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Old Time Kentucky: Remembering when state revelers welcomed the New Year by anvil firing

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist More than a few of our Kentucky forebears who sang “Silent Night” didn’t practice what they crooned. They noisily welcomed Christmas by shooting fireworks and firearms. But the biggest booms came from anvil-firing. Kentuckians forsook the custom long ago, possibly because it sometimes claimed lives and limbs. Even so, blasting anvils was popular from Paducah...

Tracking Santa: NORAD will be keeping satellite tabs on Jolly Old Elf’s travels tonight

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 61st Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey. The NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official...

Jeff Rubin: Fight holiday stress, depression, count your blessings — it’s not about the spending

According to the experts, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Between food shopping, present shopping, cooking, baking, present wrapping, work, kids, mailing lists, office parties, Christmas parties, who’s coming, who’s going; there’s hardly a moment left to catch our breath before it’s time for church. Yet, after the last present...

Kentucky State Police accepting donations for annual ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive

The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for its seventh annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 22. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec. 12. Collection sites for donations have been established at all of KSP’s 16 posts and six Commercial Vehicle Enforcement regional...

Sing along to the sounds of the season at Lexington Chamber Chorale’s Christmas in the Great Hall

The Lexington Chamber Chorale ushers in the holiday season with Christmas in the Great Hall at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at Second Presbyterian Church. This holiday concert features popular audience sing-along Christmas carols alongside ceremonial English Christmas music brought to life by the Chorale. On the subject of why the Chorale presents Christmas in the Great Hall annually, founding conductor...

Don McNay: Keep ghosts of Christmas past
at bay by reaching out to help those in need

“Well there must be some way I can lose these lonesome blues Forget about the past and find somebody new I’ve thought of everything from A to Z Oh lonesome me”   -Don Gibson (covered later by the Kentucky Headhunters)   Berke Breathed did a wonderful 1980’s comic strip called Bloom County. One of the characters would open up an anxiety closet where odd reactions to...

Don McNay: Keep ghosts of Christmas past at bay by reaching out to help those in need

“Well there must be some way I can lose these lonesome blues Forget about the past and find somebody new I’ve thought of everything from A to Z Oh lonesome me”   -Don Gibson (covered later by the Kentucky Headhunters)   Berke Breathed did a wonderful 1980’s comic strip called Bloom County. One of the characters would open up an anxiety closet where odd reactions to...

Marcus Carey's on the Marc: Christmas tree is not a violation of the First Amendment

Well, it’s almost Christmas, which means it is that time of year when once again the debate continues whether to call a decorated coniferous tree a “holiday tree” or a “Christmas tree” or some other name in order to give atheists their moment in the sun.   They can’t be content with the absence of faith in their own lives, so they need to prance their belligerence before the world...