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What is the meaning of Christmas:
Christmas (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ‘s Mass“) is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days ofChristmastide. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of theChristmas and holiday season.
The precise year of Jesus’ birth, which some historians place between 7 and 2 BC, is unknown. His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East. The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived, as well as the date of celebration of the southern solstice (i.e., the Roman winter solstice), with a sun connection being possible because Christians consider Jesus to be the “Sun of righteousness” prophesied in Malachi 4:2.
The original date of the celebration in Eastern Christianity was January 6, in connection withEpiphany, and that is still the date of the celebration for the Armenian Apostolic Church and inArmenia, where it is a public holiday. As of 2012, there is a difference of 13 days between the modern Gregorian calendar and the older Julian calendar. Those who continue to use the Julian calendar or its equivalents thus celebrate December 25 and January 6 on what for the majority of the world is January 7 and January 19. For this reason, Ethiopia, Russia, Ukraine,Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, and the Republic of Moldova celebrate Christmas on what in the Gregorian calendar is January 7; the Church of Greece and all Greek OrthodoxChurches celebrate Christmas on December 25.
The popular celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix ofpre-Christian, Christian and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.
What is the meaning New Year:
New Year is the time at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count is incremented. In many cultures, the event is celebrated in some manner. The New Year of the Gregorian calendar, today in worldwide use, falls on 1 January, as was the case with the Roman calendar. There are numerous calendars that remain in regional use that calculate the New Year differently.
The order of months in the Roman calendar was January to December since King Numa Pompilius in about 700 BC, according to Plutarch and Macrobius. According to Catholic tradition, 1 January is the day of thecircumcision of Jesus (on the eighth day from his birth), when the name of Jesus was given to him (Luke 2:21).
It was only relatively recently that 1 January again became the first day of the year in Western culture. Until 1751 in England and Wales (and all British dominions) the new year started on 25 March – Lady Day, one of the four quarter days (the change to 1 January took place in 1600 in Scotland). Since then, 1 January has been the first day of the year. During the Middle Ages several other days were variously taken as the beginning of the calendar year (1 March, 25 March, Easter, 1 September, 25 December).[where?] In many countries, such as the Czech Republic, Italy and the UK, 1 January is a national holiday.
With the expansion of Western culture to many other places in the world during recent centuries, the Gregorian calendar has been adopted by many other countries as the official calendar, and the 1 January date of New Year has become global, even in countries with their own New Year celebrations on other days (such as China and India). In the culture of Latin America there are a variety of traditions and superstitions surrounding these dates[clarification needed] as omens for the coming year. The most common modern dates of celebration are listed below, ordered and grouped by their appearance relative to the conventional Western calendar.
Diversity News Magazine Special Print Edition Holiday Issue Featuring Joe Mantegna from Criminal Minds
On Friday, December 21, 2012 Diversity News Publications published
Diversity News Magazine Special Print Edition Holiday Issue Featuring Joe Mantegna from Criminal Minds.
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Dr. Baron’s Medical Clinic Staff Private Christmas Dinner Party at Cafe Sierra Hilton Universal City
On Saturday, December 15, 2012 Dr. Baron’s Medical Clinic held their annual Staff Private Christmas Dinner Party at Cafe Sierra Universal Hilton Hotel located at 555 Universal Hollywood Drive in Universal City, CA 91608 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
The event featured all you can eat from Sierra Cafe known as ”The Only Las Vegas Style Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet in L.A.” Café Sierra is located high atop the Hollywood Hills inside the gleaming tower of Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City next to the world renowned Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal City Walk.
Published book author Lourdes Duque Baron, Dr. Baron’s wife autographed various books of Scripted In Heaven for special guests including Dr. Baron’s medical interns.
Among the guests were Fashion and Producer Boy Lizaso, medical doctors, Diversity News Magazine photographer/writer Stella Gomez and Dr. Baron’s Medical Clinic billing and collections staff. All the guests, friends and family of the Baron’s appear to enjoy each other companies.
Photos credit to: Tzuming Sun for Diversity News Magazine published by Diversity News Publications.
Editor’s Note: Story to be updated soon with names of most of the attendees please come back soon. Thank you.
PADRES, an organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families conducted a bone marrow drive at L.A. LIVE to try and help find a match for a child in need.
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American Idol’s Season 10 finalist Stefano Langone participated in the festivities and registered to donate. Attached and below, please find images from the Season of Giving event at L.A. LIVE.
