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Judge reverses jury’s decision regarding massive Christmas display in Hayden

A court decision that should have netted North Idaho couple Jeremy and Kristy Morris $75,000 after a jury found a Hayden homeowner’s association engaged in religious discrimination is looking a …


Spokane, Boy Scouts picking up fresh-cut Christmas trees

Spokane area residents have about a week and a half to dispose of their fresh-cut Christmas trees before the city’s and the Boy Scouts’ Christmas tree pickup programs end.


George Nethercutt: Christmas movies offer reason for living a good life

Perhaps Christmas movies that celebrate love or the triumph of faith over distress, are, in their own way, perpetuating the Christian message.


Ammi Midstokke: Remedies for the Christmas Crash

Christmas, by far, is the most manic of the holidays. In a strange sort of bipolar roller coaster of stress and gluttony, of joy and relatives, wrapping then unwrapping, we …


The Full Suburban: For better or worse, chaos creates magic

Being a mom during the holidays is a bit of a thankless job. For reference, here are a few of the things that I dealt with in the days leading …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 5:05 p.m.

Lewiston family finds man inside their home in armed Christmas burglary

A man is accused of spoiling a Lewiston family’s holiday plans after allegedly burglarizing their home Christmas day and attacking them with a wooden lamp when confronted.


Christians quietly mark Christmas in Muslim-majority Pakistan

The message of Christmas had special resonance this season among Pakistani Christians, an old but often persecuted minority of about 3 million in a country of 208 million that is …


Camp fire survivors get Christmas pardons

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Christmas Eve granted her a pardon for her 1999 drug conviction, a mercy that made her feel as if the state recognized how far she’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 25, 2018, 3:49 p.m.

Queen Elizabeth II riffs on wisdom, family’s busy year

Queen Elizabeth II wove personal reflections into the latest edition of her annual Christmas message, saying she hoped her long life brought a measure of wisdom and noting her grandchildren’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Displaced family focuses on silver lining after Christmas morning house fire in Logan Neighborhood

P.J. Farrell had a lot to look forward to on Christmas morning. Getting home, waking up his kids, seeing the excitement wash away the tired in their eyes, and watching …


Slugs, emojis, narwhals – you name it – Spokane’s Old World Christmas makes the glass ornament you never knew you wanted

Old World Christmas is nearly 40 years old and remains in Spokane four years after the founders sold the company. It still creates hundreds of different glass ornaments, which are …


Pastor Walter Kendricks: Hope found in the Miracle

The Christmas season has become a commercialized event, beginning with Thanksgiving Day, finding its culmination with the ushering in of a New Year. Tucked away between these two days, obscured …


Michael Gerson: This Christmas, like every Christmas, a gift of hope

This year at Christmas, I can only manage to catch glimpses of a star, to hear fragments of a song, to see the outlines of a face. But it is …


Shawn Vestal: The birth of Jesus reminds us we should provide shelter in our community

And I’m hoping that we, as a community, as a people, can hold in our hearts a sense of their humanity, of our shared humanity with them, and not retreat …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

How we created a Christmas card for our readers

Every holiday season, we like to surprise our readers with a Christmas card from The Spokesman-Review staff.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 6:41 p.m.

Paul Turner: This Christmas, bequeath a legacy of love

Sometimes the best gifts, the things that stay with us long after Christmas, are memories.


National Christmas Tree will be lit again after donations save it from darkness during shutdown

The National Christmas Tree that sits behind the White House will be reopened to the public on Monday after becoming an unfortunate totem of Washington’s political dysfunction when it went …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Biblical city of Bethlehem boasts largest Christmas in years

Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the biblical West Bank city’s largest Christmas celebrations in years.


John Kass: Oh, holy night

For everyone who keeps hold on what is important about this very special night.


Getting There: Ever wonder how Santa logs all those miles in a night?

Christmas is upon us, and on this eve of all eves, there is just one question on everyone’s mind: What kind of rig does the man in red drive?


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Gonzaga’s international players find holiday cheer with assist from assistant coach Tommy Lloyd

Some Gonzaga basketball players probably set sprinting records dashing through the airport early Saturday morning to catch flights home. But several Zags, including four international players, won’t get called for …


Holiday treasures: Favorite ornaments remind us of loved ones and special times

These trinkets are well-loved, even if – in some cases – only the memory of them remains.


Santa Claus continues decades-old tradition of visits to Spokane malls

The technology and requests may be different than they were at the old Crescent or Bon Marche department stores, but children still line up every year to bend the ear …


Finding Christmas spirit, joy in Bavaria

We have found Christmas spirit and joy distilled to its purest forms, and you can find it, too. All it takes is a trip to Germany.


Holiday travel numbers expected to hit a record high; snow possible in low-lying areas of Eastern Washington

The trade group AAA estimates a 4.4 percent increase in holiday travel nationwide this year compared to 2017, and weather conditions are expected to be wet and potentially snowy in …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 6:49 a.m.

Rob Curley: Embracing the myth of ‘Silver Bells’

“Did you know that when Bing Crosby wrote ‘Silver Bells,’ he wrote it after hearing the Salvation Army’s bells while here in Spokane during Christmas?” Or not.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

A floral foam company is paying it workers average holiday bonuses of $14,000

The average holiday bonus in 2017 – among workers who actually get them – was about $1,800, according to one survey of accountants. But a floral foam maker based in …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

Sing with Bing: A playlist of favorite Bing Crosby holiday tunes

We all know the image: A smiling Bing Crosby, wearing a Santa hat and a bow tie of holly leaves, looking out at us from a snow-white background. It’s the …


Front Porch: Making eye contact connects generations

Like so many of us, I find myself feeling sentimental and reflective at this time of year. More than the Christmas lights and carols, visits with friends and relatives and …


Paul Turner: Here’s some help for parents of Santa doubters

Some little kids are so skeptical of Santa. No matter how much compelling evidence you offer, they have doubts. They make a face.