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December 29, 2011
I recently read about the people who paid for others' Christmas gifts on layaway ("Donating thousands, 'layaway angels' land in Maryland," Dec. 22). It made my heart glad knowing we still have people who show their love and compassion for others instead of thinking only of themselves. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all could show others love and compassion not just at Christmas, but throughout the entire year? Love conquers all. Let's show others the true meaning of love each and every day. Timothy Modlin
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
You lose two or three days to illness, and then it's such a stretch to catch up during a busy time at the paragraph factory that blogging lapses. And now, even though no one called out, "Shane! Come back," you return to the keyboard to examine the Christmas spirit with a question: What is the most odious Crhistmas song? To simplify the investigation, we'll narrow the field. Omit hymnody and Christmas carols. (Perhaps, like me, you are relieved when Advent ends and takes with it the interminable "O come, Emmanuel," but we won't go there.)
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NEWS
By Barbara "BJ" Lincoln | December 18, 2009
A nother holiday season is upon us, and the battle is joined. For most of our young nation's life December has been all about Christmas, the Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. In my youth, I was not aware of other holidays sharing the same space - and only vaguely aware of other religions. It was a time to think of others less fortunate, giving our time to those in need and being kinder to my brothers as well as strangers. I lived in a country that welcomed everyone seeking a better life than the one they had in their country.
NEWS
Jacques Kelly | December 6, 2013
I was not prepared for the sheer candlepower of Harbor East when I went in search of some early Christmas spirit this week. Moving along Albemarle Street, where the holiday lights burned hot and bright, I made some mental comparisons with the old Howard Street and its department stores. Hands down, Harbor East outperformed the staid department stores. The place had a nighttime energy - and the circle at President Street reminded me of a kind of Times Square bustle. The traffic was maddening but there was no getting away from the reality that this part of downtown Baltimore is an authentic December destination.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 27, 2009
A s post-Thanksgiving shopping sprees turn into melees and retailers count down the "buying days" until Christmas, Peter E. Dans, author of "Christians in the Movies," is happy to provide some holiday-viewing suggestions that are simultaneously entertaining and spiritual. Dans, an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, previously wrote "Doctors in the Movies: Boil the Water and Just Say Aah!" He writes and talks about films from a devout perspective that is good-humored and individualistic.
NEWS
Jacques Kelly | December 6, 2013
I was not prepared for the sheer candlepower of Harbor East when I went in search of some early Christmas spirit this week. Moving along Albemarle Street, where the holiday lights burned hot and bright, I made some mental comparisons with the old Howard Street and its department stores. Hands down, Harbor East outperformed the staid department stores. The place had a nighttime energy - and the circle at President Street reminded me of a kind of Times Square bustle. The traffic was maddening but there was no getting away from the reality that this part of downtown Baltimore is an authentic December destination.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | December 20, 1991
We were in Hamilton, for many the hub of the Land of Pleasant Living, and suddenly we knew that Christmas would really happen. We had had doubts.In this year of recession -- with the population engaged in acts of mopery, with consumers keeping their fingers wrapped tightly about dollars, with a whining president and at least one fretful governor desperately imploring shoppers to spend us out of this mess -- we had doubts. We didn't expect to see ye olde Christmas Spirit wearing anything splashy this season.
NEWS
By James Bock | December 25, 1991
It was the oddest of places -- and maybe the best of places -- for a 7-year-old to spend part of Christmas Eve: on the hospital ward where her 3-year-old sister died three months before.What brought Kristy Clutts and her family to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center yesterday was grief over the death of a child -- and it is a story of the Christmas spirit, the spirit of giving.It began one Saturday morning in August when Amy Clutts, a pixie of a 3-year-old, began vomiting in her sleep at home in Parkville.
NEWS
By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | December 17, 1993
Rob "The Drumming Pastor" Lamp will bang his drums on stage tonight at Howard Community College during his church's annual Christmas extravaganza.This is the 10th year that he and others in the 400-member Valley Brook Community Church have held the seasonal event."
