Town Changes Decades Old Display Due to Legal Threats

Vernon, Connecticut has had a Christmas nativity display for decades. And it appears it will have one this year, too. But this year’s display will be different in that it will be smaller, relocated and surrounded by other winter religious symbols celebrating such holidays as Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, pagan winter solstice, [...]

Niceville Sounds Anything But

Niceville, Florida sounds like a friendly enough place. But in discussing what should be done about the traffic generated by a popular home Christmas display things have reportedly gotten nasty in Niceville. Resident Debbie Lewis, also known as the Christmas Lady, drew more than 5,000 people to her home last year to view her Christmas [...]

The (Light) Show Must Go On

Right on schedule, the public debates over Christmas lights on private property is intensifying. Today’s story comes from Manchester Township in York County Pennsylvania. This report from the York Dispatch tells the sordid tale: Todd Witte’s winter wonderland in Manchester Township is not going silently into the night. Despite objections by some neighbors to Witte’s spectacular [...]

The Munsters Scary Little Christmas

Are we mixing our seasons? Munsters fans know the original 1964 series was followed by two films (now out on DVD) starring the original cast. After that came the second series, The Munsters Today (a.k.a. The New Munsters) in 1988, then the telefilms Here Come the Munsters in 1995 and The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas in [...]

Todd Agnew and NewSong to Headline Christmas Tour

Todd Agnew will co-headline a Christmas tour with group NewSong this year, following his 2006 critically-acclaimed Christmas album Do You See What I See?. Agnew will also prepare for the Christmas season by creating a collection of performance tools for churches, using music from the Do You See What I See? project. The resource collection will be available starting 11 September along with a repackaged retail version of the album. In this 2 CD-ROM set, the package will include a Full Listening and Split Trax Audio with rehearsal ID points. The Listening disc will contain, as an enhancement, sheet music and chord charts both in PDF form and narrations in document form. The Split Trax contains the visual backgrounds and lyric text files for all of the songs. The image backgrounds are designed to help visualise and support the powerful lyrics of the songs, invoking thoughts of what each song means, causing listeners to consider what God might have them interpret as they meditate on the story of events that happened so many years ago. Commenting about the resource and Agnew’s creativeness, Tim McCarty, Pastor of Worship Ministries at Edgewoods Baptist Church in Edmonds in Washington says, “When I first heard Todd Agnew’s Do You See What I See?, I was just blown away. Besides the stirring music and great vocal lines, I quickly noticed how the entire CD is more of a story than just a bunch of songs. Through the well-thought-out lyrics, Agnew is able to retell the story of Christ’s birth in a fresh, exciting way. I am thrilled to see this new resource set available and I look forward to being able to use this collection in our church.” Along with the release of the resource disc, Agnew will be touring across the US as he co-headlines “The Christmas Promise Tour” with NewSong beginning the last weekend in November and running through mid-December. The tour will also feature US radio-favourite Matthew West and new Ardent Records’ singer/songwriter Joy Whitlock. Eddie Carswell, founder of NewSong, reflects, “Last year we had the honour of touring with Todd and the enthusiastic feedback we got was overwhelming. Some of our pastors said this was among the very best combinations of artistry and content they had ever experienced in a Christmas event. This year looks to be even more promising!”

Wham! fan fined for Christmas revel in May

A fan of the 1980s pop band Wham! tormented neighbours by playing their hit song Last Christmas all night.

Brian Turner repeatedly played the song at full volume from 1am onwards one night in May this year.

Now he has been silenced after becoming the first noise nuisance to be prosecuted by Newcastle city council’s night watch team.

Magistrates fined Turner, of Sandyford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, £200 and ordered him to pay £215 costs.

Gosforth magistrates were told that he was visiting friends in a nearby flat in the suburb of Walker on May 15 when he began playing the Christmas single, to the annoyance of the residents.

He played the hit by George Michael, whose hits with Wham! included Bad Boys and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, relentlessly from 1am to 4am.

Finally a neighbour snapped and called in the council noise squad, who eventually gave residents some peace by seizing the stereo.


Christmas Spirit!!!…of some sort…

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