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Tucson is ready to gather Christmas trees at recycling drop off sites

The TreeCycle program is gathering trees at nine locations throughout Tucson and Oro Valley from Dec. 26 to Jan. 17.... Read more»

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Happy holidays, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Tucson Sentinel!

Whether you celebrate a specific holiday or prefer to mark the longer nights and chillier days of winter in some other way, as we near the end of the year, you have the best wishes of all of us at the Tucson Sentinel.... Read more»

The magnificent history of the maligned and misunderstood fruitcake

Nothing says Christmas quite like a fruitcake – or, at the very least, a fruitcake joke - and haters and disrespect aside, fruitcake is still a robust American tradition: The website Serious Eats reports that over 2 million fruitcakes are still sold each year.... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Christmas & New Year's

The Christmas and New Year's holidays fall on a Saturday this year, so various institutions are handling the the holiday differently. ... Read more»

Analysis

How Mrs. Claus embodied 19th-century debates about women’s rights

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»

Happy holidays from everyone at TucsonSentinel.com!

Raise a glass to those who've passed, those who've endured — & a better New Year in 2022

Ordinarily, we'd be inviting all our readers to join us in person to celebrate the holiday season. We holding off on that again this year, but want to pass along our heartfelt best wishes as we mark the longest night of the year — and brighter days to come.... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: The cliché that stole Build Back Better

I’m just having some fun here with my colleagues because I saw at least four Grinch/Manchin cartoons today before noon. OK, I’m exaggerating. It may have been 1 p.m.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: 'Little Shooter Boy' Rittenhouse

America’s Little Shooter Boy is aiming (pun intended) for a great Christmas…for himself. Kyle Rittenhouse is being wined and dined by what used to be the Republican establishment. Today, it’s a cult.... Read more»

How Christmas became an American holiday tradition, with Santa Claus, gifts & a tree

Each season, Christmas has conservatives complaining about the commercialization of the holiday, and many people believe there was once a way to celebrate the holiday in a more spiritual way - but such perceptions about Christmas celebrations have little basis in history. ... Read more»

Christmas playlist: The all-time best holiday songs

It might be getting just cold enough in Tucson to gather around the hearth, but here are some holiday songs to warm your heart whether you have a fireplace or not — and some to make you nod your head and play air guitar. With hours of music spread over dozens of songs, these Christmas classics will liven your spirits, even if we're not gathering in festive crowds again quite yet. ... Read more»

'Twas the night before Christmas' helped make the modern Santa – and led to a literary whodunit

The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known as “‘Twas the Night before Christmas,” has inspired the modern image of Santa Claus as a jolly old man sporting red and a round belly - but the poem has been steeped in controversy, leading to a literary whodunit.... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: Fox's flaming fir

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace surprised viewers and many of his colleagues yesterday by announcing that this would be his last show and he was leaving the network, effective immediately. Shortly after, CNN announced the hiring of Wallace to be an anchor on their upcoming streaming service, CNN Plus.... Read more»

Carillo school's 85th Las Posadas continues Tucson Christmas tradition on Friday

The 85th annual Las Posadas celebration will be held at The Carrillo Communications and Creative Arts Magnet School on Friday, Dec. 10. ... Read more»

Fewer Christmas trees in Oregon means fewer trees in Arizona

Extreme weather in the Pacific Northwest and supply chain bottlenecks everywhere have left Christmas tree lots across the country scrambling this holiday season. ... Read more»

Tucson is putting on the holidays

From Winterhaven to the Historic Canoa Ranch, the Tucson area is preparing for a Yuletide celebration.... Read more»

Cullen: Omicron inevitably 'dominant' in Pima County; COVID cases will rise with holiday gatherings

The new Omicron variant is expected to soon arrive in Pima County, and new COVID-19 infections will increase even before that as people are exposed during holiday gatherings, Pima County Health Director Theresa Cullen said.... Read more»

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