same for Irma Santiago and Cristobal Juarez. For two years now, the Thousand Oaks couple have celebrated Christmas, the most family-oriented of holidays, without much of their family. They had planned on a quiet evening at home, because it just wouldn't have felt right to have a loud, festive celebration without their children.
OPINION
December 25, 2002
It may not feel like the season to be jolly if all your Christmas cards speak of cancer, strokes, Alzheimer's, hospice and death, and if your children are scattered over four states and there's going to be three of you for Christmas dinner. Or if you're worried that you'll last longer than your money or that American children are going to die in some God-forsaken desert far away. You're blessed if, at 82 and 85, you and your spouse of 60 years are reasonably OK and your children are healthy and loving.
NEWS
December 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Christians around the world prayed for peace Christmas Day after a year filled with terror and war, but reminders of conflict abounded. "The dawn of the new millennium, which began with so much hope, is now threatened by dark clouds of violence and war," Pope John Paul II told the Roman Catholic faithful Tuesday at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, urging people of all faiths to embrace the spirit of peace at the heart of the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus.
NEWS
December 25, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as a midnight Mass filled the hangar bay of this enormous aircraft carrier Monday with hymns praising God and prayers calling for peace for all mankind, the deadly business of war was never far away. A space had been cleared for the ecumenical service attended by hundreds of sailors and Marines, including Rear Adm. Jim Zortman, commander of the Stennis battle group.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2001 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Back in 1992, David Sedaris wrote and talked about working as a Macy's Christmas elf (name: Crumpet) on National Public Radio, which is reason enough to support National Public Radio ad infinitum. Director Joe Mantello adapted the diary entries for the stage. In recent years, "The SantaLand Diaries" has popped up more frequently around the holidays. It is getting a nice airing at the moment at Sacred Fools, courtesy of Andrew Freidman's Crumpet, as one half of a seasonal double bill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
The festive centerpieces, the plentiful food. None of it could hide the raw emotion about 30 people felt Monday as they gathered for Christmas dinner, not at home but in a hospital cafeteria. There, friends, family and relatives of Juan Jimenez of Santa Ana, Barry Ellegaard of Laguna Niguel and Armando Mesa of Garden Grove tried to come to terms with the events that had put the three men in the San Fernando Valley's Grossman Burn Center in critical condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1999 | KAREN ALEXANDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a prime rib feast under way in the dining room. A gingerbread house and table full of sweets were displayed near the tree. But the heart of the action this Christmas was the playground, where sticky-faced children in their prettiest outfits climbed and slid and tried out new toys. It was just another Christmas in Irvine--even at Human Options, a shelter for abused women and children.
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