christmas

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 »

The day to take down your Christmas tree

Christmas trees can light up a gloomy mood, especially when you help put it together. Photo: Pixabay Your guests loved your Christmas tree during the holidays, but now we are into the new year and some of your family members have asked when the tree will be taken down. Which makes you wonder, when is the right time to take ... Read More »

Pets find a new home for Christmas

Must love cats: Fauna is a 19-month-old cat at RSPCA Devonport. She can be a little timid but nothing a nice friendly home won’t sort out. Picture: Cordell Richardson All these rescue pets wanted for Christmas was a new family. Following The Advocate’s feature on the 12 dogs of Christmas and 12 Cats of Christmas, some lucky animals found their forever homes. At the ... Read More »

It’s Still Christmas in Armenia

The New Year marks the end of the holiday season in the United States, but in Armenia they are just getting started. There, first comes the New Year, then comes Christmas. New Year’s Eve kicks off two weeks of holidays during which Armenians celebrate Christ’s Nativity, his Baptism and the Epiphany. From December 31 to January 13, Armenian families visit family ... Read More »

‘Not another Best Teacher mug’ – what teachers really want for Christmas

As festive tokens of appreciation they are all happily received. But the Christmas presents teachers get from pupils and parents can range from the obvious to the totally random. As parents shop for gifts and the end of term approaches, we asked Manchester’s hard-working teachers to tell us the presents they get, the presents they’d love to get – and ... Read More »

A foodie Christmas gift guide for every wallet

£10 and under From pickles to piquant mayonnaise and citrussy yuzu ponzu, a tenner can buy quite the array of stocking fillers for the hungry and handy in the kitchen … FacebookTwitterPinterest Sauce Shop chipotle mayo, £3.50, sauce-shop.co.uk  Sabo organic Japanese teas, £5, momosanshop.com  Eddington’s lemon squeezer, £10, boroughkitchen.com FacebookTwitterPinterest Paperchase monkey puzzle snack box set, £4, selfridges.com FacebookTwitterPinterest March Jollypops in three flavours, £6.50 each, twentytwenty one.com FacebookTwitterPinterest Horn egg spoon, £7.50, labourandwait.co.uk FacebookTwitterPinterest Newton and Pott gin-pickled cucumber, £5.99 a ... Read More »

The best Christmas days out 2017

LONDON Skate at Somerset House A visit to the ice rink in Somerset House’s grand courtyard is a classic winter day out in the capital. There is also a skate late event, with musical takeovers from the likes of Peckham’s Balamii radio and Field Day festival founder and promoter Eat Your Own Ears. • To 14 Jan 2018, from £7.50 for standard skate session, ... Read More »