Christmas http://kmuw.org en Art: Images of Santa http://kmuw.org/post/art-images-santa <p></p><p>During the Christmas season, we are surrounded by images of Santa Claus-- yes, that jolly, rotund man with his famous white beard on a mission to deliver presents to children around the world. We see Santa surrounded by elves and reindeer at the North Pole, but where did this image of Santa Claus come from?</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Herkommer DeVries 28016 at http://kmuw.org Art: Images of Santa Richard Crowson: The Real Spirit of the Season http://kmuw.org/post/richard-crowson-real-spirit-season <p></p><p>For too long we have suffered under the delusion that the “spirit of the season” is sweetness and love. Truth is, nowadays it’s bitterness and hate! So here’s a seasonal song to fit our times:</p><p></p><p>Deck the next guy who says “Happy holidays!”</p><p>Hum-hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!</p><p>Tis the season to argue ‘bout Santa’s race!</p><p>Hum-hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!</p><p>Shop while you gripe that it’s too commercial!</p><p>Hum-hum-hum hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!</p><p>Everything’s now controversial!</p><p>Hum-hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:51:41 +0000 Richard Crowson 27921 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: The Real Spirit of the Season Past and Present: American Celebrations http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-american-celebrations <p></p><p></p><p>Traditionally, Christians marked December as the season of Advent, paralleling the role of Lent before Easter. Christmas celebrations were to <em>begin</em> at Christmas. That practice has been under siege for generations, with Christmas, it seems, now threatening to engulf Thanksgiving.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jay Price 27702 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: American Celebrations Past and Present: Holidays Gone Missing http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-holidays-gone-missing <p></p><p>During the past few years, the holiday shopping season has undergone a dramatic transformation. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Robert E. Weems Jr. 27047 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: Holidays Gone Missing Richard Crowson: Here Comes Christmas http://kmuw.org/post/richard-crowson-here-comes-christmas <p></p><p class="x_MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt; font-family:Times">Barreling relentlessly onward like some refrigerator-sized linebacker, whether we’re ready for it or not, determined to sack us many yards behind the line of scrimmage, comes Christmas.</span> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 10179 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: Here Comes Christmas Into It: Dark Christmas http://kmuw.org/post/it-dark-christmas-0 <p>Christmas celebrations are not all light and warm as we travel around the world.</p><p>Christmas in America is warm and fuzzy, stuffed with Santa, reindeer and helpful elves. We get little exposure to the more sinister, old-world European characters, a host of demonic bogeymen that have been adopted into the Christian tradition over time.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:33:57 +0000 Andrew Bales 10031 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Dark Christmas Donated Toys Make Christmas Brighter For Wichita Children http://kmuw.org/post/donated-toys-make-christmas-brighter-wichita-children <p>Thousands of families in Wichita will have a brighter Christmas this year due to donations to the Salvation Army.</p><p>At the former Big Dog Motorcycle building Monday volunteers helped sort through toys to be distributed later this week.</p><p>Two hundred sixty two students, faculty and staff from Friends University helped the Salvation Army prepare to distribute gifts to children donated through the Angel Tree program. Major Douglas Rowland says each year, the volunteers decorate the building, plus organize and assemble some of the toys.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:19:35 +0000 Carla Eckels 10022 at http://kmuw.org Donated Toys Make Christmas Brighter For Wichita Children Top Morning News 12.18.12 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-121812 <p><em>&nbsp;Vigil held for Topeka officers shot in drug deal bust; Salvation Army makes Christmas wishes come true; Brownback names his team for weight-loss challenge.</em></p><p><strong>Hundreds Attend Vigil For Slain Topeka Officers</strong></p><p>Hundreds of people Monday gathered for a candlelight vigil for the two Topeka police officers who were killed while on duty.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:16:37 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 10024 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 12.18.12 Richard Crowson: Remembering http://kmuw.org/post/richard-crowson-remembering <p></p><p></p><p class="x_MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:16.0pt; font-family:Times">We still send out Christmas cards the old-fashioned, analog, low-tech, snail-mail way at my house. And we have an old, well-worn address book that gets hauled out each year for the chore of addressing the envelopes. Sometimes we talk about going to a computerized list of friends and relatives – one that would enable us to print out mailing labels. But I just can’t do it.</span> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 9516 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: Remembering KS Christmas Tree Ornament Features Washburn University http://kmuw.org/post/ks-christmas-tree-ornament-features-washburn-university <p>The official state Christmas tree ornament for this year recognizes the 150th anniversary of the founding of Washburn University, which is coming up in 2015.</p><p>Governor Sam Brownback unveiled the ornament at the governor's residence Monday. Washburn President Jerry Farley called it an honor and noted the strong connection between the state and the school.</p><p>"Washburn has played an integral role in the history of the state from the very beginning," said Farley.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:34:32 +0000 Stephen Koranda 9055 at http://kmuw.org KS Christmas Tree Ornament Features Washburn University