Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Whether for religious reasons or because of work, not everyone is celebrating the holiday today.
For those who don't celebrate Christmas today (or any day) Dec. 25 can still be a nice day. Almost everyone has the day off, so maybe you take advantage of that to spend the day with family and friends. Downtowns, parks and streets are usually empty, so perhaps you hit a favorite ethnic restaurant that's open or go for a quiet run or long walk. For those working, the day often means visits from family bearing the gift of a home-cooked meal and the promise of a Christmas celebration on another day. What's your non-Christmas Christmas Day tradition?
Friday, December 14, 2012
Patch editors from across Chicagoland share some of their favorite Christmas recipes.
Patch.com editors from across the Chicago area dug into their cookbooks and came back with some of their favorite holiday recipes to share with readers. We hope you enjoy. Happy Holidays! Share your favorite holiday recipes with Patch! Send your recipe as well as any photos to Editor Amie Schaenzer at email@example.com and we will include your recipe in this article.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Patch put together a map of cut-your-own Christmas tree farms for the northern Chicago suburbs.
Are you one of the 21 percent of United States homes that have a real Christmas tree? That's the number of people that opt for the real deal, according to the University of Illinois Extension's Christmas Tree fact page, compared to 48 percent who chose to have an artificial tree. (The rest don't have a tree.) If so, then perhaps you're also part of the 21 percent of those with real trees who like to cut them down yourself at a tree farm. Patch has assembled this map of cut-your-own Christmas tree farms in the vicinity of the northern Chicago suburbs. Click on the pins for more information about the farm or move the map around and zoom in on an area near you. Happy chopping!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Follow St. Nick's every move with NORAD's Santa Tracker.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is charged with keeping the United States and Canada safe from dangers originating from the sky or space. Tonight, however, the Colorado-based government agency adds one more important task to its daily list of duties. The agency will again provide its Official Santa Tracker (http://www.noradsanta.org/) that marks The Big Man's every move as he makes his way throughout both hemispheres. Included on the site is a countdown and activity page (http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html) and a flight tracking system (http://www.noradsanta.org/en/track3d.html) Kids and adults can enjoy this very entertaining site that will have sugar plums dancing through everyone's head before retiring.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Who needs a sleigh when these inflatable lawn Santa's can get to your house in anything from a Rocket to an RV?
We know Santa likes to move with the times. A sleigh is so 1889. We took a look at several nearby stores and Amazon.com to find the top 10 ways inflatable Santa's get to your lawn.
In the market for a last minute Christmas tree? The Jaycees will have what you are looking for.
George and Beth Dailey have made buying a Christmas tree from the Palatine Jaycees something of a tradition. "We like to come down and get our tree here and it helps the Jaycees. We are always satisfied with the tree," Beth Ann Dailey said with a smile as a light snow began to fall. So far this year the Jaycees have sold several hundred trees as part of their annual fundraiser. The 53rd annual sale is being held in the parking lot of the Palatine Park District's Aquatic Center on Palatine Road, just west of Walgreens. The sale is entering its final weekend and represents a great destination for last-minute tree shoppers. The hours of the sale are Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m…
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Palatine Jaycees and Palatine Kiwanis combine efforts in annual party.
Have you ever wanted to give your child a toy for Christmas, but could barely stretch your budget to cover necessities, let alone gifts? That scenario is a reality for many parents this year. Palatine High School's Cafeteria was the scene Dec. 13 for the annual Children's Holiday Party jointly sponsored by the Palatine Jaycees and the Palatine Kiwanis Club. Approximately 150 local children from low-income households were nominated to attend by Palatine social service agencies. For many of these children, their families are struggling financially, and the gift they received at the party might be one of a very few they receive this holiday season, according to organizers. "This event is heart warming and truly makes a difference to families …
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The 22nd Annual Fremd Holiday Craft Fair featured numerous handmade items.
Fremd High School was the perfect place to get some holiday shopping done Saturday, Dec. 11 as more than 200 craft vendors took over the first floor. Organized by the Fremd Vikings Booster Club, the fair is in its 22nd year and is one of the club's fundraisers. Palatine resident Brenda Kennedy was perusing some of the booths with her two daughters. It was the first time Kennedy had attended the fair. The Kennedys were hoping to get some Christmas shopping done. "I think it's great, and it helps the boosters," she said. "I didn't realize how big it was." One nearby booth featured various Christmas themed items, including handmade stockings and cloth decorations in the shape of poinsettias. Sisters Phyllis Martin and Bernadette Dobosiewicz …
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010