December 21, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Page One heralds the season

Those who believe in Santa Claus soon will get the news they’ve been waiting for: Did Santa bring everything on the wish list? We don’t want to spoil the surprise by reporting news from the North Pole. But we’ll look at what readers in other festive locations are finding in the news.

Christmas, Fla., is east of Orlando, where the Sentinel reported that a father’s wish came true when his son returned home from military duty. “Home from Iraq and Afghanistan, Marine thinks of those left behind.” Christmas, Ariz., is southeast of Phoenix, where readers of The Arizona Republic found “One miracle after another on $50 and a prayer.”

The folks in Dasher, Ga., discovered from The Valdosta Daily Times that some presents already had been wrapped. In Oshkosh, southeast of Rudolph, Wis., the Northwestern pictured Santa and his laptop and teased to an online chat “Straight from St. Nicholas.”

With its wintry weather, the Upper Peninsula — home to Christmas, Mich. — can seem like the North Pole. Just to the south, the Press-Gazette of Green Bay, Wis., issued a warning to holiday travelers: “Messiest holiday weather could storm in tonight.” Old Saint Nick was pictured in a travel package on the Springfield News-Leader, helpful news for folks in Noel, Mo.

There were snowflakes on the masthead of the Lexington Herald-Leader, a promising sign for readers in Mistletoe, Ky. Northeast of Snowflake, Ariz., The Daily Times in Farmington, N.M., sang: “Dreaming of a white Christmas.”

Near Santa Claus, Ind., there were smiles on Page One of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., as students welcome a holiday break. Looks like a parent put together this front page, as the story explained: “Make the most of the break: Activities can keep students’ skills fresh.”

The people of Europe got an early gift — a border-free zone that allows passport-free travel. The “historic moment” brought celebrations, as pictured in Lidove Noviny of Prague, Czech Republic.

Curious about what’s going on at the North Pole? The Anchorage Daily News, south of North Pole, Alaska, heralded: “‘Gift’ program brightens holiday for Anchorage families.”

May your days be merry and all your front pages bright!

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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