Christmas

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There are some invitations to Christmas parties and holiday gatherings where you can thank the person inviting you and send your regrets for not being able to attend.

The tradition continues! Since 2005, host/producer Lee Hay has assembled a holiday feast of music and spoken word featuring some of Cincinnati's finest musicians, storytellers, and personalities. This year is no exception. 

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I’ve been making my list and checking it twice… And here it is: My annual Holiday Program Guide.

All the Christmas favorites are here: Charlie Brown, Rudolph, The Grinch, Frosty, White Christmas, A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Melody, A Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life, Polar Express, The Santa Clause and Little Drummer Boy.

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Turkeys away! Thanksgiving week means that it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas on TV again.

Here's my first holiday programming list of the season, for Thanksgiving week. My h-u-g-e Holiday Program Guide for shows Dec. 1-25 posts Sunday, Dec. 1.

The 14th Annual Around Cincinnati Christmas Special, produced and hosted by Lee Hay. features a wide range of local musicians and others celebrating the season in song and word.

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"Chief Elf" Kimberly Davis sits behind a folding table with cheery holiday decorations, a row of folders spread out before her. Inside are letters asking Santa for a little extra help.

A Holiday Tradition: The Christmas Bird Count

Nov 26, 2018

Once the traditional holidays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, some Americans look forward to another tradition: the annual Christmas Bird Count.  

Since 1900 birders have picked one day — sometime around Christmas — to survey as many birds as they can find in a 15 mile diameter circle.  

Birder Mike Edgerton, a member of the Greater Akron Audubon Society, says it’s been a valuable form of crowd sourcing.

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From Rudolph to Ralphie, John Legend to Johnny Cash, the Grinch to Amy Grant, Elf to Ed Sullivan, Lucy Van Pelt to Lucy Ricardo, they’re all here in my Holiday Program Guide.

It’s my biggest list ever, and it has something for everyone. Here’s the link to a downloadable PDF so you can print the list, circle your favorites and share with family and friends.

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The family of terminal cancer patient Brody Allen say they have found a whole new family thanks to the generosity and love of the Tri-State. Sunday afternoon, more than 1,000 people traveled to Colerain Township to either be in or watch the Christmas-themed parade held in the 2-year-old's honor.

A holiday tradition continues when the 13th Annual Around Cincinnati special airs Christmas Eve at 7pm. Producer/host Lee Hay has assembled a full hour of great music and stories. 

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The short answer is: Get an antenna.

Wonderful old Christmas TV specials with Perry Como, Johnny Cash, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Mac Davis, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Judy Garland and Danny Kaye and many others will air on the GET TV network, a digital subchannel on WSTR-TV, on over-the-air Channel 64.4.

For the 11th straight year, Lee Hay has assembled some of the best local musicians and contributors to celebrate the season in word and music.

Holiday Happenings In Greater Cincinnati

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Greater Cincinnati knows how to have fun, especially at this time of year, with holiday trains, plays and concerts, dazzling lights, Santa and his elves, ice skating and Christmas markets. 

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“A Charlie Brown Christmas” remains the best holiday TV special for all the reasons that CBS executives didn’t like 50 years ago.

The simplicity of the story. The absence of adult voices. Its anti-commercialism message. The terrific jazz sound track by Vince Guaraldi. Linus quoting the Bible. 

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the iconic Christmas cartoon, which airs for the 50th year tonight (9 p.m., Channel 9) following ABC’s musical salute called “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown (8 p.m.). I’ll be talking about Christmas TV specials on “Cincinnati Edition” at 1 p.m. today on 91.7 WVXU-FM.

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3CDC's annual tree lighting ceremony at Fountain Square is Friday evening.  But the organization has a number of other activities throughout the day.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1850 short story, “Christmas, or the Good Fairy,” will be staged for the first time Dec. 9 at the writer’s former home in Walnut Hills.

“Christmas, or the Good Fairy” was first printed Dec. 26, 1850, in the National Era, the abolitionist newspaper which also published Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as a serial. It is set in 1849 in The Bottoms area of Cincinnati, which stretched from the Public Landing north to Sixth Street, and east to Mount Adams.

Cincinnati playwright Trey Tatum and director Bridget Leak adapted her short story into a 30-minute play for their Queen City Flash theater group.

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Fifty years? Good grief! “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” first broadcast reluctantly by CBS in 1965, will air twice on ABC before Christmas, along with a one-hour musical salute to the award-winning cartoon.

ABC also celebrates the 20th anniversary of “Toy Story,” with a one-hour tribute in December to Pixar Animation Studios which revolutionized computer-generated animation.

“It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown” airs 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 (Channel 9, ABC), as the TV networks start filling their channels with holiday programming the four weeks leading up to Christmas. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” follows at 9 p.m. Nov. 30.

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Gift-giving season is in full swing and many people have at least one hard to shop for person on their list. For some, that person might be an elderly relative. If so, put down the bubble bath, leave the gooey sticky candies on the shelf, and for goodness sake, No More KnickKnacks!

"A terrible gift idea, I think, is more junk," says Harold "Chappie" Chapman. "Most of us have downsized."

The 10th Annual Around Cincinnati Christmas special will air on Sunday, December 21 from 7-9pm. The program will revisit songs recorded in Cincinnati Public Radio’s Corbett Theatre over the years, as well as from wonderful CDs by talented local musicians. There will be readings and a couple of new holiday essays by Rick Pender and Dave Papin. Listeners will also hear a few new songs by the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, Zak Morgan, and one song written by Irv Rosen and recorded by Ed Moss, Lou Lausche and vocalist Pam Ross in 2004.

Holiday Happenings for you and your family

Dec 12, 2014

Santa swimming with sharks or rappelling down a skyscraper, live Nativity scenes, an authentic German Christmas market, a Victorian Christmas, all manner, types and styles of trains, lights and music -  there'’s even a Reindog parade. Greater Cincinnati knows how to enjoy the holidays. Tricia Suit, director of marketing for Downtown Cincinnati Inc.; Rebecca Calkin, manager of digital communication for ArtsWave; and Mike Deininger, co-owner of MiCA 12/v and president of the Central Vine Street Business Association, give us a sample of the many events around town that celebrate the season. For more information on holiday happenings, check out the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. and Artswave's Choose Your Own Holiday Arts Adventure sites.

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