‘No More Parties’: Mexico’s Piñata Makers Badly Bruised by Pandemic

The piñata industry, dependent on social gatherings, has seen sales plummet. Some artisans, in a creative bid to survive, have added coronavirus figures to their lineups of superheros and princesses.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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1895: Wretched Weather Mars Christmas in London

Rain, snow and driving sleet hit the British capital 125 years ago, though a program offering poor children a hamper of holiday foods was a bright spot.

#christmas, #international-herald-tribune, #london-england

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New York’s Pandemic Christmas: Muted Cheer, but Some Stick to Traditions

Bus terminals and train stations were all but empty and restaurant owners said business was slow. Still, the city’s resilience was evident.

#christmas, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-warnings

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Images of Light: Christmas Services Penetrate Darkness Around the World

Despite the pandemic, Christmas traditions endure, shedding some brightness in a gloomy season.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church, #south-korea

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Pope Francis Makes Christmas Appeal for Nations to Share Covid-19 Vaccines

The pope made his remarks from inside the Vatican instead of before large crowds on St. Peter’s Square, as Christians around the world scaled back or reimagined Christmas traditions.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis

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Scenes From a Pandemic Holiday Road Trip

Scenes from a holiday season that shone bright in dark times.

#arizona, #asheville-nc, #christmas, #hanukkah, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #maryland, #memphis-tenn, #nashville-tenn, #new-mexico, #pennsylvania, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #road-trips, #texas, #united-states, #utah

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Silly Season: How British Pantomime Looks From Across the Pond

Thanks to streaming, two American critics got to binge a bunch of the traditional holiday spectacles. They’re amused, and confused, by what they saw.

#belgrade-theater-theater-co, #christmas, #cinderella-live-play, #dick-whittington-play, #great-britain, #jack-and-the-beanstalk-play, #national-theater-of-scotland, #oh-yes-we-are-play, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rapunzel-play, #royal-national-theater, #the-fairytale-revolution-play, #the-snow-queen-play, #theater

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For Christmas, Pastors Offer Comfort and Joy in a Somber Season

“The darkness seems pretty dark at the moment,” said one minister, who will preach about hope in the face of fear.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ministers-protestant, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states

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Why Virtual Religious Services Aren’t Enough

Virtual services are inadequate — but I keep going.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #protestant-churches, #zoom-video-communications

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The Forgotten Radicalism of Jesus Christ

First-century Christians weren’t prepared for what a truly inclusive figure he was, and what was true then is still true today.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #empathy, #jesus-christ, #lincoln-abraham

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How the Virus Stole Christmas

For immigrant families from India, the holidays come closest to the long, riotous wedding seasons in the homeland.

#children-and-childhood, #christmas, #christmas-trees, #dahl-roald, #delhi-india, #gifts, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #london-england, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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How Did Mistletoe Get Into the Treetops?

Before someone hung it up in your home, some animal had to get it into the canopies where it thrives to this day.

#american-naturalist-the-journal, #christmas, #evolution-biology, #mammals, #mistletoe, #research, #trees-and-shrubs, #your-feed-science

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A Covid Christmas Comes to Bethlehem

Every Christmas, the quiet West Bank town of Bethlehem becomes a bustling hub for pilgrims, tourists and dignitaries. Not this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jesus-christ, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #west-bank

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Dear Santa, Why Are You Behind Plexiglass?

All over the country, the annual Christmas ritual for children looks and feels different this year.

#children-and-childhood, #christmas, #delaware, #new-jersey, #north-pole, #pennsylvania, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #santa-claus, #shopping-centers-and-malls

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A Middle-Aged Christmas

The meaning of Christmas nostalgia in the middle of life’s journey.

#books-and-literature, #capra-frank-jr, #children-and-childhood, #christmas, #dickens-charles, #douthat-ross-g, #gibson-kirk, #gifts, #poetry-and-poets, #tartt-donna, #thomas-dylan

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Christmas Eve Brings Blizzard Warnings for Midwest

Forecasters predict blizzards in the Midwest. Freezing temperatures in the South. Flooding and power outages in the Northeast. And maybe tornadoes in Florida.

#christmas, #east-coast-us, #eversource-energy, #jacksonville-fla, #knoxville-tenn, #midwestern-states-us, #national-weather-service, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #weather

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Meet the People Who Can’t Bring You ‘Messiah’ This Year

Listen as nine performers guide you through the emotional arc of Handel’s classic, from comfort to grief to jubilation.

