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  • Why do we dream of a White Christmas?

    Bing Crosby didn’t have to dream of a white Christmas — he could bank on it. The crooner was from Spokane, a city that is among the most likely to …


  • City sets up for Friday night lights

    Some 30,000 people are expected to attend Friday when Coeur d’Alene launches the holiday season in style. The 18th annual Lighting Ceremony Parade begins at 5 p.m., followed by caroling …


  • CdA prepares for lighting ceremony, festivities

    Coeur d’Alene’s 18th Annual Lighting Ceremony Parade begins at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by caroling and the simultaneous lighting of candles held by thousands of people in the crowd. The …


  • Winter too much for adopted Christmas horse

    Dusty the “Christmas horse” adopted by the Wasson family of Post Falls and featured in the Dec. 25 Voices publications did not survive the unusually snowy winter. Owner Mozelle Callihan …


  • Christmas tree disposal options

    Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to dispose of the tree. There are several ways to do so.


  • Christmas more joyous, and a holiday again in Iraq

    BAGHDAD – Three years ago, a note appeared at Lita Kaseer’s door. It contained a bullet and a one-word message: “Leave.” Kaseer did flee, along with hundreds of other Christian …


  • ‘Mom, you can’t cancel the Christmas Eve service’

    By Wednesday morning, the Rev. Andrea CastroLang considered canceling the Christmas Eve service at Westminster Congregational Church. The soloist already had bowed out. TV news was full of footage of …


  • Obama pays dinnertime visit to base

    KAILUA, Hawaii – President-elect Barack Obama visited military families while they ate Christmas Day dinner, thanking them for their service and posing for pictures. Obama on Thursday visited Marine Corps …


  • Ornaments spark memories of holiday traditions

    In the mid-1960s, when Lila and George Girvin’s four boys were young, Lila’s mother sent her an elaborate “God’s eye” ornament she’d made. God’s eyes – made of yarn woven …


  • Horse helps teach giving spirit

    The holidays evoke generosity in many folks. Each year, organizations like the Christmas Bureau, Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign help make the season enjoyable for …


  • Christmas in Bethlehem peaceful, merry

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank – Christians celebrated Bethlehem’s merriest Christmas in eight years Wednesday, with hotels booked solid, Manger Square bustling with families and Israeli and Palestinian forces cooperating to make …


  • Our View: Sentiment behind ‘merry Christmas’ is universal

    To be honest, it’s a stretch to think these words will be widely read. Not on Christmas, the day that alters behavior and dominates attention in America like nothing else. …


  • Anniversary likely lifesaver for Saddle Up owner

    Christmas is a time of good cheer, a time of renewal, a time when families get together for worship or tradition or both. Bad news isn’t particularly appropriate for the …


  • Yakama Nation gives holiday cash to tribal members

    TOPPENISH, Wash. – The Yakama Nation has given each of its roughly 10,000 tribal members $2,000 to help cover costs at Christmas, a one-time payment from casino profits that equates …


  • Church members dress as Jesus for Christmas

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dressed in flowing robes and thorny crowns, about 400 churchgoers promised their pastor they’d dress like Jesus as a hard-to-miss reminder of the holiday’s religious roots. …


  • Volunteer ardent about Christmas

    It all began as a clerical volunteer job back in 1991, when Patricia Kimmons, 83, decided to volunteer for the Children’s Administration a couple of hours a week. She helped …


  • For kids, it’s easy to believe

    The snow that buried us last week ruined Christmas plans for many families and made life difficult for nearly everyone. But for most kids under 12, the fact they found …


  • Spirit of season shines bright

    Dear Readers: Merry Christmas. How glorious this world would be if we could live each and every day according to Edgar Guest’s sentiments in the following piece: “At Christmas”


  • Pope’s plea: Help children in distress

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Christmas Midnight Mass early today by sending out an appeal for children who are abused, forced to live on the street or serve …


  • Has the weather changed your holiday plans?

    Did you cancel a family gathering or party because of the weather? Postpone one? Are your children or grandkids stranded out of town by icy runways or frightening roads? We’d …


  • ’Tis the season for another test of Christmas knowledge

    We’ve survived the 2008 election, the War on Christmas and the War on the War on Christmas, which can only mean one thing: It must be time for the Spin …


  • Peppermint Crush a festive winter drink

    The winter cocktail menu at the newly refurbished Pyramid Restaurant & Bar in the Fairmont Dallas includes this Christmassy cocktail that’s made even more festive with a frosting of crushed …


  • Taking toy tradition for a holiday spin

    DEER PARK – When 84-year-old Robert Forman spins a small, dented brass top on Christmas Eve, it will move for a matter of seconds. But for Forman, his children, grandchildren …


  • Churches plan special holiday services

    There’s a white Christmas to look forward to this year and Valley churches plan to greet the holiday with special worship services and other events. •A children’s Christmas pageant will …


  • Community helpers

    Volunteers from two local Washington Air National Guard Combat Communications Squadrons got up early Monday to haul away presents donated to the Tree of Sharing from River Park Square, Northtown …


  • Acts of kindness often inspire giving

    Toys and food vouchers given to more than 10,000 needy families through the Christmas Bureau represent thousands of gifts from the community to its poor. Donations to The Spokesman-Review Christmas …


  • Reasons for donating to Christmas Fund vary

    Toys and food vouchers given to more than 10,000 needy families through the Christmas Bureau represent thousands of gifts from the community to its poor. Donations to The Spokesman-Review Christmas …


  • New, longtime volunteers join at Bureau

    Most of the 200 Christmas Bureau volunteers are veterans of the holiday charity. A few, such as Monsignor Frank Bach and Marilee Roloff, have been with the Christmas Bureau for …


  • Christmas Bureau Snapshot: Vera Pivovarevich, daughter Yelena Popov

    Editor’s note: Christmas Bureau recipients come to the bureau for food vouchers, toys and candy. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is collecting recipients’ stories.


  • Bureau adds shelter for those in line

    With arctic temperatures expected through the week, Christmas Bureau organizers have arranged to rent and heat a second building at the Spokane fairgrounds to shelter people waiting in line. “We’ve …

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