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Two champage classes with body of water in background
Sheryn Morris, December 29, 2018

Champagne is a sparkling wine served on festive special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, or to ring in a new year), and to christen boats and ships (military or pleasure). Champagne has a legendary history and a certain cachet.


Collage of the Ghost of Christmas Present and Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' 1st Edition book, A Christmas Carol and the 1999 movie
Keith Chaffee, December 17, 2018

Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol was published on December 19, 1843.


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!


John Stark being cold on an LA beach
Tina Lerno, December 10, 2018

Winter in Los Angeles is a strange thing if you have grown up with “real winter” elsewhere. Where are the leaves changing colors, the bare winter branches...the snow?


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.


game show tote-board
Tina Lerno, December 31, 2017

January is the month for resolutions; making them, revising them, and keeping them.


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.


I'll Pick Myself a California Rose sheet music
Tina Lerno, December 28, 2017

New Year's Day marks the 130th Rose Parade®. Going strong since 1890, it’s been showcasing our beautiful Southern California weather and foliage to viewers around the country and the world. It all began when Pasadena Valley Hunt Club member Professor Charles F.


An eastern-hemisphere view showing noon in the Central European time zone on the day of winter solstice (on northern hemisphere - this is summer solstice on southern hemisphere). Wikimedia Commons
Eileen Ybarra, December 21, 2017

1) What is the Winter Solstice?

It is the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.


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.


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