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In this Dec. 12, 2014 photo City Councilman Jeff Waltman photographs the city's official Christmas tree in Reading, Pa. Waltman fought to save the 50-foot Norway spruce that many residents compared to the spindly tree in "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and the city is now embracing the "Peanuts" theme. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

“Christmas is so commercialized that we tend to forget what Christmases used to be like,” said Mayor Vaughn Spencer, channeling good ol’ Charlie Brown himself. “Sometimes we have to keep things in perspective, and I think that’s the lesson here.”

In this undated photo provided by the American Kennel Club, three Spanish water dogs sit in the sand near tall grass. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 the organization announced that the Spanish water dog will be recognized as a new AKC breed in 2015. (AP Photo/American Kennel Club)

The kennel club announced Wednesday that the Spanish water dog, the Cirneco dell’Etna (cheer-NAY-koh-dehl-eht-nah), the Bergamasco and the Boerboel (BUHR’-buhl) will become recognized breeds Jan. 1.

“This technology of the reproducing piano was really astonishing to people at the time because they could hear major pianists playing music exactly the way they played in performance,” said Jerry McBride, head music librarian at Stanford.

FILE - This undated image from files, provided by Fox Broadcasting from "The Simpsons," shows the popular cartoon family posing in front of their home, from left, Lisa , Marge , Maggie, Homer and Bart Simpson.  University students have been studying Homer's "The Odyssey" for centuries. More recently, Homer Simpson's "Odyssey," and a quarter-century of episodes from the animated sitcom have been undergoing similar scrutiny at several college campuses around the country. (AP Photo/Fox Broacasting Co., File) 1998 FOX BROADCASTING

“If the references are important enough to be lampooned by ‘The Simpsons,’ these works must be important cultural milestones,” says Hofstra University adjunct English professor Richard Pioreck, who has been incorporating the denizens of Springfield into his courses for about a decade.

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