For a quarter of a century now, WPRB DJ Jon Solomon has been staying up all night playing holiday music from Christmas Eve deep into Christmas evening. This year, to celebrate 25 years of 24-Hour Holiday Radio marathons, Solomon’s actually kicking things up a notch: He’s hosting a 25-Hour Holiday Radio Show.
Starting at 5 p.m. on 103.3 FM (and streaming on wprb.com) on December 24th and running through 6 p.m. on December 25th, Solomon will play unusual, off-beat and otherwise non-traditional Christmas, Hanukkah and other winter holiday music interspersed with listener-submitted radio stories. (As for what’s in store for that extra hour, Solomon says, “More show = more Christmas. I want to try and get to as many favorites as possible! This extra hour gives me some additional opportunities to do so!”)
We asked Solomon — who spun a set of Christmas-themed hip-hop at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle a couple of weeks back — to list his five favorite Christmas hip-hop cuts. He was happy to oblige.
“I love ‘Christmas In Hollis,'” says Solomon, “but there’s so much more to Xmas hip-hop than just Run-DMC.”
“Daddy,” my 5-year-old son asked me on Friday. “Why do we celebrate Christmas?”
This was a question I’d been expecting for a few weeks — and even for a few years. My wife and I both have long since taken the Christ out of our personal Christmases (we’d both had our crises of faith before we met each other) but continued, like so many people do, to celebrate a holiday packed with family traditions, and to renew them when T was born.
Just, you know, without the churchy stuff.
So probably the easiest thing to do, when T posed his question, would’ve been to take the advice of my colleague Simon van Zuylen-Wood: “Just talk about Santa. I don’t think I learned who Jesus was till I was 18.”
Keith Jordan and Adamo Ruggiero in 2009’s Make the Yuletide Gay.
It’s a week before Christmas and all through the house, not a holiday movie is playing because you didn’t know such a thing existed. Until now. I scoured the web to round up 10 films that are either totally gay or have prominent gay characters. I even found one starring Miss Richfield 1981.
Are you just a huge fan of the movie A Christmas Story? On Christmas Eve, Chip Roman’s Blackfish is hosting a dinner inspired by the classic holiday movie. All the dishes served from “Flick’s Frozen Tongue” (corned veal tongue) to “Don’t Forget Your Ovaltine” (Ovaltine mousse) are clearly inspired by the movie. The dinner is $55 per person and hopefully the Bumpus hounds don’t get to the turkey before you do.
This Saturday through Christmas Eve, Barbuzzo’sSalted Caramel Budino will be available for pick-up at neighboring Verde. The delicious dessert in a glass has won Best of Philly and just about every other award a dessert can.
No preorder is necessary, just stop in and pick up one. Or more likely, several as you won’t want to share.
Not enough money for Christmas presents? Yeah, I thought so. That’s because you spent too much money in 2013 on frivolous things. Well, that ship has sailed. But you don’t have to make the same mistake again. Here are a few tips for saving a few bucks in 2014 so you’ve got enough left over to actually buy your friends a few decent gifts next year.