About PADRES Contra El Cáncer (PADRES): is an organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. PADRES programs, and services, while primarily designed for the Latino community, serve childhood cancer patients from ALL ethnic and economic backgrounds, so that no family is ever turned away. Celebrating 27 years of service, PADRES brings together children, families, healthcare professionals and community leaders to promote a comprehensive understanding of childhood cancer and other blood disorders as well as effective methods for treatment. Since 2005, actress Eva Longoria has served as the organization’s National Spokesperson. To learn more about PADRES, please visit http://www.IAmHOPE.org, http://www.facebook.com/
About AEG’s Season of Giving: is an initiative designed to raise funds and generate awareness in support of non-profit organizations working on issues of hunger, homelessness and healthcare. During the month of December, a different non-profit organization will be highlighted during a brief program at the Los Angeles Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE.
Photos credit to: Joe Kohen/Invision for AEG/AP Images
Sources: PMK•BNC, Wikipedia
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On Friday, November 30, 2012 for the first time in 100 years, the historic Venice Sign display welcomes the holiday season and trades–in standard issue white lights for red-and-green colored bulbs inspired by local restaurateur Daniel Samakow.
The Band Venice opened the scene for the arrival of Robert Downey Jr. and LA Councilman Bill Rosendahl. They received an outstanding welcome from the Venice Community. The event started at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Historical Venice Sign Inaugural flip of the switch by actor and Venice resident Robert Downey Jr. along with Councilman Rosendahl. Bill Rosendahl presented the LAPD Pacific Division with a certificate of appreciation from the City for their annual toy drive. The event ended with the Arrival of Santa and Mrs Claus on Venice Beach #63 Hook and Ladder Fire Truck.
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Attendees that brought new, unwrapped children’s toys to benefit “The Muscle Beach Toy Drive” received a wristband to discount specials at the Windward Holiday Crawl. Onlookers received complimentary Egg Nog, coffee, and hot chocolate sponsored by The Townhouse.
The Venice Sign holiday lighting was a free event sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, the Venice Chamber of Commerce, and Windward Avenue Merchants.
Photos credit to: Gisele Rebeiro from PartyBy5.com
Featuring: BrittiCares Give Life For Christmas Blood Drive December 15, 2012 to be held at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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Joe Mantegna Named Grand Marshal of The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting The Marine Toys for Tots on Nov. 25th
DEAN CAIN TO HOST MUSICAL PORTION OF PARADE TELECAST.
Grandstand Parade Tickets Are On Sale Now!!!
Hollywood, CA – (November 1, 2012) – Film/Television/Stage Star, Tony Award and Emmy Award -Winning and Golden Globe Award-Nominated Actor, JOE MANTEGNA (“Glengarry Glen Ross” – Broadway, “Bleacher Bums” – PBS, “Criminal Minds,” “The Rat Pack,” “The Godfather: Part III,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “The Starter Wife,” “The Last Don,” National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum) will serve as Grand Marshal of The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots. The parade will be presented live by The City of Los Angeles and Associated Television International in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, November 25, 2012 starting with a Pre-Parade Show Spectacular at 5:30 p.m., with the Parade commencing at 6:30 p.m.
Erik Estrada (“World’s Funniest Moments,” “CHiPS”) and Laura McKenzie (“World’s Funniest Moments,” “Laura McKenzie’s Traveler”) will serve as Broadcast Hosts of the parade and Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”) will serve as Host of the music portion of the nationally televised special of the parade airing on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 10, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time/Pacific Standard Time) and 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) and on the Hallmark Movie Channel on Friday, December 21, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time/Pacific Standard Time) and 5:00 p.m. (Central Time). The parade is then scheduled to air in syndication across the country and internationally via the American Forces Network, reaching 177 military bases and embassies globally. For exact air dates and times, please check local television listings. Elizabeth Stanton (“Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World”) and Rob Pinkston (“Punk’d,” “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide”) will serve as Parade Roving Reporters.
Presenting Sponsors of The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots include The City of Los Angeles, the Hallmark Channel and Associated Television International, which is executive producing the live parade and the telecast of it. Hollywood’s Santa Parade, LLC serves as a producer of the live parade. Community Sponsors include: Author Services, Metro, Twin America and Sister Cities.
