Tonight is the Grand Illumination in downtown Dayton on Courthouse Square featuring live music entertainment, carnival rides, games, holiday crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides and a gingerbread house display. The tree lighting will be at 7:45pm followed immediately by the Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights. Go to downtowndayton.org and check it out.
"Spring Early", a short story by Yellow Springs writer Scott Geisel, that appears in the newly released anthology Christmas Stories from Ohio, published by Kent State University Press. It appears alongside stories by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, James Thurber and many other Ohio writers.
The story is read by Mary Donahoe, a long time Yellow Springs resident and a teacher-arts professor at Wright State University for many years.
The holidays are a time for celebration, family and exchanging gifts. That's how the conventional wisdom goes. But for a lot of people, it can actually be harder than most other times of year. As Emily McCord reports, one local church is offering services to acknowledge that it's not always a Merry Christmas for everyone.
The Blue Christmas worship service at Corinth Presbyterian Church in Dayton isn't that different than other holiday services. There are still hymns, a sermon, and prayers, but it isn't exactly joyous.