Once you have opened the presents, eaten a big meal and had your fill of football — and your out-of-town relatives — what else is there to do? Go to the movies, of course. Besides the much-discussed comedy “The Interview,” there are several much-anticipated films that open on Christmas Day. The Star has reviews of each by Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby.
Inside the Salvation Army’s emergency children’s shelter, many kids — from infants to 17-year-olds — have been hurt or abandoned. But every year a special Santa from Lee’s Summit comes to visit on Christmas Eve to bring toys and to show them that they are not alone.
It was a gift that opposing soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front in World War I gave to each other 100 years ago in 1914. It was like “some weird dream,” wrote one British soldier. The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is marking the centennial of the spontaneous truce with a new online exhibit.
Whatever you celebrate, this weekend is going to be busier than Black Friday. Everyone’s hanging out with friends and family. That means the brunch game is on. But while everyone is busy going to the usuals, The Star’s Jeneé Osterheldt has a new suggestion: Julep, Westport’s luxe little cocktail club and her favorite bar this year.
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” presents a tale of redemption and transformation. Its protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, has become an archetype in Western culture. In the excerpts that follow, we see Scrooge as he encounters the ghost of Christmas present, and the transformed Scrooge. Merry Christmas.
Tara Jarvis and her pharmacist husband, Matt, are surprised and thankful that their almost 5-month-old daughter, Piper Grace Jarvis, who doctors and the couple were all but certain would be too congenitally sick to survive more than a few days, is not only alive but is so much on the mend that she is expected to go home from Children’s Mercy Hospital soon after the new year.
The anonymous benefactor known as Secret Santa dispatched his “elves” to hand out cash in Kansas City on Tuesday. The result was a succession of smiles from the recipients — and some tears of joy. Police Chief Darryl Forté participated for the first time. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp also participated.
Today, at a time when much of law enforcement’s focus has shifted from domestic to foreign terrorism, a network of extremism is again spreading throughout the land. “The wall between extremism and mainstream has really come down significantly,” said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino.
Toy companies are realizing that girls, like boys, want to build bridges and wire circuits. Construction toys, bolstered by demand from girls, are a bright spot in the $22 billion industry, which has seen other categories stagnate or decline.
KCI was a beehive of activity Tuesday morning as travelers were coming and going for the holiday season. “Here at KCI, we think we had 35,000 passengers on the 19th, and our average day is going to be about 30,000 passengers in and out through the holidays,” said Joe McBride, spokesman for the Kansas City Aviation Department.
Countless cultures have developed superstitions surrounding the end of one year and the beginning of the next, finding symbolism and good luck in myriad foods meant to sway the fortunes of the new year to come. Tyler Fox, a personal chef, Chow Town blogger and freelance writer for The Star’s Food section, devises recipes with a bit of luck for your New Year’s celebration.
It’s Christmas Eve, so Santa Claus will sup on soup. His recipe for “snowball” chicken soup is part of a warm and satisfying meal that won’t weigh Santa down, as he travels the world over. Santa agreed to take some time away from checking his list twice, to cook up some magic in the Prairie Village home of Steve Holtman.
On Monday, cast members from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” delivered gifts to the children who attend the Della Lamb Elementary Charter School in Kansas City, where more than 98 percent of the students are impoverished enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
For a small collection of “Christmas-aholics,” producing truly awe-inspiring shows means having everything from computer software to FM transmitters to the most cutting-edge lights — as well spending the countless hours necessary to program a display that can be synchronized to holiday music.
Inspired by her son, Cooper, age 10, Emily Parnell of Overland Park, author, web designer, and mother of two, founded an organization to help guide children — rudely jolted with by what may be the first step toward adulthood — into becoming Secret Keepers.
No one is certain when Bill Vaughan’s “A Story of Christmas” first appeared in The Kansas City Star, but it has become one of the most cherished stories in the newspaper’s archives. We began reprinting it as early as 1959.
Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from “spiritual Alzheimer’s” that has made them forget they’re supposed to be joyful men of God.
Vocal music often is an integral part of the holiday season, whether for a family gathering, community sing-along or religious service. The King’s Singers celebrated this tradition Saturday night at the Folly Theater with a program that spanned centuries and styles with refinement, sophistication and humor.
Sometimes the Fairy Princess has to be quick on her feet, or rather, on her rose-and-gold throne. Youngsters lined up Sunday at the Kansas City Museum’s Corinthian Hall for the final Fairy Princess visits of the 2014 holiday season.
Two large semitrailers of food were scheduled to arrive Saturday at the local headquarters of the Salvation Army, in time for Christmas dinners to be delivered to 6,000 families throughout the Kansas City area, from Olathe to Grain Valley.