Judge John Hodgman on the Neighbors’ Forbidden Fruit

A Christmas gift of pears left on the doorstep creates a dilemma.

#christmas, #comedy-and-humor, #pears

Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines’ CEO, on What Went Wrong

Southwest Airlines’ chief executive, Bob Jordan, said frigid temperatures and mistakes by the company caused its meltdown around Christmas.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #christmas, #computers-and-the-internet, #customer-relations, #delays-transportation, #general-electric-company, #jordan-robert-e-1960, #oliver-wyman-group, #southwest-airlines-company, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states

Family in Ukraine Marks Orthodox Christmas Amid the Ruins of Its Home

Orthodox Christmas came under harsh circumstances in Ukraine this year. For families like the Kovtuns, living next to the remains of their shell-struck home, celebration was an act of defiance.

#christmas, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Attacks Continue in Ukraine Despite Russia’s Supposed Cease-Fire

Ukraine never accepted Russia’s unilateral Christmas truce, dismissing it as a hollow ploy, and Russian shelling was as intense as ever in a hotly contested city.

#bakhmut-ukraine, #christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #kuleba-dmytro, #medvedev-dmitri-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Putin Calls a 36-Hour Cease-Fire, but Ukraine and U.S. Are Skeptical

The cease-fire would coincide with the Eastern Orthodox Christmas on Saturday, but Kremlin adversaries and some analysts call it a ploy for military and political advantage.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christmas, #defense-and-military-forces, #germany, #international-relations, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #weapons, #zelensky-volodymyr

Southwest Stole Christmas. It Still Has Superfans.

It’s been a disastrous week for the budget airline. But its influencers are prepared to defend their brand.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #budget-travel, #christmas, #customer-relations, #delays-transportation, #social-media, #southwest-airlines-company

How to Write a Thank-You Note, Illustrated

After the whirlwind of holiday giving has passed, take some time for gratitude.

#christmas, #content-type-service, #customs-etiquette-and-manners, #hanukkah, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #kwanzaa-celebration, #thank-you-note

Southwest and Other Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights Across the US

The company canceled more than 60 percent of its flights on Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving many travelers stranded.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #christmas, #customer-relations, #delays-transportation, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southwest-airlines-company, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-us, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states

For Sibling Survivors of Club Q Shooting, Holiday Is an Act of Resolve

Charlene and James Slaugh were both wounded at Club Q. Families impacted by hundreds of mass shootings this year face a tough holiday season.

#christmas, #colorado, #colorado-springs-colo, #colorado-springs-shooting-nov-2022, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #mass-shootings

For Newly Arrived New Yorkers, a Chance to Celebrate

A synagogue on the Upper West Side hosted a Christmas Day party for migrants from South America.

#christmas, #new-york-city, #south-america, #synagogues

They Traveled From South Korea. They Got Stranded Near Buffalo.

A South Korean tour group’s van became stuck in the snow outside a house in Williamsville, N.Y. They spent the weekend with the homeowners — who luckily had a well-stocked kitchen.

#choi-yoseb, #christmas, #korean-food-cuisine, #new-york-city, #niagara-falls-ny, #snow-and-snowstorms, #south-korea

Having a Hard Christmas? Jesus Did Too

Jesus Did Too

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #internal-sub-only-nl, #religion-and-belief

My Christmas Gift to Myself: Pride

I have learned that coming out is not for me a one-time event but a series of events.

#christmas, #dating-and-relationships, #families-and-family-life, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality

Charles Charts a Path as a King for All Holiday Seasons

Adding a Hanukkah party and Diwali treats to the traditional Christmas address, King Charles III is publicly embracing a more inclusive monarchy in his first months.

#catherine-duchess-of-cambridge, #charles-iii-king-of-the-united-kingdom, #christmas, #documentary-films-and-programs, #great-britain, #harry-duke-of-sussex, #london-england, #royal-families

Pope Francis’ Christmas Address Bemoans ‘Grave Famine of Peace’

Pope Francis urged the tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter’s Square to pray for Ukraine and for others suffering in conflicts around the world.

#christmas, #famine, #francis, #popes, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Christmas in Ukraine: Flickering Lights, Patriotic Trees and Hope for Peace

One town is protecting a statue of St. Nick with sandbags, another is putting its Christmas tree underground and others are cranking up noisy generators to keep the holiday spirit alive.

#bucha-ukraine, #children-and-childhood, #christmas, #christmas-trees, #electric-light-and-power, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #kharkiv-ukraine, #kyiv-ukraine, #lighting, #lutsk-ukraine, #mariupol-ukraine, #mykolaiv-ukraine, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

The Joy of Illustration

For a quarter of a century — holidays included — Bill Sokol’s drawings injected a note of whimsy into the stolid New York Times.

