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December 22, 2012 |
It was our first Christmas together, and I was determined that it would be special. We had booked a hotel room for the holidays on the sand at Pismo Beach. Jim, my new love, had Mark Harmon hair and a Richard Gere smile. He watched BBC News, read (actual) books and regularly finished the Sunday Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle - in pen. He was also a no-nonsense merchant marine, so I was resolved that there would be nothing too frilly about this celebration. I spent the weeks before the holidays scouring thrift shops for inexpensive lights, garland and ornaments - with no emotional baggage - all of which could be discarded when Christmas was done.
December 20, 1996
Immanuel Presbyterian Church presents its 26th anniversary season of Music at Immanuel concerts that includes the traditional performance of part one of Handel's "Messiah" on Christmas Eve at 10:30 p.m. The church is located at 3300 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (213) 389-3191, Ext. 103.
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December 24, 1997
Today is Christmas Eve. These schedules will be in effect: * County, state and federal offices will be open, but some may close early. Most city offices will be closed all day, and others will close early. Call for details. * County, state and federal courthouses will be open regular hours. * Libraries: County libraries will close at 5 p.m., and some city libraries will also close early. Call for details. * Most banks and savings and loans will close early.
December 25, 2001 |
The holidays took a back-seat to football as USC and Utah spent their Christmas Eve on final preparations for today's Las Vegas Bowl. "We're not in the bah-humbug thing," USC Coach Pete Carroll said. "But Christmas is going to be a little different this year." Both teams had walk-throughs at Sam Boyd Stadium in the afternoon and meetings planned for the evening, so even if players had family in Las Vegas, they had scant free time.
December 24, 2011 |
The Obama family settled into their Hawaiian vacation this weekend, with the president making a late arrival thanks to the kerfuffle back in Washington over the payroll tax cut renewal. President Obama spent part of Christmas Eve playing golf with old friends from the islands and White House staff, while the first lady spoke with children who had called into NORAD's special Santa-tracking phone line. The White House released a transcript of the conversations, which show a first lady in classic Christmas story-telling mode.
January 1, 1997 |
Twin Christmas Eve bombings that killed an adult and two children in a small town have claimed the life of another child, state radio reported. The third child, Andile Matshoba, 13, was declared brain dead and removed from life-support machines. Matshoba's younger brother was also killed in the blasts, which sprayed shrapnel into crowds of Christmas shoppers in Worcester, about 55 miles northeast of Cape Town.
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December 23, 1993 |
Shoppers looking for last-minute Christmas gifts will have to contend with special holiday schedules at many Ventura County retail stores, while the time to ship Christmas packages has almost run out. Area shopping malls that have extended their hours during the holiday season will close their doors earlier than usual Christmas Eve, mall officials say. The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks will remain open until 5 p.m.
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December 31, 1995
I want to say thank you to the man in Acton who rescued me on Christmas Eve near Via Famero. My car was stuck on a dirt road, I walked to his home, disrupted his party, and he cheerfully towed my car out, and then insisted that I follow him right to my destination. There are some really nice people out there. Thank you. JON HARTMANN Los Angeles
December 26, 1989 |
A fire killed a mother and her three young children, and investigators were trying to determine whether it started in the living room, where the family's Christmas tree stood. All died of burns from the Christmas Eve blaze. "It was a tragic, tragic situation. The firefighters were carrying the children out with tears in their eyes," Fire Chief Norman Chaput said.