CHRISTMAS DAY drew more than 330 people for the holiday meal at St. Francis Inn in Kensington, a holiday tradition since 1979.

A long line stretched along Kensington Avenue as people eagerly awaited their Christmas goodies. The Franciscan ministry has been feeding the homeless and poor for decades, and has become part of the social fabric in the hardscrabble neighborhood.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, celebrated Christmas with a gift from Mother Nature - record-tying mild temperatures.

The National Weather Service reports that the mercury hit 64 degrees on Christmas Eve at Philadelphia International Airport. That tied the record for the date that was set in 1990.

The Christmas Day record of 68 (set in 1968) remained intact, but the thermometer hovered around 60 all day.

- Staff and wire report