#art, #books-and-literature, #christmas, #marcus-leonard-s, #new-york-times

Why Dickens Haunts Us

He is the man who brought fantasy to Christmas.

#christmas, #dickens-charles, #fairy-tales, #income-inequality

A Christmas Conversation About Christ

“Jesus loves New York Times readers, too.”

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #evangelical-movement, #moore-russell, #religion-and-belief, #southern-baptist-convention

A Christmas Tree Brings Life to a Destroyed Palestinian Village

For former residents of Iqrit, where Israeli forces leveled everything but the church in 1951, religious rituals bind them to a place from which they were expelled.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #churches-buildings, #iqrit-israel, #israel, #palestinians, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

As Power Outages Loom, Some Are Preparing Christmas Dinner Early

More than 1.5 million people are without power across the United States and Canada, and more could lose electricity over the coming days. It’s complicating holiday menus.

#canada, #christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #east-coast-us, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #united-states

A Brutal Storm

Just before Christmas, a combination of ice, snow and winds is paralyzing much of the U.S.

#appalachian-region, #christmas, #east-coast-us, #internal-storyline-no, #snow-and-snowstorms, #winter-season

A Christmas Party in New York That Starts at 9 in the Morning

To the list of city holiday traditions — the Rockefeller Center tree lighting, “The Nutcracker” at Lincoln Center — some are adding an early-morning boozefest known as “the Banger.”

#brooklyn-nyc, #christmas, #dancing, #parties-social

At German Christmas Markets, Smiles Shine Bright but Budgets Are Tight

In Nuremberg, the stalls are open without Covid restrictions, and big crowds are returning to sip mulled wine and socialize. But amid economic uncertainty, visitors are spending less.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #germany, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #nuremberg-germany, #personal-finances, #street-fairs-and-festivals, #travel-and-vacations

This Party Season, You Don’t Have to R.S.V.P., Just Test

As rising Covid rates collide with a return to holiday festivities, hosts are coming up with inventive compromises.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #masks, #new-year, #parties-social, #respiratory-diseases, #tests-medical, #united-states, #your-feed-science

It’s Boom Times for Santa

Like other in-person workers, Santa took a hit the first two years of the pandemic. But he’s back in a big way.

#children-and-childhood, #christmas, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #santa-claus, #service-industries, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

At France’s Oldest Christmas Market, Energy Crisis Dims Festive Spirits

Amid soaring gas prices and the war in Ukraine, Strasbourg’s Christkindelsmärik, like holiday fairs across Europe, has faced a tough question: “How do you balance magic and responsibility?”

#christmas, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-efficiency, #europe, #france, #heating, #lighting, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #solar-energy, #strasbourg-france

‘Miami’s Version of Magic’: A Glitzy Christmas Theme Park

Miles from South Beach and most of Miami’s tourist haunts, Santa’s Enchanted Forest has dazzled locals for decades.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #christmas, #florida, #hialeah-fla, #miami-dade-county-fla

Onstage, It’s Finally Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Again

After one holiday season lost to the pandemic and another curtailed by Omicron, seasonal staples including “The Nutcracker,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Messiah” are back in force.

#a-christmas-carol-play, #carnegie-hall, #center-theater-group, #christmas, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #dallas-theater-center, #dancing, #manhattan-nyc, #messiah-musical-work, #new-orleans-la, #new-york-city-ballet, #rockettes, #the-nutcracker-ballet, #theater, #theater-broadway, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #trinity-church-manhattan-ny

How to Prepare for the Winter Storm’s Impact on Your Holiday Travels This Weekend

Forecasters say a “bomb cyclone” will tear through much of the U.S. this week and that travelers could face cold, snow and rain. What can you do if your plans are disrupted?

#airlines-and-airplanes, #christmas, #content-type-service, #delays-transportation, #snow-and-snowstorms, #travel-and-vacations, #weather

Christmas at Dollywood, With Streetmosphere and a Chicken Lady

Dolly Parton’s theme park gets into the holiday spirit in a way that rivals Radio City’s Rockettes — with fewer kicklines but far more fingerpicking.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #christmas, #culture-arts, #dollywood-amusement-park, #parton-dolly, #pigeon-forge-tenn

Dark Christmas Signals Tough Times for a Prosperous City in Hungary

Dimmed festive lighting at an annual market in the city of Gyor underscores the economic pain being felt across Hungary as energy costs and inflation soar.

#christmas, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #lighting, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government

Going Whole Hog for a Noche Buena Tradition

Roast pork is the must-have Christmas Eve centerpiece for many Latinos and Filipinos, and for processors like La Casa Sierra near Tampa, Fla., business is booming.

#christmas, #latin-america, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #pigs, #pork

Merry ‘Sismas’: A Holiday Tradition Honors Friendship

For a group of devoted girlfriends, the season shines brighter when they’re together — preferably in a costume, eating some oxtail.

