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Welcome to the December issue of News At Eight,
produced by Eight Marketing Co., LLC.
Thank you for
joining us. For this holiday edition, we offer an inside
look at our own memories of the holidays in
Philadelphia. We hope you enjoy it.
An Open Letter of Thanks
by Fran Feldman Walish, President
It’s been 25 years since I spent my first
holidays in Philadelphia. From my first exposure to the
Mummers in 1982 to watching the fireworks from a
hidden spot along the waterfront in 2004, the two
constants of the holidays in Philadelphia are that
is always something new to discover and always
someone willing to make it happen.
so much we take for granted in the City and so many
people we have to thank for allowing us this
Just think what the holidays would be
like without fireworks at Penn’s Landing. No light
show in the Wanamaker’s building. No Thanksgiving
Day Parade. No Mummers. No Nutcracker.
Each of these things was endangered at least once
during my time in Philadelphia. This is an open letter
of thanks to all the people who kept our holiday
The National Anthem Has An Extra Line at Army v. Navy
by Ashlea Morrell, Account Coordinator
For as long as I can remember, the holiday season
has always meant a family excursion to the
annual Army v. Navy game. Growing up the daughter
of a Naval Academy graduate and the niece of a
Navy Captain, I've been a mandatory Navy fan
I learned two things growing
up in this patriotic household. First, the National
Anthem has an extra line at the end -- “Beat Army.”
Second, the true lyrics to "The Battle Hymn of the
Republic” begin: “The goat is old and gnarly and
he’s never been to school.”
Only once did
this family trip venture anywhere but Philadelphia. In
that game, Navy kicker Ryan Bucchianeri missed a
field goal in the final seconds,
costing Navy the victory. From that point forward, a
missed kick has been “bucching it,”
and my father won't dare attend an Army v. Navy
game anywhere but Philadelphia.
Winter in Philadelphia
by Janet Tirado, Senior PR Associate
When my twins were small, their first winters were
spent in South Florida. They were too young to
understand, but I always knew something was
missing. After moving back to the area several years
ago, I rediscovered it -- winter in
The first time Matt and Cameron saw Rittenhouse
Square decorated for the holidays, their eyes
sparkled almost as brightly as the lights in the trees.
They caught snowflakes on their tongues, and played
with some of the dogs in the park.
wandered a bit, came to a cart, and ordered soft
pretzels. This impressed my son. “You can buy food
everywhere here,” Matt said. They had discovered
their own Winter Wonderland.
We still visit
Florida occasionally. I always ask the kids if they
ever want to move back there. Inevitably Cameron
says, “And miss Christmas? No way.”
The Eighth Day of Christmas Holds Steady in Price
PNC Bank again released the real cost of the Twelve
Days of Christmas in their annual survey. "Eight
Maids a Milking" are still working for minimum wage
($5.15 an hour), making the eighth day of Christmas
of the least costly at just $41.20.
Hager of PNC Bank for permission to quote the study.
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