Joe Mantegna said: “I am honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of this year’s 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots. It means a great deal to me to part of this fine American tradition that has brought wonderful holiday cheer to millions over its 80-year history. In my family Christmas is one of most joyous times of the year. Let’s celebrate together in the streets of Hollywood on November 25th. See you then!”
Jim Romanovich and David Martin, Executive Producers for Associated Television International and Hollywood Christmas Television Parade, LLC, will oversee the live and televised national broadcasts of The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade. Romanovich said: “We’re delighted to have the multi-faceted consummate film and television star, Joe Mantegna, serve as our Grand Marshal. We’re also proud to welcome back the Marine Toys for Tots as part of this year’s celebration. The exceptional work they do in bringing the joy of Christmas to less fortunate children is a cause that has been embraced by communities throughout the nation.”
Bill Lomas, producer of the live parade and president of Hollywood’s Santa Parade, LLC, said: “This year’s parade will be a visual and aural feast for parade attendees. The parade will feature the best bands in United States, along with live performers, celebrities, equestrians, balloons, floats, specialty characters and novelties and the man of the hour, Santa Claus.”
“Angelenos have always had a tremendous sense of community. The Hollywood Christmas Parade is a festive event that truly embodies the holiday spirit and giving back,” said Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. “It is a fun way to bring the community together every year and I am pleased to share in the Hollywood holiday magic.”
View Diversity News team photos of last year 2011 Hollywood Hollywood Christmas Parade coverage.
“The Hollywood Christmas Parade is one of L.A.’s favorite holiday traditions and a great way for us to showcase this dynamic neighborhood. I encourage everyone to bring their family to this free, fun event,” said Councilmember Eric Garcetti (Thirteenth District), who represents Hollywood Boulevard where the parade will take place.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge (Fourth District) added: “This is the greatest parade in the city. Nowhere else can you see so many families and so many smiles. Come for the fun and leave on the Red Line!”
Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks (Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel) said: “Hallmark Channel’s COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS is all about celebrating timeless traditions. One of the greatest holiday traditions is giving to others. That’s why Hallmark Channel is proud to be the official cable television partner for Marine Toys for Tots, an organization dedicated to bringing children Christmas joy for more than 60 years. We are grateful to have our networks, Toys for Tots and the Parade come together to help kids, and we are proud to have The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots on our air.”
Lieutenant General Pete Osman, USMC (Ret), President and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation said: “Toys for Tots truly appreciates being selected as the charity partner of The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade. We believe our presence in the parade will offer a reminder to families across the nation to think of those less fortunate this holiday season. By donating a new unwrapped toy or by making a cash contribution to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, we will be able to bring smiles to children on Christmas morning who otherwise might be forgotten.”
A Pre-Parade Show Spectacular, commencing at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 25th, will take place on the Red Carpet Grandstand area of the parade featuring the talents of “American Idol” finalist, singer Kimberley Locke; magician Joel Ward of Masters of Illusion; performers from Cirque de Soleil’s “IRIS;” the performance artists, Jabowakeez; singer Ashlee Keating; performers from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the gay and lesbian choir, West Coast Singers.
The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots will feature over 100 celebrities from film, television and stage; 20 Award-Winning Bands (including 12 from the state of California and 8 from out of state – Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee, and the United States Marine Corps Color Guard; 9 Colorful Equestrians; 6 Ornate Floats; 7 Spectacular Live Performers; 15 Festive Balloons and 27 Popular Characters/Novelties.
The parade will travel on a U-shaped 3.2 mile route throughout Hollywood, CA starting at Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard, traveling East onto Hollywood Boulevard turning South onto Vine Street, and then traveling West onto Sunset Boulevard back to Orange Street. 5,000 plus people will participate in this year’s parade. 10,000 square feet of Red Carpet will blanket Hollywood Boulevard in front of the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (the official starting point for the parade) on a lavishly holiday adorned “live set” where Associated Television International will tape the parade for national televised broadcasts on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel to be aired during the holiday season.
Watch Diversity News TV coverage of the 2011 Hollywood Christmas Parade
Grandstand tickets for The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots are now on sale!!! Parade attendees can view the event in style and comfort. Reserved Grandstand Seating for The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots are now available for purchase within Associated Television International’s “live set” area located on Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Street and Highland Avenue.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, including Ticketmaster.com (search for Hollywood Christmas Parade), select Walmart locations, select Simon Mall locations, Curacao locations or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. Here is a direct link for buying tickets online: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0900495F637E1D4D?artistid=1796731&majorcatid=10003&minorcatid=54. All seats are reserved at the time the order is placed. There are no refunds or exchanges. Group Discounts are available. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
For Information Only about the parade, please the 24/7 Parade Hotline toll fee at 1-866-PARADE1 (866-727-2331).
