From the archives of The Daily News for Dec. 25:

In 1913, 14 county prisoners were given Christmas release, which two of the 14 returned back to the jail as previously agreed.

In 1913, Sheriff Thomas fed county prisoners holiday dinner.

In 1963, most Galveston churches had special services planned for the holiday.

In 1963, Santa Claus made an early, special trip to Galveston yesterday to greet Tina, a patient in the Shrine Children’s Burns Center.

In 1988, those who work in the hospitality, law enforcement or firefighting industry are typically faced with the probability of working holidays from time to time, instead of enjoying the holiday with family members.

In 1988, non-felony prisoners in Galveston and Texas City jails were released for the holiday as long as they promised to return to jail and complete their sentence.

From Staff Reports

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