NEWS
By Staff report | November 27, 1991
If you're looking for some Christmas spirit, holiday decorating ideas, or just some relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the season, look no farther than the Carroll County Farm Museum.The 19th-century farm will open its doors Saturday for its annual Christmas tour, this year based on Clement C. Moore's 1822 classic, "Twas the Night Before Christmas.""This is sort of everybody's fantasy (about) what you're going toget for Christmas," said Dottie Freeman, Farm Museum administrative assistant.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
John Ragan concedes that he is neither computer-savvy nor very much interested in using the Internet. "I'm not an Internet-surfing kind of guy," the 30-year-old carpenter said recently. But it was his occasional foray onto MarylandWhitetail.com that prompted Ragan to put a classified ad on the hunting-based website, offering to sell all of his bowhunting equipment for the $600 he figured he needed to buy Christmas presents for his family. Ragan, who grew up in Baltimore and now lives in Westminster with his wife and their two children, 12-year-old son Trenton and 9-year-old daughter Hayley, needed the money after he was laid off from a few sub-contracting jobs in recent months because of the economy.
NEWS
December 29, 2011
I recently read about the people who paid for others' Christmas gifts on layaway ("Donating thousands, 'layaway angels' land in Maryland," Dec. 22). It made my heart glad knowing we still have people who show their love and compassion for others instead of thinking only of themselves. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all could show others love and compassion not just at Christmas, but throughout the entire year? Love conquers all. Let's show others the true meaning of love each and every day. Timothy Modlin
EXPLORE
December 21, 2011
It's Christmas and the song of the season that first pops into my head shouldn't be Elvis Presley crooning "Blue Christmas. " But it is, even though I'm not blue at all. Far from it, but that's the only Christmas song I can think of whenever I drive through downtown Havre de Grace. The only other words that come to mind are: "Attention, Kmart shoppers, the Blue Light Special…" It's Christmas and the song of the season that first pops into my head shouldn't be Elvis Presley crooning "Blue Christmas.
EXPLORE
November 30, 2011
The shop windows in Havre de Grace are decked out for the holiday season, just in time for the city's Light Up Night tonight, Dec. 2. "Light Up Night" kicks off the holiday season today (Friday) at 6 p.m. with Santa arriving in style, cruising on a Susquehanna Hose Company truck up St. John Street to Washington Street. It is one of several events planned in the greater Havre de Grace area over the coming weeks. Experience the Winter Wonderland sponsored by the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce with lights throughout downtown and the lighting of the City's Christmas tree donated by the Havre de Grace Masons, Susquehanna Lodge 130. Enjoy the talents of the Havre de Grace High School Warrior Marching Band and the Havre de Grace Middle School Band.
BUSINESS
By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2009
Peggy Poisal's friends are less taken aback at the interior of her home than the casual visitor, whose first reaction tends to be a gasp of wonder, followed by an overwhelming desire to take everything in at one fast turn of the head. A fire roars in a fireplace decorated with garland, fruit and stockings. The mantel is dressed with more flourishes of garland along with two small lighted topiaries at either end. A covered radiator in front of the living room window is a showplace of wooden folk art Santas and angels.
NEWS
By Barbara "BJ" Lincoln | December 18, 2009
Another holiday season is upon us, and the battle is joined. For most of our young nation's life December has been all about Christmas, the Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. In my youth, I was not aware of other holidays sharing the same space - and only vaguely aware of other religions. It was a time to think of others less fortunate, giving our time to those in need and being kinder to my brothers as well as strangers. I lived in a country that welcomed everyone seeking a better life than the one they had in their country.
NEWS
By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,sun reporter | January 5, 2007
The Companions of St. Anthony in Ellicott City hope that four decorated trees, three Nativity scenes, a warm fire and a chance to relax will help kindle the Christmas spirit a little longer. The group of Franciscan friars will offer all of those things at an open house at the Shrine of St. Anthony on Folly Quarter Road from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, which will be followed by a prayer for world peace. Another open house specifically for senior citizens is planned for noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
NEWS
By Rafael Alvarez | December 26, 1991
Christmas Day broke cold and quiet over the Baltimore waterfront, and by 9 a.m., as church bells heralding the birth of Christ rang out from Mount Winans to Cedonia, the sun began to break through clouds hanging over an old broom factory off the corner of Boston and Baylis streets.It was 39 degrees; the harbor lay calm, and the streets were empty except for a few sea gulls and a long-haired young man walking with a guitar across his back and no coat.Up on the green hill that is Patterson Park, Bob Griffith walked Cagney, an Irish setter who awoke Christmas morn to a stocking filled with dog cookies.
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