Free Curbside Seating will be available along the entire parade route, starting East of the Grandstand Seating area on Hollywood Boulevard. One of the easiest ways to get to the parade is to take Metro. There are two stations located on the parade route, one at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, and another at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. For further information or to plan the best route, use the Metro Trip Planner at www.metro.net.
There are numerous Parking Lots in close proximity to the parade route, including Grant Parking lots located throughout Hollywood, as well as at the Hollywood & Highland Shopping Complex accessible from Highland Avenue, near Hollywood Boulevard. Most lots are paid parking. Please contact individual parking lots for pricing.
For updates and further information about The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots, please call 1-866-PARADE1
(1-866-727-2331) and visit www.facebook.com/xmasparade.
The 2012 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots Participants Will Include:
20 Bands (including 12 from the state of California; 8 from out of state – Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee, and the United States Marine Corps Color Guard: Banning High School Mighty Marching Pilots (Wilmington, CA); Beckman High School Band (Tustin, CA); Bellflower High School (Bellflower, CA); Cherry Creek High School Band (Greenwood Village, CO); Columbus North High School (Columbus, IN); Dana Middle School Band (Pico Rivera, CA); Fountain Valley High School Band (Fountain Valley, AZ); Guatemala Marching Band (Republic of Guatemala in Central America); Golden Valley High School (Merced, CA); Indiana Area Senior High School Band (Indiana, PA); James F. Byrnes High School Band (Duncan, S.C.); Long Beach Junior Concert Band (Long Beach, CA); Loso High School Band (Rancho Cucamungo, CA); McQueen High School (Reno, NV); Monache High School Band (Porterville, CA); Norwalk High School Band (Norwalk, CA); Penn High School Band (Misgawaka, IN); Santa Ana High School Band (Orange County, CA); Science Hills High School (Johnson City, TN); Villa Park High School Band (Villa Park, CA) and United States Marine Corps Band (San Diego, CA).
9 Equestrians: Broken Horn Ropers; C-Star Pleasure Riders; Charros De La Puente; Mario’s Andalusians; Painted Ladies Drill Team; Rancho La Laguna; San Diego Farms; Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society and The War Horse Foundation.
6 Floats: Knott’s Berry Farms (Charlie Brown Characters); LA City Tours; Santa Claus; Sparks Ole Skool Dance Crew with Sparks The Dog; United States Mini Jets with a Three Star General and Wells Fargo Stagecoach.
15 Balloons: Astronaut; Cowboy; Two Ginger Bread Kids; The Grinch; Horton The Elephant; Oscar The Grouch; Black Flag; Pirate; Treasure Chest; Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer; Santa Elmo; Santa Kermit The Frog; Toy Soldier and Lorax.
27 Characters/Novelties: Archibald Mouse; Cool Cat; Hoops & Yo Yo (Hallmark Channel); Loara High School Cheerleaders (Anaheim, CA); Mountain Fife and Drums; San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Cheetah and Lizard); Sparks Ole Skool Dance Crew with Sparks The Dog; and Nate Truman’s Star Car Central (Vintage Hollywood Cars): “A-Team;” “Adam 12” Mark; “Back To The Future;” “Batman” Batmobile 1966; “Batman” Batmobile 1992; “Blues Brother” Cop Car; “Bullitt” Mustang; Bumblee Transformations; General Lee; “Herbie;” “James Bond” DB5; “Jurassic Park” Jeep; “Jurassic Park” SUV; “Knight Rider” Kitt; “Knight Rider” Kitt (Shelby Mustang); “Magnum P.I.;” “Pee Wee Herman” Bike; “Shaguar;” “Smokey and the Bandit;” “Starsky and Hutch” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Van.
Over 100 Celebrity participants in the parade will soon be announced.
PARADE ROAD CLOSURES:
Saturday, November 24, 2012 (Day Before The Parade):
- 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning Hollywood Boulevard from Orange Street to Highland Avenue
- Orange Street from Hollywood Boulevard South to the alley North of Hawthorne Street
- Re-opening Monday, November 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 25, 2012 (Parade Day):
- Hollywood Boulevard from LaBrea Avenue to Orange Street 6:00 a.m.
