In person and online, Christians gather to celebrate Christmas Eve
ORLANDO, Fla. — The rise of the Omicron variant did not stop Christians across Central Florida from gathering to mark the biggest holiday of the year. “God transforms humanity from the inside out, that Christmas is really an inside job,” he explained. “God becomes one of us in order to save us.”Across town, two churches in the same neighborhood held three vastly different ceremonies. We are highlighting the gatherings of Christians all across Central Florida in tonight's newscasts on @WFTV. “The little times that we can gather together safely and come to church safely, or maybe eat safely, I think makes fellowship more richer,” he said.wftv.com
Grinch arrested: Florida police lock up Christmas Eve’s most wanted
Grinch arrested Christmas revelers everywhere can sleep a little easier tonight knowing the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office took the worst of the worst off Florida’s streets on Dec. 24, 2021. (Escambia County Sheriff's Office)ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. — Christmas revelers everywhere can sleep a little easier tonight knowing the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office took the worst of the worst off Florida’s streets on Christmas Eve. (Escambia County Sheriff's Office)Grinch arrested Deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Florida took the Grinch into custody on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2021. (Escambia County Sheriff's Office)Grinch arrested Deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Florida took the Grinch into custody on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2021. (Escambia County Sheriff's Office)Grinch arrested Deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Florida took the Grinch into custody on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2021.wftv.com
Toy heist no victory for Grinch, Salvation Army official says
Salvation Army It’s been a hectic few days for the philanthropically minded in northern New Mexico after a real-life Grinch stole a Salvation Army van packed with about $6,000 in holiday donations intended for more than 350 children. (Roman Tiraspolsky/Getty Images/iStockphoto)FARMINGTON, N.M. — It’s been a hectic few days for the philanthropically minded in northern New Mexico after a real-life Grinch stole a Salvation Army van packed with about $6,000 in holiday donations intended for more than 350 children. >> Read more trending news“The Grinch will not have this victory,” Salvation Army Lt. Christopher Rockwell told The Associated Press. According to a Facebook post by the Farmington Police Department, the 2011 Toyota Sienna originally sported two Salvation Army magnets on its sides that may have since been removed. “We have, like, a waiting list ... so we could see what we have left over,” Rockwell told the AP.wftv.com
Police: Van full of Christmas toys stolen in New Mexico
FARMINGTON, N.M. — (AP) — Time is of the essence for the Salvation Army in New Mexico now that the Grinch has thrown a wrench into the group's holiday toy program. A van loaded with $6,000 worth of toys set to be passed out to hundreds of children was stolen this week from a store parking lot in Farmington. "It is a pretty Grinch-like thing to do," Farmington police spokesperson Nicole Brown told the Farmington Daily Times. Now, the hope is to replace the stolen toys before Monday. The Salvation Army operates out of 25 centers around New Mexico and provides church service, food for the hungry and shelter and clothes for the homeless, among other services.wftv.com
Price plunge at the pump foiled by cost of crude oil, AAA says
Expect a more modest drop in gas prices rather than the recently predicted plunge at the pump (wftv.com)ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida gas prices are falling, but they likely won’t drop as low as experts recently predicted. It looks like crude oil will be the Grinch who stole lower holiday gas prices, according to new data released by AAA. But oil prices — back on the rise as concerns ease over the omicron variant — should slow the rapid decline of the cost of gasoline. So if oil prices increase again this week, drivers will again need to adjust their expectations,” Jenkins added. READ: Woman falls overboard on Carnival cruise ship; Coast Guard suspends searchIn Florida, drivers are now paying an average price of $3.27 per gallon — the lowest daily average price since mid-November.wftv.com
Grinch pleads guilty, sentenced in Florida court
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. — The Grinch appeared in an Indian River County, Florida, courtroom Wednesday on burglary and theft charges. The Grinch appeared before Judge Nicole Menz, and pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, and trying to stop Christmas. A group of children, including Cindy Lou Who, were in court and recognized by Judge Menz as the victims in the case. Judge Menz sentenced the Grinch to jail on charges of burglary, theft, and trying to steal Christmas. In an act of mercy, Judge Menz ruled the Grinch will be released on Dec. 24 so that he can celebrate the holiday.wftv.com
What are ‘Grinch bots’? Yahoo News Explains
The holidays are here — and with them comes holiday shopping — but supply chain issues may not be the only thing coming between you and the most-in-demand gifts. Yahoo News explains how so-called Grinch bots are essentially stealing presents across online shopping retailers, buying up the hottest items faster than you can click “add to cart.”news.yahoo.com
Skiing Santas back to shredding Maine slopes for charity
