The Christmas Issue

Dec 20, 2010
3:08 PM
The Revelator

Why must I separate?

A while back, reader Jim Place from Penacook e-mailed us the following: “I have a question about the trucks picking up our recycling. In Concord we’re supposed to separate paper and cardboard from cans and bottles, but I noticed that they are all dumped into one bin on the truck and mixed together in the truck. Why separate?” Well, Jim Place from Penacook, we would have gotten back to you sooner but we were busy dividing up our empty eggnog cartons from our bare bottles of rum. And when we weren’t doing that, we were drinking the said eggnog and rum. Sick of the creamy spiked beverage,…

Dec 20, 2010
3:14 PM
Ball & Chain

All I want for Christmas is Casper & Bill

Dear Casper and Bill, I need to get my boyfriend’s parents a snazzy Christmas present but I’m stumped. They’re pretty wealthy and seem to have everything they need. Any ideas of something small and sweet to get for them this holiday season? Dear stumped-no-more: We have the perfect solution to relieve you of deciding on something useless think about this. I’m only 5’ 6” ..considered…

Dec 20, 2010
3:17 PM
My year abroad

A different kind of festivity

I’m sitting in the airplane on my way to North Carolina. It’s great – not just the plane, but this whole journey. The U.S. is so big and I’m just very happy to say that I have already visited five states. It may sound very fancy when people from Europe talk about all the countries they have visited, but it’s not! I just need one hour to the Netherlands and two hours to Paris with the car. London is just…

Dec 20, 2010
3:21 PM

Missed Connections

That’s right – we’re bringing your favorite unedited, anonymous pick-up lines from Craiglist’s Missed Connections. Merry Christmas. Mcdonald’s Drive-thru Window - m4w - 34 (Concord Heights) I went through the drive thru last night and you were running the register at the first window. You had an issue with your drawer not working correctly when I came to the window. You are very sexy, with dark hair and a beautiful smile. I would really like to talk sometime, I hope you read this and respond. Bye. Cooking store - m4w - 39 (concord) you talked me into buying a new item and had a cool…

Dec 20, 2010
3:23 PM

This week in Concord history

Dec. 21, 1998: The Concord City Council orders City Manager Duncan Ballantyne to review the process used to rename 31 city streets after a prolonged furor over the issue. Ultimately, they say, some streets may revert to their old names. Dec 22, 1862: Nine days after the 5th New Hampshire Infantry was cut to pieces at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Captain James Larkin of Concord writes his wife back home that “there are several Concord people out here since the fight. . . . They had better come before a fight and bring a musket. They would do more good.” Dec. 23, 1865: Home at last eight months…

Dec 20, 2010
3:41 PM

What do you hate about Christmas?

Okay, so we know Christmas is supposed to be about love and warmth and happiness, but there are some things about it we downright don’t like. Long lines, cranky salespeople, traffic and hypercommercialization of the holiday season are a few of our least favorite things this time of year. Suspecting we weren’t alone in our discontent, we took to the mean streets to ask people what they hate most about Christmas.…