November 24, 2011
The holiday season is upon us. Why stay in this Christmas when there's so much to do? Quit roasting chestnuts and get old Jack Frost off your nose. Bundle up, pack your overnight bag and take a quick trip. We've found some of the best places in and around Maryland to tour, learn, shop, eat, play and more. Maryland Winterfest of Lights, through Jan.1, Ocean City . Board the Winterfest Express train and join in song with Christmas carols, while passing by spectacular lighted displays.
December 19, 2002
It may not have the height or celebrity of the Rockefeller Center tree in New York City, but the National Christmas Tree in Washington has something that the New York spruce doesn't. It's got the Washington Monument to its south, the White House to its north and a festive "Pathway of Peace" encircling it. Visitors can see the National Christmas Tree up-close now through Jan. 1 at the Ellipse during the annual "Christmas Pageant of Peace," which also features nightly live music or dance, except Dec. 24-25.
December 23, 2001
For more than four decades, viewing the holiday light display at the Hargrove house has been a Christmas tradition for thousands of Southern Maryland families. But last December, Earl C. Hargrove Jr. said he was decorating his Harwood farm for the last time. The Sept. 11 attacks prompted a change of heart. "We just felt that this wasn't a good year not to decorate," said Hargrove, whose company has decorated the National Christmas Tree since 1954. "I think people wanted to see what folks like us would do."
November 29, 2001
WASHINGTON - President Bush will be the host of holiday celebrations, but skip the over-the-top party season favored by his recent predecessors. Vice President Dick Cheney will throw a few bashes, but cancel if the Secret Service decides to send him to an undisclosed secure location. Tourists will see the White House decorations on television, but never in person. The public will be allowed to attend the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, but only after passing through metal detectors.
December 5, 1999
Here's the question of the season: Fir, pine or spruce?Americans will buy more than 32 million Christmas trees this season, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. The trees will cost $28 each, on average, with most purchased from retail lots, industry officials estimate.That means millions of consumers will once again become amateur foresters sorting through the various specimens of evergreens to choose the variety that is perfect for their home.But just what are the differences between a Scotch pine and a Colorado Blue spruce, other than geography?
December 10, 1998
Until the very moment that the Rev. Dr. Deborah J. Johnson stepped to the microphone last night to bless the national Christmas tree, she had never spoken her prayer aloud.She had thought about it, of course. She had to. Thirty seconds she had been told, advised, reminded, warned. Thirty seconds, no more, no less.It wasn't the blessing's time-limit that concerned her, however. She thought about it long and hard because she thinks about all her prayers long and hard. This is a woman who truly knows the meaning of epiphany.