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Latest Christmas Items
'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" will be performed at the National Theatre Christmas week, the same time "Elf the Musical" is at the Kennedy Center and the Washington Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is at the Warner Theatre. At first glance, a show about addiction, abusive relationships and a natural disaster might not be the most natural fit for the holiday season. Yet Sumayya Ali, who will play the role of the struggling young mother Clara in the production, argues that in an unexpected way, "Porgy and Bess" might be the perfect show for Christmas.
Christmas is different things to different people it seems, and that's no surprise. For most, if recent surveys are correct, it's just a wonderful time to reconnect with family and friends, exchange presents, and, perhaps, consume too many calories. This week, the District-based Public Religion Research Institute reported "more than one-quarter (26 percent) of Americans celebrating Christmas this year will do so largely as a non-religious holiday."
It's not a most wonderful time of the year for all Americans, as 1.3 million face a loss of unemployment benefits if Congress doesn't act by Dec. 28.
Nine out of 10 Americans do Christmas and three-quarters believe in the biblical account of Jesus' birth — but only a little more than half actually regard the holiday primarily as a religious celebration.
The Holderness family of Raleigh, N.C., has released a new video version of their family Christmas card. In less than a week, the video has more than 2 million views on YouTube.
On Dec. 15, a friend and I went to a "Christmas" concert held at the Marine Barracks in Washington. This band, "the President's Own," regularly performs at the White House. There was no National Anthem sung, and not one Christmas song played — not even one of the secular variety. The audience was wished "Happy Holidays" after they were regaled by the Big Band music of Duke Ellington. While very well performed and pleasant to hear, it was most assuredly not about Christmas.
The Capitals' Christmas video shows off some of the extraordinary musical talents of Washington's favorite hockey team.
In order to save kids from racial insecurity, Santa Claus' inherent whiteness (and humanity) should be done away with, according to Slate's Aisha Harris.