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By STEPHEN KIEHL and STEPHEN KIEHL,SUN REPORTER | December 21, 2005
It began to dawn on Kimberly Forsyth last week: She wasn't getting as many Christmas cards as she used to. "Usually by now my mailbox is full of them," said Forsyth, 42, a business consultant who was at the main Baltimore post office recently, sending Christmas packages. "By now I usually have 40 to 50 cards. This year I have about 10." Of course, Forsyth wasn't sending as many as usual, either - about 50 this year, compared with 150 in previous years. She writes a personal note in each of her cards and said she just doesn't have the time this year.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
Santa artwork mailed as holiday greetings, embroidered fabrics that look more pincushion than Christmas card, and countless other historic missives had been tucked away in cabinets at downtown Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library for longer than anyone can remember. Now, for the first time in decades of safekeeping, some 450 historic cards are on display. The rare Pratt exhibit shows how Marylanders have sent December greetings, either for Christmas, New Year's or Hanukkah, over 140 years.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | December 2, 1997
Christmas cards from police departments don't wish anyone holiday cheer. Instead, the greetings offer advice on how to avoid getting gifts stolen long before they're wrapped."
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By Louise Vest | December 11, 2013
50 Years Ago Let's park and have lunch "Helicopter Parks in Don's Backyard  "Don Flax, of Wilflax Motors on Route 40, was startled Thursday to see a helicopter hovering overhead, circle around and land in his parking lot. "Ideas of an emergency, invasion, or an early visit from Santa clause were dispelled when several men descended, identified themselves as a survey team and asked, 'May we leave our helicopter here while we go to...
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By Kathleen Megan and Mary K. Feeney and Kathleen Megan and Mary K. Feeney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 24, 2001
Will anthrax be the Grinch that steals this year's Christmas cards? With the mysterious spread of anthrax through the mail and, most recently, the unexplained contraction of the disease by an Oxford, Conn., woman who died Wednesday, there is reason to wonder just how much Christmas card-sending will go on this year. And what about the receiving end? Will people be less than thrilled at the prospect of opening dozens, or hundreds, of cards this year? If you talk to people in the card industry and at the post office, consumers won't let any such fears stop them.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1995
BETHLEHEM -- They came by van rather than by camel, but they came from afar: Five women from Glen Burnie, Pikesville and Perry Hall drove across the Bay Bridge, through Talbot County, across the Choptank River and into this little community Caroline County -- just so they could have the wise-men decoration and the Bethlehem postmark on their Christmas cards.Their cards are among the 80,000 pieces of mail that will move through the Bethlehem post office this holiday season."This is our yearly thing," said June Weber of Perry Hall, who drove over with four friends (and the husbands of two of them)
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By DAN BERGER | January 3, 1994
If there is no Loch Ness Monster, what is left to believe?Times have changed when calls by the state shipping company of communist China is great news for Baltimore.Candidate Clinton campaigned for gays in the military. President Clinton sues to keep them out. He wanted votes then. He's commander-in-chief now. What's to understand?This year, we're going to get the Christmas cards out early.
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By DAN BERGER | December 24, 1997
It's getting to be time to think about doing the Christmas cards.The Maryland Historical Society will strip the assets of the City Life Museums, leaving the city with cherished landmarks as empty buildings it does not know what to do with and cannot afford to maintain. Sure glad they settled that one.Cheer up. The Ravens will be better next year.Merry Christmas!Pub Date: 12/24/97hTC
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By Christy Kruhm and Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 29, 1995
THE WEEK between Christmas and New Year seems like an unusually long week. The festivities of the long-awaited, and much anticipated, Christmas Day are behind us, and the seven-day countdown to the new year looms.For parents especially, this week can be a challenge. Even though the kids have probably just received more new toys than any one child should, parents will still hear the echoes of "What are we going to do now?" throughout the house.Thoughts during this time turn to the year ahead and what it holds for us, and it's refreshing to finally have the time to sit down and reflect on the holiday just past.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff | December 12, 1999
In spite of rumors to the contrary, e-mail, political correctness, working mothers and the 33-cent stamp aren't killing off the holiday card. But the times are changing the reasons we send cards and the kinds of cards we're sending."
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By Rachel Gatulis, For The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
I am fortunate to have recently come back from a much-needed family vacation. I was able to sleep in, and (gasp!) actually finish a book that was unrelated to wedding planning. The relaxation period was short lived due to the reality check I received upon my return.   Over the past month, Andrew and I had been in the planning lull. All of the major vendors were booked and contracts were tweaked. I became less fervent with my Pinterest, Google image and Facebook “research.” I allowed my grad school applications to take priority for a while.