Re-opening at 10:00 p.m.
- Hawthorne Avenue, DeLongpre Avenue, Fountain Avenue from LaBrea Avenue to Highland Avenue at 1:00 p.m. Re-opening at 9:00 p.m.
- El Cerrito Place from Hollywood Boulevard to Franklin Avenue at 1:00 p.m.
Re-opening at 8:00 p.m.
- Sycamore Street, Orange Street from Franklin Avenue to Fountain Avenue at
1:00 p.m. Re-opening at 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 25, 2012 (Parade Day)
- Sunset Boulevard from LaBrea Avenue to Highland Avenue at 1:00 p.m.
Re-opening at 10:00 p.m.
- East side of LaBrea Avenue from Hollywood Boulevard to Sunset Boulevard at 4:00 p.m. Re-opening at 7:00 p.m.
- Highland Avenue from Franklin Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard at 4:00 p.m. Re-opening at 9:00 p.m.
- Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Gower Street at 4:00 p.m.
Re-opening at 9:00 p.m.
- Vine Street from Franklin Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard at 4:00 p.m.
Re-opening 9:00 p.m.
- Sunset Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Gower Street at 4:00 p.m.
Re-opening at 9:00 p.m.
- Sunset Boulevard from Highland Avenue to LaBrea Avenue at 3:00 p.m.
Re-opening at 10:00 p.m.
Freeway Closures: Hollywood Freeway, Highway 101
- Northbound and Southbound off ramps from Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue will be closed at 3:00 p.m. Re-opening at 10:00 p.m.
No Parking Posting:
- On Thursday, November 22, 2012 posting will begin on those streets that will be designated NO PARKING for Saturday, November 24, 2012, Sunday, November 25, 2012 through Monday morning, November 26, 2012.
About The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program:
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 65th year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy or book during the holiday season. Their gifts offer these children hope, recognition, and a positive memory they will cherish for a lifetime. Many of the books, games, and sports equipment that we provide as gifts make a significant contribution to the educational, social and recreational development of these children. In 2011, Marines distributed 15.6 million toys to more than 7.2 million children who might not have otherwise experienced the magic of the Christmas holiday season. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation relies on individual donations from the American public as well as support from corporate sponsors. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.
Become a fan of Marine Toys for Tots on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/toysfriends and donate online to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation at www.toysfortots.org/donate/default.asp.
About Associated Television International:
Associated Television International (ATI) is an Emmy Award-winning company that has been successfully producing and distributing television series, specials and feature films for over three decades. ATI’s programs have aired on all U.S. broadcast networks, major cable channels and with television partners all over the world. Current series in production include: “Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World,” “World’s Funniest Moments,” and the Emmy Award-nominated “Laura McKenzie’s Traveler.” ATI is also producing Marie Osmond’s new daily talk program “Marie,” on Hallmark Channel. Recent television specials include “Inside Story: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance” for the A&E Television Networks. ATI has also been Emmy Award-nominated for its socially conscious programming and won for “America’s Invisible Children: The Homeless Education in America” and “On the Edge: The Poverty Crisis in Africa.” For more information, please visit www.associatedtelevision.com.
About Hallmark Channel:
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a
24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of nearly 87 million subscribers. Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading destination for quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies and specials, as well as some of television’s most beloved sitcoms and series, including “The Golden Girls,” “Frasier,” “Little House on the Prairie,” and “The Waltons.” The channel is also home to a diverse range of lifestyle programming, including the newly-launched “Home & Family,” a daily two-hour live show shot in a fully functional house located on the Universal Studios lot and “Marie,” a one-hour talk show hosted by iconic entertainer, Marie Osmond. Hallmark Channel’s sibling network, Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies, and special events. For more information, please visit www.hallmarkchannel.com. Become a fan of Hallmark Channel on www.facebook.com/hallmarkchannel. Follow us @HallmarkChannel on www.twitter.com/#!/hallmarkchannel. Check in on www.getglue.com/hallmarkchannel.
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Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, literally “Christ‘smass“) is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural holiday by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes theAdvent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
The popular celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations, including Christmas trees, lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas and Kris Kringle among other names, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.
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2009 STEVEN ESCOBAR AND DIVERSITY NEWS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
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