#brackett-luthien, #burton-dashon, #christmas, #classical-music, #giebler-brian, #greenleaf-jolle, #handel-george-frederick, #harvey-joelle, #messiah-musical-work, #miller-joe-conductor, #mobley-reginald, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tritle-kent, #woody-jonathan

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The Department Store That Does Holiday Cheer Like No Other

With its fanciful window displays and winter grotto, Macy’s has long been synonymous with Christmas in New York.

#christmas, #herald-square-manhattan-ny, #macys-inc, #parades, #santa-claus, #santaland, #shopping-and-retail

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How New Yorkers Are Coping with Holidays Alone

For many in New York City, their pandemic-imposed loneliness has been even more pronounced during the holiday season.

#christmas, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #jamaica-queens-ny, #loneliness, #midwood-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day, #throgs-neck-bronx-ny

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Plants, Piano and Takeout: How New Yorkers Are Coping with Holidays Alone

For many in New York City, their pandemic-imposed loneliness has been even more pronounced during the holiday season.

#christmas, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #jamaica-queens-ny, #loneliness, #midwood-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day, #throgs-neck-bronx-ny

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The Virus That Stole Most of 2020 Now Steals Christmas, Too

Across Italy and beyond, those who lost loved ones this year had looked forward to a holiday with the rest of their friends and relatives. But for many, it’s not to be.

#christmas, #conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #grandparents, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional

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For Millions of Jobless, Christmas Is a Season to Endure, Not Celebrate

Even with new federal aid on the way, many Americans face a holiday of tough choices, trying to celebrate while dealing with pressing needs.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #personal-finances, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Have Yourself a Lonely Little Christmas

I’ve spent many a holiday by myself. And you know what? It can be absolutely thrilling.

#christmas, #new-year, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states

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A Choir Tries to Keep Its Christmas Tradition Alive

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, spent months rehearsing for its Christmas Eve service, which is broadcast worldwide. Its hope was to perform it live.

#cambridge-england, #choir-of-kings-college, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hyde-daniel

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Zosia Mamet’s Week: Log Cabin Living

The former “Girls” star, who played a mordantly comic lawyer in “The Flight Attendant,” spends her days at the barn and her nights with David Sedaris and Meryl Streep.

#christmas, #content-type-personal-profile, #girls-tv-program, #hbo-max, #horses, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #mamet-zosia, #television, #the-flight-attendant-tv-program

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Can We Talk About the Mom in ‘A Christmas Story’?

The woman hasn’t had a hot meal in 15 years and she’s always cooped up at home. 2020 is the year to give this character from a classic holiday movie her due.

#a-christmas-story-movie, #christmas, #dillon-melinda-1939, #movies

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Looking for Light on the Longest Night of the Year

Monday is the winter solstice. The next day will be brighter, and the next day will be brighter still.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #hanukkah, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seasons-and-months, #winter-season

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Christmas Without Music? Churches Are Finding a Way

At churches like St. James in Louisville, Ky., services this Christmas will not have in-person choirs or orchestras. But music directors are finding ways to persevere.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #louisville-ky, #music, #musical-instruments, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Pastor, Can White Evangelicalism Be Saved?

A conversation about Christmas and faith’s role in building a “beloved community.”

#bible, #christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #food-insecurity, #poverty, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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14 Largely Skeptical, Somewhat Unconventional Holiday Songs

Hear tracks by U.S. Girls, 100 gecs, Big Freedia and more.

#100-gecs-music-group, #big-freedia, #cara-alessia, #charly-bliss-music-group, #christmas, #edwards-paulbirdmusician, #flo-milli-rapper, #jacklin-julia-1990, #manuelle-victor, #moore-mandy, #oconnell-finneas, #parx-tayla, #pop-and-rock-music, #porche-corey, #pup-music-group, #rap-and-hip-hop, #remy-meg-us-girls, #smith-sam-1992, #trischka-tony, #ulven-marie-girl-in-red

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Better Than Besties: Why Gay Holiday Films Matter

This season’s movies with queer characters may be a largely chaste affair, but their comforting formulas also tell L.G.B.T.Q. viewers that they are seen.

#a-new-york-christmas-wedding-movie, #christmas, #dashing-in-december-movie, #happiest-season-movie, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #letters-to-satan-claus-movie, #movies, #the-christmas-house-movie, #the-christmas-setup-movie

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A Chicken Dish That Makes It Feel Like Christmas

When Nik Sharma left Mumbai for Ohio years ago, he had to leave his family’s holiday celebration behind too. Now he recreates one of his favorite dishes, chicken cafreal, in his own kitchen.

#christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #india, #potatoes, #poultry

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Christmas Is Coming. Cue the Guilt Trips and Tears.

