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By Garrison Keillor | December 2, 2009
I n Phoenix, the bougainvillea is blooming red against a landscape of buttes and rocks outside my hotel window and interesting cacti that look like cell phone base stations or Modigliani sculptures. Midwesterners who came here long ago slapped grass down on the desert, hoping to make it more like Indianapolis, but Phoenicians have come to accept aridity. If you enjoy rocks, you will love Arizona. But for me, it's weird to walk outdoors and hear "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" from little speakers hidden among the cacti and "Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh."
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2013
Forget that namby pamby Elf on the Shelf stuff -- if you really want to get your kids to behave at Christmas time, tell them about Krampus. Krampus is a sort of anti-Claus, a horned beast who stuffs bad children in his sack. He brandishes birch branches, rattles chains and spirits away naughty kids to eat them, drown them or take them on a holiday tour of hell.   Krampus' tongue is forked, his hooves cloven, and we can only imagine that his matted fur smells like the remains of last year's Christmas roast.  He makes his first appearances in early German folklore, but seems to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance, as evidenced by this and this and this . From 7 to 9 tonight, Krampus will be terrifying children of all ages at Bazaar,  3534 Chestnut Ave. in Hampden.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
The pizazz of 157 decorated trees sends a joyous message as the doors swing open in a spectacular Christmas display at a children's residential treatment center in Timonium. "It was so much fun for the kids," said floral designer Jake Boone, who continues a holiday tradition established at St. Vincent's Villa by Patricia Breslin Modell, the philanthropist and wife of Ravens owner Art Modell . After her death in October, a group of volunteers continued what she and Boone conceived as a holiday surprise party for the 105 children, aged 14 and under, who live at the Villa, where they receive continuing treatment for emotional and behavioral disabilities.
NEWS
June 8, 2003
On May 26, 2003, ANNA E. CHRISTMAS. Family hour will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 10:00 A.M., at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 1121 W. Lanvale St., Baltimore, Memorial Service to follow at 11 A.M.
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By BRITTANY BAUHAUS | December 21, 2005
Browse through more than 500 holiday cookie recipes on this site. Check out reviews of the best Christmas cookie cookbooks, submit your own recipe or read through forum postings for personal tips and advice about the greatest cookie creations around.
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March 19, 1992
April is the dandiest of months. It is full of renewal. Flowers bloom into a new season, infecting people with the optimism of sunlight. There are chores to be done, for sure, such as cleaning the house and the barbecue grill. But no one minds a bit of extra work because the ups and downs of winter are finally over.Thousands of Marylanders are gearing up for extra work on April 25, when the third annual Christmas in April will take place here. Part of a national drive to aid help needy neighbors in the American barnraising tradition, this year's event will send volunteers, supervised by building professionals, to fix up the houses of scores of homeowners throughout the state.
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By Michael A. MacDonald | December 21, 1995
MOUNT PLEASANT, N.C. -- Last Christmas my son received a delightful Disney tape entitled ''Christmas Around the World.'' In it Santa escorts Mickey around the world, and he learns the customs of various lands, such as singing ''Santa Lucia'' in Sweden and the tradition of ''Las Posadas'' in Mexico.At the end, Santa explains to Mickey that the Christmas spirit means keeping the gifts of peace, joy and friendship in one's heart. He reminds him that we are all the same big family with the same hopes and dreams, and pronounces a benediction of peace on earth -- all year long.
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By Troy McCullough and Troy McCullough,Special to The Sun | December 24, 2007
If you're in Baltimore for the holidays and can't get into the spirit, consider yourself a Grinch -- no city does Christmas like this city. Nearly every neighborhood gets into the act: From modest rowhouses in Highlandtown to large homes in Guilford, lights are strung, lawn displays are erected and an annual decoration overdrive commences. Few cities inject their personalities so effectively into their celebrations as Baltimore does. The Washington Monument serves as the city's official Christmas centerpiece.
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By Chris Kaltenbach At a glance | December 17, 1997
Had enough of Christmas with Kathie Lee? Ready to lose your lunch if forced to watch another reworking of "A Christmas Carol"? Find yourself wishing that, just once, Clarence decided the water was just too cold for him to jump in and save whiny George Bailey?May I suggest you check out Comedy Central tonight?Significant portions of the American viewing public -- for instance, those who offend easily -- should go nowhere near the Christmas episode of the animated, determinedly tasteless "South Park" (10 p.m.-10: 30 p.m.)
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,liz.atwood@baltsun.com | November 30, 2008
The Lump of Coal By Lemony Snicket; illustrated by Brett Helquist Harper Collins / 40 pages / $13 / ages 4-8 "Miracles are like pimples, because once you start looking for them you find more than you ever dreamed you'd see." Such a beginning is not typical for holiday stories, but fans of Lemony Snicket will not be surprised. The author who presented the Series of Unfortunate Events of the Baudelaire children is back with a Christmas story about a lump of coal that dreamed of becoming an artist.
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