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By Matt Vensel | December 23, 2011
On Thursday, I asked Ravens fullback Vonta Leach whether he planned to don a Santa Claus suit for the team's walkthrough Friday. Leach had a tradition of doing this when he was with the Houston Texans, but he told me Thursday that he wasn't sure whether he would do it this year because he was one of the new guys. "I'll have to see what I've got in store. I'll have to talk to some of the guys to see if it's a good idea because I am new here,” Leach said. “But it's a way to break the tension a little bit and have some fun. " I've got good news: Santa came to Owings Mills on Friday ( thanks in part to a little pleading from Ray Rice )
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
Sarah Palin, it seems, finds the Obama family Christmas card featuring First Dog Bo something less than appropriate. The former governor of Alaska tod Fox News that she found it "odd" that the card featured the dog rather than the cores of the holiday: "family, faith and freedom. " Americans, she added, want "American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree. " The Obama's card shows Bo, the family's Portuguese Water Dog , lounging in front of a lit fireplace.
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2010
One of the best Christmas cards out there can be found at NotCafeHon, the Twitter feed created after cafe owner Denise Whiting trademarked the word "hon. " There's a photo of Whiting celebrating with the mayor who came to her rescue a little over a year ago when the restaurant's pink flamingo was imperiled. "Merry Christmas," the card reads, "from a disgraced woman who stole from Baltimore … and Sheila Dixon . " On the same topic, a Baltimorean posted on Facebook: "Just realized that the Boycott Cafe Hon Facebook Page is registered under the username ' Cafe Hon .' What a huge mistake on Cafe Hon 's part for not getting to it first.
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November 6, 2010
Sunday, Nov. 7 Book sale The American Association of University Women will hold the final day of its used book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 8151-D Ritchie Highway, Pasadena. Information: 410-315-9899. Workshop An "Encaustic Workshop" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Encaustic is an ancient painting technique that uses liquid colored waxes. Class price is $220 tuition, $25 membership, $10 registration.
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December 24, 2009
In response to Garrison Keillor's column "Nonbelievers, please leave Christmas alone" (Dec. 16): While I respect your point of view expressing your dislike of the secularization and commercialization of Christmas, I did find your comment about "Jewish guys writing Christmas songs" very offensive. The anger you voiced in that paragraph was hateful, and I, as a longtime fan, was saddened to hear it. I assume by "Jewish guys" you are referring to Irving Berlin? "White Christmas" was written in 1942 and was an important song for many families separated by war. The wish for that song is not unlike your desire to light some candles and sing softly.
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By Matt Vensel | December 23, 2011
On Thursday, I asked Ravens fullback Vonta Leach whether he planned to don a Santa Claus suit for the team's walkthrough Friday. Leach had a tradition of doing this when he was with the Houston Texans, but he told me Thursday that he wasn't sure whether he would do it this year because he was one of the new guys. "I'll have to see what I've got in store. I'll have to talk to some of the guys to see if it's a good idea because I am new here,” Leach said. “But it's a way to break the tension a little bit and have some fun. " I've got good news: Santa came to Owings Mills on Friday ( thanks in part to a little pleading from Ray Rice )
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By Orange County Register | December 18, 1992
Save the rain forests.Be kind to animals.Feed the children.And Merry Christmas.Holiday cards with dual messages probably will have their biggest year ever this season as more Americans buy "cause cards," Christmas cards with a companion message from a charitable or political-action group."
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By JACQUES KELLY | December 23, 2006
I've never met Joe and Peggy Werner, but I endorse their suggestion that a memorable Christmas Eve could be spent in church along Baltimore's Charles Street corridor. They recommended starting early, dropping in here and there, and breaking for dinner. Joe recalled a Christmas Eve experience at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church in Charles Village where gowned hostesses acting as ushers invited him to a post-midnight parish reception.
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By STEPHEN KIEHL and STEPHEN KIEHL,SUN REPORTER | December 21, 2005
It began to dawn on Kimberly Forsyth last week: She wasn't getting as many Christmas cards as she used to. "Usually by now my mailbox is full of them," said Forsyth, 42, a business consultant who was at the main Baltimore post office recently, sending Christmas packages. "By now I usually have 40 to 50 cards. This year I have about 10." Of course, Forsyth wasn't sending as many as usual, either - about 50 this year, compared with 150 in previous years. She writes a personal note in each of her cards and said she just doesn't have the time this year.
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