Thanksgiving gatherings were upended by the pandemic. With Christmas upon us, families are having another round of fraught conversations about in-person celebrations.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #holiday-gatherings, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day

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Mariah! Dolly! Carrie! 2020 Can’t Quarantine This Cheer

Pop stars try to pull off a Christmas spectacular in tough times, with three sparkly but heartfelt specials now on streaming services.

#a-holly-dolly-christmas-tv-program, #apple-tv-plus, #carey-mariah, #cbs-corporation, #christmas, #country-music, #hbo-max, #mariah-careys-magical-christmas-special-tv-program, #my-gift-a-christmas-special-from-carrie-underwood-tv-program, #parton-dolly, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television, #underwood-carrie

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Holiday Lights Go Big This Year

In this upended holiday season, Americans are decorating their rooflines and yards with gusto as a way to demand some cheer from a gloomy year.

#christmas, #dutchess-county-ny, #dyker-heights-brooklyn-ny, #guinness-world-records, #lighting, #montclair-nj, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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In a Tough Year, a Nativity Scene ‘That Has Had Problems’

The Vatican’s Nativity scene this year has prompted much criticism — and some head-scratching.

#ceramics-and-pottery, #christmas, #francis, #italy, #nativity-scene, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #vatican-city

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You’re Choosing a Gift. Here’s What Not to Do.

Many of our natural impulses turn out to be wrong. Psychological research can help us choose wisely.

#christmas, #gift-cards-and-certificates, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #research

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How Much Dyker Heights Christmas Light Displays Cost

Nine snowflakes, eight penguins, five angels and three life-size Nutcrackers. “I spend several thousand dollars — at the least — each year.”

#christmas, #dyker-heights-brooklyn-ny, #holidays-and-special-occasions

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Dear Santa: It’s Been a Hard Year

In 23,000 letters addressed to the North Pole, collected through a U.S. Postal Service program, wish lists from children across the nation reflect the strain of this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #letters, #loneliness, #parenting, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #santa-claus, #toys, #unemployment, #usps-operation-santa-claus

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How to Use Science to Give Good Gifts

Many of our natural impulses turn out to be wrong. Psychological research can help us choose wisely.

#christmas, #gift-cards-and-certificates, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #research

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Johnson Resists ‘Canceling’ Christmas in U.K. to Stem Coronavirus

Britain’s prime minister has stuck by a pledge to lift restrictions on gatherings between Dec. 23 and 27 despite growing calls to keep the measures in place as cases surge.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Modern Love Podcast: A Holiday Lesson About Desire

This holiday season, it’s OK to want more.

#books-and-literature, #christmas, #dating-and-relationships, #foster-care, #love-emotion, #mclain-paula

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No Scrooge Here: Johnson Resists ‘Canceling’ Christmas to Stem Coronavirus

Britain’s prime minister has stuck by a pledge to lift restrictions on gatherings between Dec. 23 and 27 despite growing calls to do so as cases surge.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Newest Pandemic Shortage and Price Spike: Christmas Trees

Christmas tree vendors in New York say they have seen a rush of customers eager for a sense of comfort in a year of constant turbulence.

#christmas, #national-christmas-tree-assn, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Finding More Than Humbug in Scrooge and Company

This year a critic (and fan) of “A Christmas Carol” finds it especially resonant as a “timely study of what it truly means to be a decent person in a community.”

#a-christmas-carol-play, #christmas, #dickens-charles, #estella-scrooge-play, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater

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In a Hard Year, Families Find Joy in Real Christmas Trees

Bell’s Christmas Trees in Accord, N.Y., closed early this month after its customers, worn down by the pandemic and looking for a safe family activity, bought out its entire inventory.

#accord-ny, #agriculture-and-farming, #christmas, #christmas-trees, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #trees-and-shrubs

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Holiday Theater to Stream

Stream productions of reimagined fairy tales and Christmas standards like ‘A Christmas Carol’ being staged at theaters around the world.

#a-christmas-carol-play, #christmas, #cinderella-ballet, #fairy-tales, #hanukkah, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater

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16 Delightful Cooking Projects to Brighten Up the Holidays

If you’ve got time on your hands, these recipes are a joy to make.

#bakeries-and-baked-products, #christmas, #content-type-service, #cookies, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #pasta, #tamales

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Silent Night: Scenes of a Pandemic Christmas

Photographers around the country captured how the pandemic has brought many hectic holiday traditions to a halt.

#christmas, #e-commerce, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

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Germany Locks Down Ahead of Christmas as Coronavirus Deaths Rise

Stores and schools will be closed, and public and private meetings will be restricted over the holidays, in an effort to bring down coronavirus infections and deaths.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #europe, #germany, #merkel-angela, #new-year, #quarantines, #scholz-olaf-1958, #shutdowns-institutional, #soder-markus

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