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  • Alicia Hall Moran plays Bess to Nathaniel Stampley's Porgy in "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess." (Photograph by Michael J. Lutch)

    THEATER REVIEW: 'Porgy and Bess'

    '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.

  • The Evangelical Church of Malawi was ransacked, looted and burned Thursday as supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi took out their anger at Coptic Christians. (Associated Press)

    KELLNER: It's not a Merry Christmas for the persecuted church

    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."

  • Penguins, dressed in Santa Claus and Christmas tree costumes, parade through spectators during a Christmas event at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in South Korea as over half the population are Christians. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    SIMMONS: A season to be jolly all around the world

    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.

  • Runners, dressed as Santa Claus, and one dressed as Superwoman, take part in the 37th "Christmas Corrida Race" in the streets of Issy Les Moulineaux, on the western outskirts of Paris, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Half of America strips religion from Christmas

    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.

  • Family's video Christmas card goes viral

    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.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Fundamental' change: Killing Christmas

    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.

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  • Capitals Christmas video: The untold stories

    The Capitals' Christmas video shows off some of the extraordinary musical talents of Washington's favorite hockey team.

  • President Barack Obama hugs Santa at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Slate: Replace 'white' Santa with a penguin to end nonwhite kids' shame

    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.

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