Trumps wish Americans ‘Merry Christmas’ as they mark holiday

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are wishing Americans a Merry Christmas as they celebrate the holiday with their family in Florida. “The president and I want to wish each and every American a very merry Christmas,” the first lady said in a video message recorded at the […]

Celtics rookie conducts Boston orchestra’s holiday concert

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics player Tacko Fall made his debut as a guest conductor during the renowned Boston Pops orchestra’s holiday concert. The 7-foot-6 center took the stage to lead the orchestra in a rendition of the song “Sleigh Ride” at Boston’s Symphony Hall Monday night. Fall was wearing a custom-made, size-48 double extra-long […]

Thousands mark Christmas in West Bank town of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims on Tuesday flocked to the West Bank town of Bethlehem, celebrating Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Visitors converged on the town’s large Christmas tree in Manger Square, near the spot believed to mark Jesus’ birthplace. Uniformed Palestinian scouts wearing yellow and gold capes […]

Queen Elizabeth II to admit ‘bumpy’ year in Christmas speech

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II plans to acknowledge that both Britain and her family have endured a difficult year by saying during her Christmas message that it has been a “bumpy” time. The pre-recorded message will be broadcast in Britain and the Commonwealth nations on Christmas Day. It was recorded before the queen’s husband, […]

Biblical city of Bethlehem boasts largest Christmas in years

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the biblical West Bank city’s largest Christmas celebrations in years. Hundreds of locals and foreign visitors milled in Manger Square as bagpipe-playing Palestinian Scouts paraded past a giant Christmas tree. Crowds flooded the Church […]

An exclusive interview with Santa Claus

An exclusive interview with Santa Claus

Image: Santa Claus showed up at the Christmas Party of the Freedom and Liberty Conservatives PAC on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Here, he’s shown with renowned conservative activist Rachael Manganiello Jones. Conroe, December 24 – Santa Claus showed up at the Christmas Party of the Freedom and Liberty Conservatives PAC on Thursday, December 20, 2018, […]

NORAD takes calls from kids around the world awaiting Santa

BC-APFN-US–NORAD Tracks Santa,2nd Ld-Writethru Dec 24, 2017 4:41PM (GMT 22:41) – 394 words Eds: Updates with Trumps participating, volume of calls, changes story summary, headlines. With AP Photos. PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of volunteers at an Air Force base in Colorado were answering questions on Sunday from eager children who wanted […]

Trump celebrates Christmas like most of America, with family

BC-US–Trump,3rd Ld-Writethru Dec 25, 2017 5:39PM (GMT 23:39) – 586 words By DARLENE SUPERVILLE ,  Associated Press Eds: Refreshes summary. AP Video. With AP Photos. PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is celebrating Christmas the way millions of Americans do: surrounded by family, the White House said. But unlike most Americans, he released […]

Merry Christmas from The Golden Hammer

Merry Christmas from The Golden Hammer

Image: Maroon Bells, near Aspen, Colorado. Conroe, December 24 – Merry Christmas from The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper! Christmas, of course, has an important theological meaning. In 2017, however, it also has a critical symbolic import as well: kindness to others and to yourself. Sadly, this holiday doesn’t always feel like a period […]