Christmas - How are Latrobeans celebr...

Christmas - How are Latrobeans celebreating this year?

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Christmas in Latrobe

Greensburg, PA

#1 Dec 11, 2012
Any homes have really good light displays?

Are shopping patterns up or down?

Any military kids missing their daddys?

Any elderly in need of a ride to church?

IS there still a meal being served at the new congregation on Main Street?

Just wondering...
jerry

Chicago, IL

#2 Dec 11, 2012
the town will contnue to celebrate Pango

Since: Jan 11

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#3 Dec 11, 2012
In Latrobe, there will be dancing around the Festivus parking meter and the airing of grievances.(I've always wondered whether the airing of grievance was a Latrobe invention.) Later, after some libations, feats of strength at the Grub & Pub.

Regionally, a few Christmas tree fires, fatal accidents on icy roads, and a couple of child murders. All the usual western Pennsylvania holiday traditions.

"Coming up on Action News: A Swissvale family is homeless after a late-night fire."

"A Monessen father of three is accused of killing his wife and children. More at 11."

"Tonight: A church van collides with a coal truck. Six killed, one survivor in critical condition."

Watching the Pittsburgh news during the holidays is one of the most depressing things I've ever known.
Christmas in Latrobe

Greensburg, PA

#4 Dec 11, 2012
Jim Moz wrote:
Watching the Pittsburgh news during the holidays is one of the most depressing things I've ever known.
Not to go way off-topic, but watching any of the Pittsburgh news stations, any time of year, was always terribly depressing. West Coast news was educational, world news, business news, news that meant something. It's always seemed to me that Pittsburgh stations cater to the lowest common denominator, and try to find the most toothless, ill-spoken humans that they can find to interview.
Midnight Mass

Greensburg, PA

#5 Dec 11, 2012
Does Holy Family still have a midnight mass?

Do Protestant churches have midnight masses?

Is there a caroling event scheduled for downtown or in the neighborhoods?
Redneck

Latrobe, PA

#6 Dec 11, 2012
Christmas in Latrobe wrote:
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Not to go way off-topic, but watching any of the Pittsburgh news stations, any time of year, was always terribly depressing. West Coast news was educational, world news, business news, news that meant something. It's always seemed to me that Pittsburgh stations cater to the lowest common denominator, and try to find the most toothless, ill-spoken humans that they can find to interview.
I used to think it was only this area that had a comedy/tragedy format for local news...all channels programmed to cover the same things in the same sequence. But I found the same programming script in Orlando...start with a shooting, then a house fire and then the ever present story for the animal lovers...then a weather blurb...and then on to a candlelight vigil for some doper who got shot who happened to be the nicest kid that everyone loved according to a family member.

It's like all news channels follow the same script engineered by a psych-ops team of behavioral experts. Some might even think itís a propaganda tool to keep people misinformed yet amused...and quiet.
Straw Man

Latrobe, PA

#7 Dec 11, 2012
Redneck wrote:
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Some might even think itís a propaganda tool to keep people misinformed yet amused...and quiet.
I am "some".
sara

Greensburg, PA

#8 Dec 11, 2012
Redneck wrote:
<quoted text>I used to think it was only this area that had a comedy/tragedy format for local news...all channels programmed to cover the same things in the same sequence. But I found the same programming script in Orlando...start with a shooting, then a house fire and then the ever present story for the animal lovers...then a weather blurb...and then on to a candlelight vigil for some doper who got shot who happened to be the nicest kid that everyone loved according to a family member.

It's like all news channels follow the same script engineered by a psych-ops team of behavioral experts. Some might even think it’s a propaganda tool to keep people misinformed yet amused...and quiet.
The stations do and it's called a "bright".
Candace

Palm Springs, CA

#9 Dec 11, 2012
Midnight Mass wrote:
Does Holy Family still have a midnight mass?
Do Protestant churches have midnight masses?
Is there a caroling event scheduled for downtown or in the neighborhoods?
FYI: The mass is the Roman Catholic worship service. The chance of going to one at a Pretestant church is HIGHLY unlikely.
b trayed

Pittsburgh, PA

#10 Dec 13, 2012
im heading to Rogers park and smoking a fatty!
Bluetooth

Rancho Mirage, CA

#11 Dec 13, 2012
Gettin wasted with a cuopla frends. We do that italian fish thing,baccla with cheap itlainan wine like inthe old days.Do any of you still do taht? We still don't east meat until christmas day. Are we the only ones?
meatless eve 2

Greensburg, PA

#12 Dec 13, 2012
Bluetooth wrote:
Gettin wasted with a cuopla frends. We do that italian fish thing,baccla with cheap itlainan wine like inthe old days.Do any of you still do taht? We still don't east meat until christmas day. Are we the only ones?
In my family's Polish and Ukranian Christmas Eve traditions was also a meatless meal with fourteen-courses, each representing something, that I can't now remember. Thank goodness I have books on the subject.

When I was very young, relatives used to visit each other, the men got their free liquors at the little clubs in Latrobe. People smelled like raw garlic or leeks (one of the courses above). I hated that smell.

