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From column writing to sports photography and Spanish-language reporting, the staff of the Tucson Sentinel was recognized with a number of top awards announced by the Arizona Press Club. Read more»

You can’t convince people you’re a Christian or love the messages of Jesus when you’re hurting the most vulnerable for a political stunt. Read more»

For many Christians, traditions such as Nativity scenes help represent their beliefs in a particularly powerful way: by picturing Jesus within their own culture.

Among the most common Christmas traditions are small sets of figures depicting Joseph, Mary and Jesus that are displayed in individual homes, and around the world, it is common to see particular cultural and religious traditions incorporated into the Nativity scene. Read more»

The holidays often involve jubilant gift exchanges, renewed connections with family and friends, and treasured traditions, but can also be accompanied by a host of stressors - perhaps people can find balance by taking a few cultural cues from the Danes. Read more»

Why did she do all the work while Santa got all the glory? What would happen if she delivered the toys?

The writers who created Mrs. Claus were not just interested in filling in the blanks of Santa’s personal life - the poems and stories about Mrs. Claus spoke to women’s central role in the Christmas holiday and also provided a canvas to explore contemporary debates about gender. Read more»

On June 28, 1870, Congress passed the law that turned Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving Day into holidays for federal employees.

While Europeans participated in religious ceremonies to celebrate the birth of Jesus for centuries, Christmas trees and gift-giving on Dec. 24 in Germany did not spread to other European Christian cultures until the end of the 18th century and came to North America in the 1830s. Read more»

A candle is lit on each day of Kwanzaa to celebrate each of the Seven Principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics (building Black businesses), purpose, creativity and faith.

The weeklong celebrations of Kwanzaa, beginning on Dec. 26 this year, are a time of communal self-affirmation for the African-American community and a recognition that knowledge of Black history is worthwhile. Read more»

I don’t know why, but I love NORAD’s Santa Tracker. I open it on Christmas eve and watch Santa and his reindeer fly around the planet. Maybe it’s because I’m a geography buff or I just love the imagination with it. Read more»

Over the last eight months, the labor market has added more jobs than anticipated, which is one of the strongest streaks on record.

Economists weigh in as many Americans are wondering if a recession is looming, with the current U.S. inflation rate at 7.1%, interest rates rising and housing costs up. Read more»

A screenshot of the Pima Dems website.

Judging from the recent party reorganization meeting, it appears that inclusivity be damned when it comes to the leadership of the Pima County Democratic Party. Read more»

As 2022 winds down, the Tucson City Council picks up the pace to address issues on deadline.

The city manager is asking Tucson to fully subsidize public transit for another six months while searching for a permanent funding source. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

The napping elephant is the symbol of the Pima County Republican Party.

Any list of important democratic institutions must include the Republican Party. The party's failures in Pima County are adding an extra 20,000 votes to Democrats statewide and that's proving decisive. Read more»

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