Dashing to the show: Five big films open on Christmas Day

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.


The Christmas Truce: A century ago during World War I, guns went silent

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.

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For the holidays, give yourself the gift of brunch at Julep

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.


Christmas in a children’s hospital? No better gift, couple says

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.


Secret Santa spreads cash and holiday joy to those in need

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.

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