Thanks for the memory...
Bluetooth

Rancho Mirage, CA

#13 Dec 13, 2012
Remember when we used to go to the eagels and to the slovok club for christmas treats? I remember the popcorn balls. Dont see them anymore
merry xmas artgal

Greensburg, PA

#14 Dec 13, 2012
Bluetooth wrote:
Remember when we used to go to the eagels and to the slovok club for christmas treats? I remember the popcorn balls. Dont see them anymore
Totally, the clubs gave the members' kids treats in grocery store bag and filled each large bag to the top. My dad would take me to at least five-clubs, and the back seat of the car would be filled with those bags! And, somehow, "Santa" was at every club. This usually took place on a Saturday afternoon, I think.
MEATLESS EVE 3

Greensburg, PA

#15 Dec 14, 2012
I too am of the Slovakian traditions. I don't know that we actually have 12 foods but it is to represent the 12 apostles. The meal is called velija (vi LEE ah). Some of the traditional foods to have are mushroom soup, pea soup, bobalki, a round dough ball baked (with honey, another with milk/poppyseed), pagach, a flat bread with poppy seed on top (or not), sauerkraut (made with one whole potato). I don't think this is part of the original tradition but my family has perogie at Christmas Eve. We make potato/cheese, cottage cheese, sauerkraut, and prune. Can't wait. The patriach of the family says a prayer and everyone is expected to have a shot of whiskey and express their wishes or thank yous. Many years ago, we would have this supper then head out and carol througout the neighborhood singing the traditional carols and the traditional Slovakian carols. Everyone would end up at my parents home and continue the celebration. Santa Claus always came to our house on Christmas Eve, never Christmas Day. And when I was a child, our Christmas was observed on January 7.
Used Christmas Trees

Greensburg, PA

#16 Dec 14, 2012
MEATLESS EVE 3 wrote:
I too am of the Slovakian traditions. I don't know that we actually have 12 foods but it is to represent the 12 apostles. The meal is called velija (vi LEE ah). Some of the traditional foods to have are mushroom soup, pea soup, bobalki, a round dough ball baked (with honey, another with milk/poppyseed), pagach, a flat bread with poppy seed on top (or not), sauerkraut (made with one whole potato). I don't think this is part of the original tradition but my family has perogie at Christmas Eve. We make potato/cheese, cottage cheese, sauerkraut, and prune. Can't wait. The patriach of the family says a prayer and everyone is expected to have a shot of whiskey and express their wishes or thank yous. Many years ago, we would have this supper then head out and carol througout the neighborhood singing the traditional carols and the traditional Slovakian carols. Everyone would end up at my parents home and continue the celebration. Santa Claus always came to our house on Christmas Eve, never Christmas Day. And when I was a child, our Christmas was observed on January 7.
Thank you for sharing your 12- course dinner. Now, I will have to tear into my box of hisotircal fmaily stuff to find the 14 courses for the Ukranian Christmas Eve supper.

My mother's siblings, the boys, used to go out in the Millwood area of Derry, and find discarded Christmas trees and bring them to their home, for they too, in the 1920s and 1930s, used to celebrate Christmas on January 7th. They were poor and otherwise could never have afforded a tree.

I always told my mother they were rich in healthy food (most lived into their 80s & 90s), rich in ethnic customs, and rich in that they learned to live off of the land on their little farmette.

She'd argue with me and tell me something about walking to "school in three-feet of snow without boots"...

And then the two of us would go around and around...
MEATLESS EVE 3

Greensburg, PA

#17 Dec 14, 2012
Used Christmas Trees wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you for sharing your 12- course dinner. Now, I will have to tear into my box of hisotircal fmaily stuff to find the 14 courses for the Ukranian Christmas Eve supper.
My mother's siblings, the boys, used to go out in the Millwood area of Derry, and find discarded Christmas trees and bring them to their home, for they too, in the 1920s and 1930s, used to celebrate Christmas on January 7th. They were poor and otherwise could never have afforded a tree.
I always told my mother they were rich in healthy food (most lived into their 80s & 90s), rich in ethnic customs, and rich in that they learned to live off of the land on their little farmette.
She'd argue with me and tell me something about walking to "school in three-feet of snow without boots"...
And then the two of us would go around and around...
It was always neat to have Christmas on January 7 because you always got the December 25 holiday off and then you got to stay home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Jan 6 and 7). Now all your friends would look at you like you had two heads and thought you were from another planet but it didn't matter.
MEATLESS EVE 3

Greensburg, PA

#18 Dec 14, 2012
Jim Moz wrote:
In Latrobe, there will be dancing around the Festivus parking meter and the airing of grievances.(I've always wondered whether the airing of grievance was a Latrobe invention.) Later, after some libations, feats of strength at the Grub & Pub.
Regionally, a few Christmas tree fires, fatal accidents on icy roads, and a couple of child murders. All the usual western Pennsylvania holiday traditions.
"Coming up on Action News: A Swissvale family is homeless after a late-night fire."
"A Monessen father of three is accused of killing his wife and children. More at 11."
"Tonight: A church van collides with a coal truck. Six killed, one survivor in critical condition." Little did you know when you wrote this on 12/11 what horrible, horrible things would ensue just this week. It's a crazy world.
Watching the Pittsburgh news during the holidays is one of the most depressing things I've ever known.
Little did you know when you wrote this on 12/11 what horrible, horrible things would ensue just this week. It's a crazy world.
Pete

Latrobe, PA

#19 Dec 14, 2012
We always used to go out and steal other peoples lights or smash them, stand there and laugh our heads off. Then we would get bottles of wine and put them into paper bags and go down to the train station and drink wine, watch the trains and smoke some weed. It was Great ! In fact we still do this stuff every year. BECAUSE......we are and will always be WILD AND CRAZY !

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