<![CDATA[Holidays | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/holidays/ en-us Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:23:08 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:23:08 CST Holidays 60 Dashing to the show: Five big films open on Christmas Day http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/movies-news-reviews/article4948077.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:22:25 CST

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Santa brings more than presents to a Kansas City children’s shelter http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article4941051.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:29:15 CST

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The Christmas Truce: A century ago during World War I, guns went silent http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article4925172.html#storylink=rss 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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Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:11:33 CST

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For the holidays, give yourself the gift of brunch at Julep http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/jenee-osterheldt/article4948881.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Wed, 24 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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An excerpt from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’: ‘He knew how to keep Christmas well’ http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article4929186.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:57:50 CST

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Christmas in a children’s hospital? No better gift, couple says http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article4893057.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:04:01 CST

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Secret Santa spreads cash and holiday joy to those in need http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article4899228.html#storylink=rss 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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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 20:03:01 CST

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Toymakers learn that construction sets aren’t just for boys anymore http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article4800813.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:32:40 CST

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Holiday travelers flock to Kansas City International Airport http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article4875003.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:39:46 CST

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Good food, good fortune: Try these traditional recipes to bring luck in the new year http://www.kansascity.com/living/food-drink/article4774776.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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Snowball soup gets a nod from the North Pole http://www.kansascity.com/living/food-drink/come-into-my-kitchen/article4771341.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Tue, 23 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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The Spirit of Christmas Present comes to Della Lamb school in KC http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article4831122.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:53:02 CST

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Lights, music, action: These KC-area home Christmas displays are awe-inspiring http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article4829961.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:41:53 CST

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Last-minute lifesavers: Great KC gift ideas http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/jenee-osterheldt/article4797276.html#storylink=rss The festive finish line is upon us but it’s not too late to grab your gifts. HMK, Boulevard Dry Goods, Westside Storey, Raygun and more have plenty of options for presents on the fly.

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:26:06 CST

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Keeping Santa’s secret: Children who learn the truth enlisted to help younger kids retain the magic http://www.kansascity.com/living/family/article4801050.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:36:33 CST

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Bill Vaughan’s ‘Tell Me a Story of Christmas’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article4801698.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:47:48 CST

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In Christmas greeting, pope blasts Vatican bureaucrats http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article4812717.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:03:36 CST

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King’s Singers celebrate Christmas with mirth and melancholy, honor Richard Harriman http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article4761537.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:55:56 CST

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Fairy Princess wraps up her seasonal magic at Corinthian Hall http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article4774476.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:36:14 CST

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Coming Monday in The Star: Kid-designed holiday wrapping paper http://www.kansascity.com/living/article4706160.html#storylink=rss Monday’s FYI cover opens up to a two-page piece of adorable holiday gift wrap. The designs were created by the four winners of our kids wrapping paper contest. Here’s a sneak preview.

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:00:00 CST

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Cindy Hoedel: My first cookie exchange in the country, guided by Christmas lights on cattle guards http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/article4571203.html#storylink=rss Rural Kansas holiday traditions include home-grown cedar trees, lighted antique tractors and nighttime cookie swaps in remote farmhouses.

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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A huge holiday gift reflects community spirit http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article4693122.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Here comes Christmas: Music and special services remind us of the reason for the season http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article4690542.html#storylink=rss A taste of what local churches are offering this Christmas, from a puppet Nativity to a play about depressed pope to a Moravian Lovefeast. And the music? Ave Maria, the music!

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:02:15 CST

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What happened to all those ‘Strays of Christmas’? http://www.kansascity.com/living/article4698552.html#storylink=rss We’re pleased and happy — wagging our tails, you might say — to report that all but one of “The 12 Strays of Christmas” we’ve been featuring in The Star now have homes.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:59:40 CST

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Peppernuts are a spicy holiday tradition in Jan Buerge’s family http://www.kansascity.com/living/food-drink/come-into-my-kitchen/article4499387.html#storylink=rss Jan Buerge of Kansas City and her sister Judy Hartzler carry on the family tradition of making peppernuts for the holidays. Peppernuts are tiny spice cookies popular throughout Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Russia.

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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A cappella quartet Anonymous 4 offers a welcome respite from holiday bustle http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article4486133.html#storylink=rss It is the time of the year when fuss and obligations, whether festive or not, can feel overwhelming. Anonymous 4 offered an antidote to these stressors with a performance that encouraged quiet contemplation for the appreciative capacity audience in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

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Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:36:42 CST

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Sacred and secular share space in Quality Hill Playhouse’s revue ‘Christmas in Song’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article4487544.html#storylink=rss The Quality Hill Playhouse offers its annual holiday cabaret holiday concert with a mix of familiar and obscure songs celebrating Christmas. It runs through Dec. 24.

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Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:47:57 CST

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Christmas gifts from the Heartland for outdoors enthusiasts http://www.kansascity.com/sports/outdoors/article4469344.html#storylink=rss There are dozens of companies in Missouri and Kansas, from the mom and pop operations to the major corporations, that make items that would be ideal Christmas gifts for the outdoorsman (or woman) on your list.

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Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:29:36 CST

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In the tiny town of Arrow Rock, Mo., the curtain rises on hopes of Christmas stardom http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article4453387.html#storylink=rss For the first time in the Lyceum Theatre’s 54-year history, visitors by the hundreds are traveling the two-lane blacktops that lead to Arrow Rock for a Yuletide production. This holiday season, the Lyceum is launching what townspeople hope will be an annual tradition, staging Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

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Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:36:16 CST

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The 12 strays of Christmas: Meet Charlie http://www.kansascity.com/living/article4404503.html#storylink=rss We’re getting all warm and fuzzy with “The 12 Strays of Christmas,” introducing you to shelter dogs and cats looking for a home for the holidays and beyond. Today: a sweet shepherd mix..

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:16:07 CST

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