Surviving Christmas In Kansas City

In this post we share bittersweet stories that we stumbled upon this holiday season. 

This reporting didn't fit anywhere else in our overly aggressive blogging but still deserve a glimpse for thoughtful morning readers. 

And maybe there's a crowdfunding effort in there that locals might want to help out.

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One year after Kansas City dad's killing, family still waits for answers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One year after a father of eight was gunned down four days before Christmas, his family is still reeling from the loss. Roman Yslas was killed in Kansas City's Northland after he had just finished dinner with his kids and fiancée.

Children left motherless by car wreck given gifts this Christmas by local group

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - This Christmas feels a little dimmer for a one-and-a-half-year-old and an 8-year-old whose mother was killed just before Thanksgiving. But one group hopes to make things just a little bit brighter. Amanda Tripp was killed in a car wreck the day before Thanksgiving.

Local family says they won't let fire ruin holidays

GARDNER, Kan. - Four days before Christmas, a Gardner family lost everything after a fire ravaged their home . The family of six says they're not letting this terrible twist of fate ruin the holiday season. Last Wednesday started off perfectly for the Mulwa family, getting even better with the family ending their night by going to look at Christmas lights.

The First Lighted Tree in Kansas City

By Diane Euston In honor of the Christmas holiday, I have chosen to write this piece in prose form. It is based on a true story with some poetic license. After I originally wrote this years ago, Susan Ditsch Ahern, a descendant of Oswald Karl Lux, told me that she would read this to her family every Christmas Eve.

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