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Present day: Several hundred merrymakers await the arrival of Santa Claus at River Park Square  in downtown Spokane on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Over the past century, the arrival of Santa Claus was often sponsored or organized by the Spokane Chamber of Commerce’s Retail Trade Bureau, later called the Central Business Association and the Downtown Spokane Association, even though each department stores had their own Santa Claus. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016

Then and Now: Downtown Spokane Christmas

A life-size Santa statue in a Philadelphia store in 1841 is said to have spawned the tradition of live Santa Claus characters at stores, malls and special events. As Christmas was rejuvenated with the Santa craze, the jolly old elf quickly became a marketing vehicle. In Spokane, it had fallen to the Chamber of Commerce to promote downtown Christmas shopping since the organization’s start in 1897. In 1917, the Retail Trade Bureau was launched to organize retailers for seasonal events and downtown beautification.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016



A vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner, in Concord, N.H., is shown in this Oct. 15, 2012, file photo. (Matthew Mead / AP)

SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016, 6:30 A.M.

Paul Lindholdt: Instead of feeling threatened by vegetarians, try practicing tolerance

One day you’re likely to find a vegetarian on your porch; it might be a sibling, daughter, grandson, parent, friend or would-be lover. You might complain the diet is a pretense and a sham, a selfish rebellion, a mockery of practices that the rest of you hold dear. You might try to starve the rebel, humiliate or coerce her to compliance. Consider these alternatives instead.

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