#christmas, #friendship, #parties-social, #vis-photo, #women-and-girls

Winter Storm and Bitter Cold Could Disrupt Holiday Travel, Forecasters Say

A storm could make for treacherous conditions for parts of the country leading up to Christmas. Temperatures are also expected to plummet, forecasters said.

#appalachian-region, #christmas, #cold-and-cold-spells, #east-coast-us, #northeastern-states-us, #rocky-mountains, #snow-and-snowstorms, #united-states, #weather

Christmas Is On a Sunday. Is Church Canceled?

Worried about coaxing people into pews when they’d rather be in their pajamas, some Protestant pastors are canceling Sunday services on Dec. 25.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #greear-j-d, #nebraska, #north-carolina, #protestant-churches

On the Arab Christmas Table, Kubbeh and Stuffed Grape Leaves Are Nonnegotiable

For members of the Arab diaspora, the meat- and bulgur-based dish, and delicate stuffed grape leaves, are what make the season bright.

#beef, #christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #egyptian-americans, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #palestinians

How a Dreaded Holiday Tradition Turned Into the Best One

Grief and loss may make this time of year difficult, but that pain can lessen with time.

#christmas, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #music

Roasted Salmon and Beef Tenderloin Recipes That Cook in Under an Hour

Genevieve Ko pairs salmon with miso cream and beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce for a lavish, but stress-free feast.

#beef, #christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #horseradish, #salmon

Surviving 10 Hours and 32 Minutes at Bergdorf Goodman

What can a luxury department store offer in 2022? We spent 10 hours and 32 minutes looking for answers at the Manhattan institution, where no one says, “no.”

#bergdorf-goodman, #christmas, #fashion-and-apparel, #manhattan-nyc, #shopping-and-retail, #vis-photo

True ‘Holiday Magic’ Can’t Be Manufactured

It’s not about elaborate preparation.

#austria, #christmas, #google-inc, #hallmark-cards-inc, #hanukkah, #internal-sub-only-nl, #national-lampoon, #parenting

Playing Santa Onscreen Takes Much More Than Just Donning a Red Suit

David Harbour, George Wendt and Tim Allen explain the acting challenge that is Jolly St. Nick.

#actors-and-actresses, #allen-tim, #christmas, #elf-play, #harbour-david, #movies, #santa-claus, #the-santa-clause-movie, #theater, #violent-night-movie, #wendt-george

The Best Holiday Cake Recipes Are Also the Simplest

Fruity, spiced and savory, these three delicious recipes from Dorie Greenspan make everyone in your house feel at home.

#cakes, #christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #cranberries, #gingerbread, #holidays-and-special-occasions

The Vintage Christmas Decoration Making a Comeback This Year

Forget the blow-up Santas for your lawn. A new generation of old-fashioned blow mold decorations have come to town.

#christmas, #collectors-and-collections, #lighting, #reindeer, #santa-claus, #target-corporation, #walmart-stores-inc, #wayfair-inc

How to Fend Off Holiday Stress, from People Who Should Know

A UPS driver, a baker and Santa’s helper share advice for staying present through the season.

#anxiety-and-stress, #christmas, #content-type-service, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #internal-sub-only-nl, #newsletters, #santa-claus

Sleigh Bells Ring, Everyone’s Streaming: Christmas Music Is Back

Grabbing a piece of the lucrative holiday market requires planning, luck and the occasional battle with a seasoned superstar like Mariah Carey.

#advertising-and-marketing, #all-i-want-for-christmas-is-you-song, #audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #carey-mariah, #christmas, #elizabeth-chan, #foster-david-1949, #pentatonix-music-group, #pop-and-rock-music, #rhythm-and-blues-music

How a Good Book Became the ‘Richest’ of Holiday Gifts

As Christmas came to be celebrated in the home, choosing the right volume was a way to show intimate understanding of the person opening the package.

#alcott-louisa-may, #books-and-literature, #christmas, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #little-women-book, #woolf-virginia

Holiday Drinking Can Hurt Your Heart. Here Are Tips to Stay Healthy.

December is peak time for cardiovascular issues. Here’s how to stay safe.

#alcoholic-beverages, #christmas, #heart

How Do Designers Decorate for the Holidays? We Invited Ourselves Over to See.

There’s no right way to decorate for whatever holidays you celebrate. But it never hurts to borrow some ideas from the pros. (Especially that gumdrop tree.)

#christmas, #christmas-trees, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tableware

See the Holiday Windows in New York City

Only a handful of department stores in New York City still create them — but the ones that do go all out.

#art, #bergdorf-goodman, #bloomingdales, #christmas, #furnish-david-j, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #john-elton, #macys-inc, #mannequins-dummies, #new-york-city, #saks-fifth-avenue, #saks-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #windows