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Stories tagged: christmas

Tips to make the best of post-holiday shopping

Shoppers can take advantage of fatter discounts on clothing, home decor and other items after Christmas and well into January.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

Christmas is over. Here’s how to get rid of your tree

The city is offering free curbside pickup of discarded Christmas trees. Residents who celebrated the holiday with fresh-cut trees can leave them beside their trash and recycling bins on regularly …

Amazon says holiday shopping broke records this year Inc. said its holiday season this year was “record breaking” with billions of items shipped and “tens of millions” of Amazon devices like the Echo Dot sold.

10 injured in Pierce County crash

Ten people were injured in a Christmas evening collision in Pierce County.

New Mexico police investigate killing of 4 on Christmas Day

Police in New Mexico on Thursday were investigating the shooting of four people found dead on Christmas Day in a home in a suburb of Albuquerque.

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

Christmas typhoon leaves 20 dead in Philippines

A strong typhoon that barreled through the central Philippines left at least 20 people dead and forced thousands to flee their homes, devastating Christmas celebrations in the predominantly Catholic country.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

Pipefitters pitch in on Christmas to support Meals on Wheels

A family gathered in the kitchen around hot turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables and stuffing Wednesday morning but no one was eating. The family – members of the Local 44 Plumbers …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

Pope offers hope against darkness in Christmas Day message

Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to …

JFK letter promising Santa safe during Cold War on display

In the throes of the Cold War, the Soviet Union was planning to test a massive nuclear bomb in the Arctic Circle. But in a letter to then-President John F. …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

Do Washington residents like eggnog? Do they prefer turkey or ham for Christmas?

Two new maps created with geotagged Twitter data by cooking site

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Gonzaga’s international contingent finds home away from home for the holidays

Traveling to see family for Christmas is commonplace. Whether it be across town or across the country, families make it work.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Officer creates Christmas ‘investigation’ for neighbor, 3

A Mississippi police officer created a Christmas caper for her preschool neighbor to investigate

Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year

Pope Francis is celebrating Christmas Eve Mass in a packed St. Peter’s Basilica

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Home for the holidays: Prince Philip leaves hospital

Prince Philip was released from a London hospital Tuesday after being treated for what Buckingham Palace called a “pre-existing condition.”

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Trump calls troops ahead of Christmas holiday

President Donald Trump is calling members of the military stationed across the world to share greetings ahead of the Christmas holiday. Trump is speaking by video conference with service members …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

The NBA’s showcase day – Christmas – has arrived

The MVP is playing. So are the reigning champions, north of the border.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Thousands mark Christmas in West Bank town of Bethlehem

Thousands of Christian pilgrims on Tuesday flocked to the West Bank town of Bethlehem, celebrating Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Rex Huppke: Of course Santa Claus is real. Who wouldn’t choose to believe in a universal good?

I am, like most reasonable 48-year-old newspaper columnists, hoping St. Nicholas soon will be here. I hope you are as well.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

Stream of cars drives nightly past ‘peeing’ Santa

The drive down South Wilbur Street in Spokane Valley this time of year is pretty bright, with neighbors having decked out their houses with lights, reindeer and Santas. But one …

Local performers provide live music for the Christmas Bureau

A gift of live music is one of the perks the Christmas Bureau provides to recipients who come to get a food vouchers, toys and books for their children. A …

Faith and Values: Jesus challenged religious, political status quo of his time – and ours

When we celebrate Jesus’ birth only as a “Jesus sweet and mild” newborn, we unconsciously dismiss the radically prophetic message his birth and whole life embodied.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 22, 2019

Vanessa Williams performs holiday, pop music potpourri at the Fox

If attendees were expecting a classic and old-fashioned holiday concert by the Spokane Symphony and guest singer Vanessa Williams on Saturday night, they were instead treated to an early Christmas …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Spin Control: Like Santa Claus, Christmas Trivia is coming

In the spirit of the Christmas season, Spin Control stays away from political topics and offers its annual 12 Trivias of Xmas

Notre Dame Cathedral to miss first Christmas in centuries

Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars – a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed.

Grateful recipients shop as Christmas Bureau prepares to close today

Today is the last day for recipients to visit the Christmas Bureau and receive a food voucher for their family and a toy and a book for each child. The …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Clock is ticking to send packages for Christmas

For those with out-of-town relatives, the window is narrowing for shipping packages in time for Christmas, and there’s no longer a way to do it without paying a premium.

Christmas shows are plentiful through the weekend

The countdown to Christmas has begun in earnest, but the area’s lively entertainment scene offers plenty of glittering gifts to unwrap before Santa’s arrival. Here are some holiday highlights.

‘It actually means a lot’: Christmas Bureau donations are helping families in time of need

Christmas is exactly one week away and families continue to arrive at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center where teams of volunteers distribute toys, books and food vouchers all …

Faith and Values: Christmas gifts are are not ends but byproducts of relationship with God

Let the incarnation – God clothed in humanity, born of a virgin – remind us that there is nothing we can do for our salvation, it must be a work …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 15, 2019

Santa Express offers children a grown-up Christmas experience

The shop allows children to look for gifts for their parents, while learning about budgeting with the help of an elf. The tradition now spans multiple generations.