Christmas Was Merry As Consumers Traded Up

Members of the tech industry’s leading dealers (and one top analyst) gathered earlier this year for TWICE’s annual Retail Executive Roundtable at CES 2018. The following is one excerpt from the larger conversation, which we’re serializing online. TWICE: So what’s the verdict Steve, was it a merry Christmas for consumer electronics? Stephen Baker, The NPD Group: The big takeaway was the overall improving ... Read More »

Council wants to improve Leicester Christmas Market this year by making these BIG changes

Leicester’s next Christmas Market will be better than the last one, council bosses have promised. Many traders and shoppers said they were left underwhelmed by the market in December which Leicester City Council moved to the new square behind the city’s Corn Exchange. Some stallholders said they did not make enough money to cover the cost of renting a chalet, arguing the location was ... Read More »

Move over Dessert Cob – say hello to the Christmas Trifle Cob Loaf that you can make at home

When the ‘Dessert Cob Loaf’ came along, it very quickly went viral around Australia. It was so popular it even caught its creators, Ben Palmer and Elouise Hawkey, by surprise. Now it seems like everyone has jumped on the dessert cob loaf we think we have something new and very exciting to take to Christmas lunch or your work Christmas party. ... Read More »

Aldi’s Christmas alcohol advert banned

Aldi’s Christmas advert for alcohol has been banned for having a “strong appeal to audiences under the age of 18” by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The advert was brought to the attention of the ASA by a viewer who thought Aldi’s Christmas mascot Kevin the Carrot would appeal to children under 18, and that it was irresponsible to be ... Read More »

Broad Green’s ‘Fight Before Christmas’ Santa Movie Revived by Tucker Tooley

Tucker Tooley has acquired the holiday comedy “The Fight Before Christmas” from the now-defunct Broad Green Pictures. Tooley and Matt Alvarez (“Straight Outta Compton,” “Ride Along”) will produce the movie through Tooley Entertainment. Jason Barhydt of Tooley Entertainment will executive produce. Karen McCullah (“Legally Blonde”) will pen the script. The pic is targeting a fall production start date. “The Fight Before Christmas” ... Read More »

The musical ensembles of Christmas in Christ Chapel

The Gustavus musicians are hard at work preparing for Christmas in Christ Chapel. This weekend, musical ensembles of Gustavus will be participating in the annual Christmas In Christ Chapel concert. This concert includes musical pieces sung by the Gustavus Choir, the Choir of Christ Chapel as well as the Lucia Singers, in addition to the choirs, there will also be ... Read More »

Ren: UIL brings Christmas to Big Country football (sort of)

For football coaches, the University Interscholastic League’s realignment day is akin to a biennial Christmas. Will the UIL leave candy in their stockings? Or the proverbial lump of coal? Thursday saw a mixture of both for area coaches, who met locally at the Region 14 Education Service Center in Abilene to learn their geographical fates for the next two seasons. Having been ... Read More »

Last day of Christmas is here

The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster When did you see your first Easter egg of the season? I can remember carol singing in a supermarket on Christmas Eve watching the staff strip the Christmas display and starting to put up the Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns display. Some of my fellow carol singers were horrified, while I turned ... Read More »

Blue Christmas?

A rare blue supermoon overnight Tuesday hangs over a still decorated-for-Christmas house along Plaza Way in Walla Walla. A blue moon happens when two full moons occur in one month, and a supermoon describes a moon that is full when it comes closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit, making it look larger and brighter than usual. Early this morning ... Read More »

A Christmas catch for Larson

Dillon Larson, 7, and his father, Nate, hold up a 22-inch walleye that Dillon caught while ice fishing in the area on Christmas Day. (Submitted photo) Christmas is usually a memorable day for any 7-year-old, and Alexandria’s Dillon Larson capped his Christmas off this past year by catching his first walleye. The Larsons had opened presents and decided to spend ... Read More »