| Dec 25, 2013
| 3:00 AM
PASO ROBLES, Calif. — The host was a good cook, famous for his mashed potatoes. No — not potatoes. Beans. Baked beans. That was it. Brooke Mayo held a finger to her cheek. "Old age is getting to me," she said at last.
The images of that...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 3:46 PM
From a beer-can Festivus pole in the Florida capitol to garish displays at neighborhood homes that trigger complaints about traffic jams, 'tis the season for some folks to get bent out of shape over the way others express their holiday (or irreligious)...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Amid the love and ripped shrink-wrap plastic of Christmas, my 7-month-old great nephew, Joey, sat contentedly gumming the cardboard label on a stuffed pink elephant he'd been given -- his grin piercing the excesses of the season that lay crumpled all...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 9:31 AM
For Christmas Eve, Pop & Hiss offers up a selection of offbeat holiday albums guaranteed to break up the monotony of the same-old, same-old holiday songs and arrangements being piped into malls and over the airwaves of Yuletide-music centered radio...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 2:00 AM
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...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 1:52 PM
Here's a good topic for your Christmas gathering with family and friends:
What is the most annoying Christmas song ever?
I'll vote for either the mawkish "Christmas Shoes" or the aggravatingly jaunty "Feliz Navidad." Others might choose "Santa Baby,"...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 5:43 AM
Big box retailers and department stores like Toys "R" Us and Kohl's will offer more consecutive store hours than ever before in anticipation of Christmas this year.
Kohl’s stores will be open for more than 100 hours straight, beginning at 6 a.m....
| Dec 22, 2013
| 11:09 AM
"The sun is shining, the grass is green, the orange and palm trees sway." That's how the introduction to Irving Berlin's holiday anthem "White Christmas" begins; it concludes with the thought that the writer is longing "to be up North."
| Dec 21, 2013
Dear Amy: My parents live in another state. They graciously mailed my 7-year-old daughter some Hanukkah presents. One of these presents was a shirt with a character on it that I happen to know my daughter hates.
To her credit, my daughter's response...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 4:47 PM
As a player in the Black Power and civil rights movements of the 1960s, even at only 25 years old, Maulana Karenga was concerned about legacy. He wanted to leave behind something that would both celebrate the accomplishments of his people and challenge...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 4:22 PM
Celebrate the Festival of Lights Saturday with a concert by Yosi. Israeli-born children's recording artist Yosi Levin presents classic and original Hanukkah songs with a rock ’n’ roll feel, from a non-traditional take on the traditional ...