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December 24, 1989 | MICHELLE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms are Laguna Beach free-lance writers/photographers and authors of the updated "Away for a Weekend."
For those dreaming of a white Christmas, a visit to Yosemite National Park is guaranteed to turn spirits high for the holidays. For us it began last year as we drove through the Sierra foothills from the San Joaquin Valley. Rain that spattered our windshield in Merced had turned to snowflakes by the time we neared the park's entrance. We put chains on our tires and did not remove them until we left snow-covered Yosemite a week later. It was two days before Christmas.
Rosemary Clooney will tell you that her two favorite holiday songs are "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." She'll forever be linked with "White Christmas," Irving Berlin's melancholy tune that lent its title to the 1954 movie in which Clooney starred with Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and her good friend Bing Crosby. The story behind her feeling for "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is much more personal.
December 3, 2009 | By Susan King
Christmas is coming early to the Southland with two of the most beloved holiday movies screening next week. On Sunday, Clarence the Angel, George Bailey, Mr. Potter and company are winging into the Million Dollar Theatre downtown for the Los Angeles Conservancy matinee screening of Frank Capra's 1946 "It's a Wonderful Life," starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. Next up is Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney in the 1954 musical comedy "White Christmas," at the ArcLight Hollywood on Monday.
November 27, 2005 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
EBENEZER SCROOGE, watch your back. Kevin McCollum, the same Broadway producer behind the musicals "Rent" and "Avenue Q," is out to grab a chunk of the holiday audiences that queue up yearly across the U.S. for productions of "A Christmas Carol" and "The Nutcracker."
December 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
New England has the cold weather--now all many ski resorts need is snow. The resorts have fired up their snow-making machines in hopes of meeting "white Christmas" guarantees and making up for a slow start to the ski season. "There isn't much we can do," said Stanley Beers, whose Blue Hills ski area in Massachusetts was empty Friday. The Boston area has set a record this year for its lack of snow. As of Friday, no measurable snow had fallen at Logan International Airport for 284 days.
December 25, 1987 | TINA CRAVAT, Times Staff Writer
As if ordered by Santa, frigid winds brought a white Christmas Eve to the mountains of San Diego County, with some snow flurries reportedly even making a brief appearance in such unlikely spots as La Mesa, Poway and the San Carlos area of San Diego. The snow came as the county was girding for possible record cold Christmas night. San Diego's downtown high temperature was 55 degrees Thursday, just 3 degrees short of the record low-high temperature of 52 degrees, set on a Christmas eve in 1879.
December 29, 2002 | Ken Emerson, Ken Emerson is the author of "Doo-dah!: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture." He is writing a book about pop songwriters in New York City during the 1950s and '60s.
"Songs make history," Irving Berlin declared. "And history makes songs." Yet a precious few songs outlive their eras and elude, if not transcend, history. This is especially true in America, land of diversity and novelty, where tradition is short and memory shorter. It takes more than a catchy tune, a heartfelt lyric and a hook to make a standard that sticks in our scattered national consciousness.
December 24, 2009
SPECIALS A Christmas Story: A dog and a mouse team up to deliver a misplaced letter to Santa in this animated special (6:30 a.m. Toon). Blackadder's Christmas Carol: A kindly merchant is taught the error of his generosity by a group of mean-spirited spirits in this holiday comedy import (3 p.m. BBC America). Disney Prep & Landing: In this charming animated special, Dave Foley gives voice to a member of the elite elf team that prepares for and oversees Santa's arrival at children's houses (8 p.m. ABC)
December 13, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Since he introduced Irving Berlin's Oscar-winning tune "'White Christmas" in 1942's "Holiday Inn," Bing Crosby and the yuletide have become synonymous. Crosby, who died in 1977, performed the song again in the 1954 holiday movie perennial "White Christmas. " But even holiday traditions change. Though "White Christmas" may be the bestselling single of all time, the recording is no longer the most popular Christmas song this season, according to Billboard. That honor belongs to Mariah Carey's 1994 "All I Want For Christmas Is You. " Der Bingle and "White Christmas" have dropped to No. 7 "For a certain generation that would be totally astounding," says Ron Simon, a curator for the Paley Center for Media.
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