Wednesday, December 26, 2012
There's not much better than a child's face when they run to the tree in the morning and start ripping into all the gifts Santa brought them. Share your moments of joy!
"Opening presents is like playing air hockey with God," is what Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal once wrote in trying to capture the joy of children opening gifts on Christmas morning. There's not much better than a child's face when they run to the tree in the morning and start ripping into all the gifts Santa brought them. Let's share those moments here and put a smile on everyone's face with a gallery of Medford kids opening their gifts on Christmas morning. Click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button to add your photo or video to our gallery. Who knows, your kid might go viral like the Nintendo 64 kid (see attached video).
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
How much will we spend this year? And what's the best-selling Christmas song of all time? Find the answers below.
We know that there were three Wise Men, 12 days of Christmas and that Santa delivers all his presents around the world in one night. But did you know... $23,439.38 How much it would cost to buy your "true love" all the gifts in the 12 Day of Christmas . 12.9 billion hours, $447 billion How many hours Americans were expected to spend shopping, wrapping and returning gifts last year. That was about 42 hours and $688.87 per person. Get your postman/postwoman a gift According to Hallmark, Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion . Nearly 1.5 billion cards are sent to friends and family every Christmas Season. (That's actually down 400 million cards since 2004.) $983 million The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from…
Monday, December 24, 2012
Consumerism surrounds the holiday season: is greed inevitable, and how do you avoid it?
For those children who celebrate, Christmas' biggest connotation can be a pile of gifts under the tree. With this in mind, a panel of staff contributors at The Chicago Tribune tackled the question of whether it's inevitable to see greed in their kids around Christmastime. The parents weighed in on suggestions to remind kids of Christmas spirit. Among their suggestions? Help your kids round up some old toys to donate to charity before giving them new toys. Sign them up to participate in a community service project. The Tribune's advice got us thinking at Patch about how we were taught or are teaching our kids to be less greedy around the holidays. Some of our suggestions? Find a giving tree and let your child pick a name or two off of it…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Does the lovable children's holiday classic send the wrong message? Tell us your thoughts.
In October, Patch asked readers how they felt about one parent's view that "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" condoned bullying. Specifically, blogger DadCamp wrote that the show sends the wrong message to children because of its "continuous teasing and bullying" It's not the first time a parent has spoken out against a classic children's program with such a claim. Last December, news spread that author and special ed professor George Giuliani said that "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was also a program laden with the theme of bullying, considering how much Rudolph was an outsider due to his glowing red nose. Giuliani, as such, wrote a book titled "No More Bullies at the North Pole," which re-tells the story of Rudolph. What do you…
Friday, December 2, 2011
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Monday, November 21, 2011
Splitting time between houses during the holidays.
It’s a situation to which many can relate: Driving back and forth between two (or more) houses on Thanksgiving Day, splitting time between families as judiciously as possible. But even after years cultivating finely laid plans for the holidays, I still get heartburn before I’ve even had a bite of turkey. Don’t get me wrong, I adore spending time with our families. One of the things I am most thankful for is having our family close by, and that they are actually fun, enjoyable people to be around. But Thanksgiving Day seems to have a general malaise about it; perhaps it’s all the turkey and wine. And right about when I’m ready for a nap, it’s time to load up the car for the roughly-one-hour drive to the next house. Add a child into the mix …
Friday, December 24, 2010
A look at family Christmas traditions
Since it's the week of Christmas, one of the biggest holidays of the year, we at Patch thought it would be fun to approach some unassuming people out doing their Holday shopping and ask them how they and their families celebrate the season. Writer Lucille Samaras hit the Burlinton Mall to do just that. Let's find out how some people celebrate and what it is that make this season special for them. The location is the Burlington Mall, one of the busiest malls in Massachusetts. Marta Fraboli, an exchange student from Italy, was shopping in Aeropostale, a store in the mall geared towards young women and teenager. She's been in the United States for about four months and will be staying here for six more months before returning to Italy. I …
Monday, December 20, 2010
The Massachusetts State Police and Burlington Police are investigating a theft from a Massachusetts State Police and United States Marine Corps Toy for Tots storage container early Saturday morning.
Police are investigating a theft of donated toys meant for families having a hard time make ends meet this Holiday season, and are asking that anyone with information to come forward. The Massachusetts State Police and Burlington Police are investigating a theft early yesterday morning of a large quantity of toys from a POD storage container holding donations to the Toys for Tots program. According to police, evidence suggests the toys were stolen between 2:30 and 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18. Police found signs of forced entry into the locked POD, with evidence suggesting that a tool or other implement was used. The toys were being stored in preparation for sorting and distribution for the Holidays. According to police, the Toys for Tots …
Santa and Father Christmas, who looks surprisingly like a Burlington resident, chat with Patch
His bushy eyebrows are white; so are his moustache, beard and long, flowing hair. His hand-made long cape is a rich red. But no red cap. No belly like a bowl full of jelly. No hearty "Ho, ho, ho's." Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, as he prefers to be called, is meeting children at the Woburn Mall. Some have their picture taken with him. Some children go right up to him. Others hang back. Father Christmas leans forward, calmly, quietly, and begins to talk to one young fan. Cassidy Cudoni gathered up her courage to actually sit with Santa this year. She and her sister, Molly, who live in the Mishawum Road area, came to Santa's castle to put toys in the Toys for Tots box, explained their grandmother, Priscilla Cudoni, who lives in the same …
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Burlington High School's band and chorus are preparing for Thursday's performance
The Burlington High School Band has had a busy year. So busy, in fact, that they only recently started practicing for Thursday's Winter Concert. With football games performances, a Halloween parade and their annual trip to the Salem invitational, the band couldn't begin learning the new music until just after Thanksgiving. Still, they're eager to pull it off and confident about the results. The winter concert has long been an annual performance and highlights the talents of the high school select chorus, chorus, band and jazz band. After a fall of football games and choreographed marches, it's a "shift from what we've been doing", said Band Director Matt Lovell. "It's tough music, especially under the gun like this," he added. On the …