Christmas

Christmas Shopping
9:26 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Toy Safety Report Warns Against Magnets And Very Loud Toys That Could Hurt Children

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This year’s survey of the most dangerous toys has turned up new hazards that are not always sold as toys. Magnets and watch batteries are causing concern among physicians in hospital emergency rooms.

The Trouble in Toyland report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group comes out just in time for the holiday shopping season each year, and commonly includes cautions about choking and strangulation hazards.

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World Festivals
9:08 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Beat The Devil To Prepare For St. Nick

Klausjagen, 2011. Men wearing Iffelen or Infuln, which are enormous, incredibly ornate paper / wood hats which resemble a cross between a bishop's mitre and a stained glass window.
Matthias Zepper Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, we'll learn about how folks prepare for the holidays by ridding their towns of evil. 

LA QUEMA DEL DIABLO

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KPAC Blog
2:43 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Presents Baroque In The Historic San Fernando

The San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio was founded in 1731 and is the oldest continually functioning religious community in Texas.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Fernando Cathedral is one of San Antonio’s most iconic and most storied buildings and when the San Antonio Symphony matched a special event to the building, a hit was created.

"It was so popular last year, especially in the San Fernando Cathedral, where the music matches the building," said San Antonio Symphony Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto.

"The cathedral was built during the Baroque period in the mid 18th century," she said.

The music the pared-down symphony of about 22 players will be playing is all baroque, as Fujimoto details.

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KPAC Blog
1:33 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Symphony And Ballet Present Christmas Staple, "The Nutcracker"

The Nutcracker
Still Life Photography

"The Nutcracker" is now an American Christmas tradition, but when Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky debuted the work in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, it wasn't a success. San Antonio Symphony’s Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto explains.

"You have to understand, until Tchaikovsky came along, ballet music was just ballet music," Fujimoto said. "It wasn’t appreciated for its own good, and Tchaikovsky single-handedly did that."

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Holidays in San Antonio
4:25 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Paseo Del Rio Getting Ready For Annual Christmas River Parade

Whoville float - or How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Eileen Pace TPR News

Paseo del Rio officials are checking their lists for decorations and lighting on 26 river barges that have to be ready by Friday for the big holiday river parade.    

Decorators in the Paseo marina below downtown San Antonio are working to string lights, build stages, and cover woodwork and electrical cords with layers of cotton that will make the barges look like they went through snow.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Mon November 25, 2013

500,000 Lights: Family's Christmas Display Sets World Record

Decorating their house and yard with more than 31 miles' worth of lights, an Australian family has reclaimed a Guinness world record in Canberra, Australia.
Guinness World Records 2014 is out now

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 12:28 pm

The Christmas decorating season is in full bloom in Australia, where a family's use of more than half a million lights has set a new world record. The Richards family's yard in Forrest, a suburb of Canberra, features a canopy of lights fanning out beneath a large tree whose trunk is wrapped in glowing colors.

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Home Video
11:50 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

A Holiday Tradition, "Mickey's Christmas Carol" On Blu-ray

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As the holidays draw near, I begin to look forward to a tradition at home. Each year we sit down and watch “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” And despite the fact that my kids are growing older, we never grow tired of watching.

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Arts & Culture
3:59 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

A Magik Night For 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at the Magik Theatre runs through December 21.
The Magik Theatre

The Magik Theatre begins its holiday season with a program they’ve done before. It’s called "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," a kind of morality tale pitting the bad kids against the good kids.

"It’s really a comedy, but eventually you realize it’s a comedy with a heart," said the Magik Theatre's Marketing Director Aimee Stead.

"These children, through this pageant and through this experience, learn a lot about generosity, love, and really seeing the good in other kids," Stead said.

Becky King has the pleasure of playing one of the bad kids from the Herdman family.

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World Festivals
2:49 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

In Switzerland, Competing To Be The Top Claus

Samnaun-Ravaisch, Switzerland
Wikimedia Commons

Did you think Santa Claus only delivered presents? Well, in Switzerland on the last weekend of November, would be Santa Clauses endure two grueling days of competition to find out who’s absolutely, positively the best Santa in the world. Now in its twelfth year, the Cla Wau event attracts participants from around the globe. The only requirement to enter is a Santa outfit, three co-conspirators, and an adventurous attitude.

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Military
4:06 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Red Cross Invites Community To Send Holiday Cards To Service Members

Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan joins fellow officers in signing holiday cards for the troops overseas
Eileen Pace TPR News

The San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross has joined hands with Joint Base San Antonio to kick off this year’s Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign.

The two-week drive invites local military personnel and civilians to take a minute to write their name or thoughts on a Christmas card for an active-duty service member or veteran.

Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, praised the Red Cross for the project and for keeping military members connected

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