Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Putting one season away and making room for the New Year!
This Sunday, I de-Christmafied my house. It’s an amazing phenomenon…come the first weekend in December I can’t wait to hang the twinkle lights but by the 26th, the mere thought of a pine needle makes me want to hurl. You must understand, I go big at Christmas. BIG. There is not a single room in the house that doesn’t boast at least one decoration, whether it’s as subtle as a candle in a window or as over-the-top as lit garlands on every flat surface available. The smell of Hollyberry wafts throughout the house and Chez Shumway is sparkly for three weeks straight. At the time, it’s magical. But once Christmas is over, I want it GONE. I set out to get it done quickly and went straight to work. I made the conscious decision to hold off…
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Libraries and post offices are just a couple of businesses that will be closed on Dec. 25.
Here's a handy list of what's open (and closed) on Christmas: Tuesday, Dec. 25:
Thursday, December 20, 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, …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a website that now offers a Santa tracker mobile app to follow the jolly man's magical flight.
They sent him their wish lists, sat on his lap, and left cookies and milk for his arrival. Now the only thing left for children to do is track Santa's progress as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. Thanks to the folks behind the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, families worldwide can now follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time. The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Commander-in-Chief’s operations, according to a description on the NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page, which has more than …
Monday, December 17, 2012
If the holidays leave you with little time to shop for gifts, try these stores in Dedham for great last-minute gift ideas.
With all of the tree trimming, cookie baking and partygoing, there is so much to do during the holidays that it's easy to leave shopping for Christmas presents until the last minute. But by then, the malls and chain stores are usually chaotic and the mere thought of battling crowds is exhausting. Here are some ideas for easy gifts that can be bought locally and require little stress: Tell us: What are some of your own last-minute gift ideas? Share in the comments below.
Wednesday, December 5, 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 23, 2011
Check a church's website for other holiday events this weekend.
St. Mary of the Assumption: Christmas Eve: 4 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.; midnight (Life Teen sponsored) Christmas: 8 a.m.; 10 a.m. St. Susanna Parish: Christmas Eve: 4 p.m.; 6 p.m. Christmas: 10 a.m. St. Paul's Episcopal Church Christmas Eve: 4 p.m.; 10 p.m. Christmas: 11 a.m. St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church Christmas Eve: 3 pm.; 7 p.m. Christmas: 10 a.m. St. John of Damascus Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. First Church and Parish Christmas Eve: 6:30 p.m. Allin Congregational Church Christmas Eve: 10 p.m. Christmas: 9:45 a.m.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
A bit of artistic rhythm to celebrate the holidays and reflect back on a busy year for this 'Tireless' mom.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas In the Shumway household There were presents to wrap And laundry to fold The children were wired And wouldn’t go to bed While visions of serenity Were erased from my head With Andy at wit’s end I thought I might snap The toddler was crying ‘Cuz we blew off his nap When over in the playroom There arose such a clatter We sprang from the kitchen To see what was the matter The tree was knocked over! The ornaments had shattered! But the kids were just laughing And that’s all that mattered A calm feeling took over And I started to smile The Christmas spirit had arrived It just took a while Taking stock of my blessings Over the past year I knew that our family Had nothing to fear We’d made it through fourth …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Upload photos of the best trees in town this holiday season.
As Dedham Patch seeks out the most decorated home in Dedham for the holidays (add photos for a chance to win $100,000 for Dedham Public Schools), you now have the chance to upload photos of what you think are the best and most decorated Christmas trees in town! Do you take Christmas tree decorating seriously? Have a friend or family member who has a stunning display? Let us know! Simply click the button below to add any photos of your favorite Christmas trees in town this year!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
While many places will be closed up for the holiday, there are a few around town that will stay open.
Still need coffee on Christmas Day without leaving Dedham? No worries. Coffee shops and a few other places are still open on Christmas, making sure that you can get your fill - whether it's food, coffee or taking in some entertainment. We're sure there are more, so if you know of one, add it in the comment section below.