Thanksgiving has come and gone, Black Friday is a memory and, with only 17 days until Christmas and 23 days until New Year’s Eve, ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. It’s a time of endless stress, rushing to and fro and a steady flow of invites clogging your inbox for office gatherings, cocktail parties, impromptu drinks with friends and an exasperating number of guilt-inducing family commitments.
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Here are a few pop culture tidbits that caught our eye last week.
For some, enjoying parties with friends and co-workers is the best part of the yuletide season. For other (ahem) more reluctant socializers, attending holiday parties is the psychic equivalent of walking through a minefield decorated with colored lights and pretty tinsel while a painfully jolly choir sings in the background.
Las Vegas dentist Lee Turner knows it happened — that he drove his Ford Escape into a light pole just more than a year ago.
“A 9/11 Christmas: A Christmas to Remember,” written and illustrated by Las Vegas author Michael Pascoe, follows the journey of a Douglas fir tree from Christmas Valley, Ore., to New York City in the wake of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks. Can Doug bring joy to a city in sorrow? At least one little girl who lost her father in the disaster finds comfort in the tree’s presence. In addition to writing, Pascoe has worked in magazine design and as a magician. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/9-11christmas.
SIERRA ESPINOSA INTERVIEWED STUDENTS AT GREEN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL:
Joshua Hager, science department chairman at the Las Vegas Academy, achieved the goal that many students strive to achieve, admission to Harvard University.
Every year, Arturo and his abuela decorate their Christmas tree with special ornaments, but in the new book “Arturo and the Navidad Birds” by Anne Broyles, illustrated by KE Lewis, there was one year when the tradition was nearly shattered.
This week’s literary highlights include a presentation at The Mob Museum by gaming history author David G. Schwartz.
It’s no snowmageddon, but lows in the 20s? Come on. We expect better than that from Las Vegas.