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A santa and a ghost decoration on a porch
Daniel Tures, December 16, 2020

Ghost stories have been shared as long as we have wondered what happens to us after we die, and sought to connect with spirits of the departed. Midwinter is the perfect time for them. The nights grow long and dark, and winter weather brings us together to huddle around the fire and share tales.


A Charlie Brown Christmas album cover with tinsel decoration
Daniel Tures, December 09, 2020

The first Charlie Brown television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, debuted on CBS on December 9, 1965.


detail from an illustration of Alice holding the "drink me" bottle
Christa Deitrick, January 03, 2020

Every January in the Literature & Fiction department, we put up a display with the theme This Year I Will…. The display features a variety of books on aspirational topics, such as acting technique, how to write poetry, careers in journalism, brushing up your grammar skills, and so on.


View of the Rose Bowl entrance flanked by tall palms on either sides
Tina Lerno, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year, Happy Rose Bowl, Happy Football! Did you know that the Rose Bowl Stadium is nearing its 100th year? The story of the Rose Parade and the subsequent football games have been going on long before.


3 women eating fruitcake
Photo Friends, December 19, 2019

Ready for the holidays? Hungry?


cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows
Tina Lerno, December 13, 2018

December 13 is National Cocoa Day. Don't confuse it with Hot Chocolate Day, which is its own holiday and celebrated on January 31. I thought they were the same thing but after a bit of research realized the terms are used interchangeably, and they are actually two different beverages!


three wise men on a float
Edwin Rodarte, January 06, 2018

On January 6th, twelve days after Christmas, Epiphany is celebrated, also known as Three Kings Day. This tradition has its roots in the Christian religion and celebrates the baptism of Jesus as well as the arrival of the three Magi.


Couple at Nightclub, 1962
Neale Stokes, December 28, 2017

What will you eat this New Year's Eve? However we plan to celebrate the new year, Angelenos have a lot of dinner options this December 31st—from buck-fifty street tacos to a $285 tasting menu at Spago.


Snowman carrying giant oranges
Tina Lerno, December 20, 2017

Have you ever received an orange in your holiday stocking; did you ever wonder why?

Out here in Los Angeles, if you are dreaming of a snowy holiday season, you might have a very long wait.


lots of ugly sweaters
Tina Lerno, December 06, 2017

It’s December, which means it's ugly sweater weather!


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