December 23, 2012
We've had the annual Christmas parade and tree lighting in Bel Air and the similar Christmas Street and parade celebrations in Aberdeen and Havre de Grace, which drew their usual hardy crowds seeking early December doses of holiday cheer. Festivals of trees, holiday bazaars, athletic events with Christmas themes, greens sales and open houses have been so numerous in Harford County that it would be all but impossible for a single person to attend them all. Perryville and Port Deposit similarly have seen their traditional crowds for a slew of holiday events.
January 17, 2012
Congratulations to all who have survived Christmas despite the hazards of excessive eating and drinking, or prolonged exposure to family members. Today, December 26, is the second of the twelve days of Christmas. It is also, in British tradition, Boxing Day. The origins of the term are in dispute. It was probably not a day to return purchased presents. It may have been the day on which the wealthy gave their servants a Christ box of gifts and the day off. One explanation is that gifts from the charity box in church were distributed.
December 27, 2011
All the presents have been opened; wrapping paper is strewn all over the house. The dog is wearing a large shiny bow, courtesy of the kids; while the cat has one end of a piece of curling ribbon hanging out of her mouth and the other end hanging out her … elsewhere. The joyful voices of happy children emanate from the next room. They're arguing over whose turn it is to play the new video game or hollering, "Quit it! Give me back my new (fill in the blank) or I'm gonna tell!" Good times.
December 22, 2011
It is that time of year when all levels of government attempt to convince us that there is no Christmas holiday. That this is simply a winter thing. What a joke. Like the appearance of or the mention of a religious symbol somewhere in, on or near a public building will some how create a religion. If these people want to be taken seriously they would not close schools, government offices, etc. during this winter thing. Fortunately, most citizens see this for what it is, stupid. And, to all, including those in charge, a very Merry Christmas.
December 13, 2011
All I want for Christmas is a black-and-white "Glee" holiday special .. .and a purple Christmas tree. This year, Gleeks were treated to a show within a show. The glee kids, because of some cancellation of a yuletide log special on a local channel, are asked to delight the citizens of Lima with some Christmas carols. Mercedes kicks off the episode with "All I Want for Christmas is You," which, I'll admit, is my favorite Christmas song. Sorry, Nat King Cole, no offense to your chestnuts or anything, but I can't help but smile and rock around the Christmas tree to Mariah Carey.
December 28, 2010
Boy, what a pleasant surprise when I picked my Baltimore Sun on Sunday morning and read Ross Mackenzie's op-ed, "To congressional Democrats: Merry Christmas and thanks for nothing" (Dec. 26). I agree with virtually every word Mr. Mackenzie wrote in his letter to the Pelosi/Reid Congress. I would like to add my Maryland's Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Sen. Benjamin Cardin and Rep. Elijah Cummings to his list to let them know that I do not agree with or appreciate with their wrong spirited actions in a lame duck Congress.