Maine Santa Sunday Skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal via AP) (Andree Kehn)NEWRY, Maine — (AP) — Santa is back to “sleighing” it on the ski slope. More than 230 skiing and snowboarding Kris Kringles took to a western Maine resort on Sunday to raise money for charity. A sea of red Santa suits descended the mountain, carving wide turns as their beards fluttered in the icy wind. The event took place in the western Maine town of Newry, home to the Sunday River Ski Resort, the state’s busiest.wftv.com
Rent Grinch’s cave for holiday getaway
Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is being made available to rent, KTVX reported. The cave boasts 5,700 square feet and is located near — appropriately enough — Boulder, Utah. Grinch getaway The pantry at the Grinch's rental home is stocked with all the Who favorites. A study, main bedroom and guest bedroom are among the rooms to round out the Mt. The rental, which is a partnership between Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Vasca, a rental management site, will cost $19.57 a night, representative of the book’s original 1957 release.wftv.com
Grinch caught green-handed apparently stealing Christmas again
He was allegedly at it again on Christmas Eve. But Colorado State Police Trooper Pointon, whose first name wasn't given, caught him in the act. And put the cuffs on him:Trooper Pointon caught the Grinch red handed or should I say green handed today in Las Animas. S93 pic.twitter.com/Z8ryrXT9w7 — CSP La Junta&Lamar (@CSP_LaJunta) December 24, 2020CBS Denver reports investigators didn't say what the Grinch was accused of this time, but that he has a history of — stealing Christmas. And like the original Dr. Seuss story, the Grinch's "arrest" photo appeared aimed at bringing some smiles to the holidays.cbsnews.com
‘We have nowhere to go:’ Fire at Pine Hills apartment complex leaves residents homeless
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – More than 30 people are now left trying to figure out where to call home after a fire at the Pine Hills apartment complex on Saturday. A spokesperson with Millennia Companies, the apartment complex management company, said that about 32 people were displaced, including about 22 children. She said now especially, since the fire happened there, she wants to make sure the affected families affected can have a merry Christmas. The Red Cross will also be assisting the affected families with a gift card of $500 to assist with hotel accommodations and other necessities. Saturday’s toy drive is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jernigan Gardens Apartments.
Tickets now on sale for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort, new details also revealed
KISSIMMEE, Fla – Just as tickets for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort went on sale, officials gave new details about this year’s programming. Snow Flow Mountain at Gaylord Palms Resort (Gaylord Palms Resort)Also on tap for this year’s event, guests will get to meet Santa Clause in a new redesigned space, hear Christmas traditions and songs with Mrs. Cirque Dreams Unwrapped at Gaylord Palms Resort (Gaylord Palms Resort)Gaylord palms will also have a handful of entertainment options including:The Greatest Story: Holiday spirits will soar during a multicultural, musical journey celebrating the story of Christ. (Gaylord Palms Resort)Overnight Christmas packages that include admission into the “I Love Christmas Movies” immersive pop-up experience are available to book now. Gaylord Palms Resort has put special health and safety protocols in place, including the use of face coverings, during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Unlikely Judge Orders Grinch to Community Service at Humane Society Food Drive and Pet Adoption
The Flagler County Sheriffs Office has teamed up with the Flagler Humane Society to host the Santa Paws Food Drive and Adoption Event on Tuesday, December 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Flagler Humane Society, at 1 Shelter Drive in Palm Coast. Fire Flight, the emergency helicopter and Grinch-hunter went out of service Monday for the rest of the month. Everyone is invited to come out to the Flagler Humane Society and help support the shelter for the holidays, Sheriff Rick Staly is quoted as saying in a release. Donations can include canned dog or cat food, bagged food, kitty litter, paper towels, dish soap, or laundry detergent. The Grinch is counting on you, so are the animals here at the Humane Society.flaglerlive.com
Get holiday shopping done early this year to avoid tariffs
He added that the tariffs on electronics, toys, sneakers and other products will be delayed "so they won't be relevant for the Christmas shopping season." Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro later issued similar comments about how the delay on tariffs, which were set to kick in on Sept. 1, was kind of like an early holiday present to consumers. With that in mind, experts said that it might not be a good idea for people to procrastinate when shopping for stocking stuffers or any other holiday gifts. "The White House was very specific to identify products that would be on many people's wish lists for holiday shopping. A 10% tariff on goods like apparel will only add on to the cost that consumers pay," Quach said.
Christmas: Really the most wonderful time of the year?
As we inch closer to Christmas, Americans can project the spirit of jolly St. Nick, or a Grinch-like scowl, depending on how they feel about the holiday. Many are down about the over-commercialization of Christmas, but contributor Bill Flanagan tells us why he has no problem with excess at this time of year.cbsnews.com