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Articles tagged with 'christmas'

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Our earliest childhood memories

Published June 13, 2014

Some people can recollect events that happened decades ago, others can't remember what they ate for breakfast. In any case, memories are an interesting aspect of being human and, if you don't think about them too often or for too long, they can add an emotional richness to your life.

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"Who Killed Santa?" is a crazed and crazy mystery

Published Jan. 3, 2014

It's hard to get your head around all of the suspects as you try to answer the titular question of "Who Killed Santa?" That's the burning issue as a rag-tag band of players stage the Christmas-themed murder mystery for the fifth consecutive year.

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"It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Show" earns its wings

Published Dec. 14, 2013

It is not often that you get a do over in life, especially in the world of theater criticism. Once you write something, it's as if it's chiseled in granite, there for the ages. I was fortunate to get a do over Friday night when I saw the opening performance of "It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Show" at Next Act Theatre.

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Toy buying tips for the holiday season

Published Dec. 9, 2013

Don't get caught up in the "hot" toy hoopla or must-haves that you think your kids won't be happy without. Choose smart toys that kids will play with over and over. A good toy is one that is age and skill appropriate that holds a child's current interests. The more you personalize a selection, the better the play experience for your child. Read on for more tips.

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Social Circle: Is celebrating St. Nick overkill?

Published Dec. 8, 2013

This week, we asked the Social Circle if it thought celebrating St. Nick was excessive considering Hanukkah and Christmas and other December gift-focused holidays. What are your thoughts on the other jolly ol' chap?

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New York's Midtown wears the holidays like no other place in America

Published Dec. 7, 2013

The world's most famous ice skating rink shimmers beneath what must be the most impressive urban tree, perhaps in the world, and the shop windows in the Center and along Fifth Avenue must be seen to be believed. Crowds queue to see the holiday spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and Times Square is decked out in green and red. And all America comes to check it out.

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8 things this Jew loves about Christmas

Published Dec. 2, 2013

I've never made a big secret about the fact that I'm not crazy about Christmas. As a Jewish person, I don't celebrate it, and growing up, it mostly served to remind me that I was different than my friends. Believe it or not, though, there are a few things I like about Christmas. As Hanukkah - the earliest one in a long, long time - wraps up, here are eight of my favorite:

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Scrooge speaks: Donahue talks about the Dickens classic

Published Nov. 27, 2013

Christopher Donahue isn't what you'd expect from an actor playing Ebenezer Scrooge, one of the famous grumps of stage, screen and literature. He's gracious, soft-spoken and a bit self-depreciating. The only Scroogish thing about him is his fully-grown beard, a mutton chops/mustache combination technically called "a hulihee" (he looked it up).

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Hundreds of Santas to cycle for spirits, support and ska

Published Nov. 25, 2013

The Santa Rampage is an annual event in Milwaukee that has reached cult-status, featuring hundreds of people in Santa suits - as well as a wide swath of various holiday-themed costumes - riding their bicycles through the city. The occasion is so beloved that even the dodgy weather of the season typically does not detract from the merriment or the number of riders who participate in these festivities.

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Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival begins Thursday

Published Nov. 20, 2013

The holiday season is approaching (or already here, if you're most department stores and a few radio stations), and that means it's time to flip the switch on the city's Holiday Lights Festival.

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Good company gets stuck with meh material in "The Best Man Holiday"

Published Nov. 15, 2013

Those looking forward to reconnecting with their on-screen friends from nearly 15 years ago might find a decent amount to enjoy in "The Best Man Holiday." Anyone else without much built-in attachment to this cozy band of habitual liars and secret keepers, however, are in for a long two hours of forced comedic hijinks and a thick dose of sentimental sappy pap normally reserved for a Hallmark holiday original.

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Milwaukeeans create new holiday traditions

Published Nov. 3, 2013

Family traditions are often a meaningful aspect of all celebrations, from birthdays to holidays to summer vacations, but new traditions can be just as rich as the classics.

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Want holiday music now? WZTI-AM has it

Published Oct. 31, 2013

Even though the calendar says Halloween, it's nothing but "Jingle Bells" and other Christmas music on WZTI-AM 1290 Martini Radio in Milwaukee.