Monday, December 26, 2011
Share the story, show off the ring and spread the news about your engagement with a photo of the happy couple!
Newly engaged? Share the joy, whether the proposal arrived the traditional way, on bended knee, or in some surprising way. Add a photo and tell the story here -- Did you use a family ring or brand-new one? Propose directly or as a surprise? What else happened? Also, share your wedding announcement right here.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Members of the Trenton Fire Department, in association with Santa Claus and his elves, visited a local family bearing gifts and well wishes.
Members of the Trenton Fire Department spent Christmas Eve morning transporting Santa Claus to a Trenton Family in need. Leslie Ingram, 32, and her children Tyler, 12, Dakota, 10, Jayden, 8, and Mariah, 6, welcomed Santa Claus into their home as neighbors watched and cheered. Santa and his two elves allowed the children to open one gift, while the rest were tucked away under the Christmas Tree for Christmas Day.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
NORAD will be tracking Santa all night long; check out how you can follow along.
Some people simply can't wait 'til Christmas morning to find out if Santa Claus has paid them, or their neighborhood, a visit. For those who are impatient, don't worry. You can keep tabs on the big guy by following the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, which for one night is dedicated to tracking Mr. Claus' coordinates. The site is more than an enhanced GPS; it also contains a "Kids Countdown Village," which offers games, activities and other features for young ones who eager for Santa. According to its website, NORAD ha been tracking Santa for more than 50 years now, as did its predessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). The tradition bega in 1955, the website says, after a Colorado Springs-based Sears …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Formerly a wedding chapel and antiques store, the Riverside Treasure Shoppe is the perfect place to pick up last-minute gifts for the holidays.
With Christmas only days away, the Riverside Treasure Shoppe, located at 2503 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Trenton, is the perfect place to pick up last-minute gifts and treats. The Riverside Treasure Shoppe offers special gifts like holiday ornaments, tote bags, jewelry, gift baskets and children’s toys and books. The store also sells award-winning gourmet chocolates from the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company, retro treats from Old Time Candy, candles from the Swan Creek Candle Company and coffee from Costa Rican coffee producer Cafe Britt. Owner Brian Raboczkay said he needed something else to do with his time after he retired from the city of Taylor last year. On Aug. 15, he and his wife opened the Riverside Treasure Shoppe. The …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Want to get into the holiday spirit? Catch one of these holiday movies, and you will definitely get there!
There are five great movies playing this week — catch them if you can. This classic 1946 film never gets old. Jimmy Stewart stars as George Bailey, whose life is touched by a guardian angel. This film was nominated for five Oscars. — 8 p.m. Saturday on NBC. Don't miss this hilarious and touching movie of an Indiana boy that will have you saying, "You'll shoot your eye out," all day long. — Starts at 8 p.m. Saturday and runs for 24 hours nonstop on TBS. Clark Griswold has big plans for Christmas, which naturally turns into a total disaster. This movie is destined to make you laugh and be thankful that you aren't related to cousin Eddie. — 9 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Sunday on ABC Family. When Maria feels she cannot cut it at …
It's the time of the year for decorations, gifts and 24-hour marathons of "A Christmas Story." What will you be watching?
The holiday season is a time to pull out old favorite holiday films, and it seems everyone has an opinion when it comes to what makes a "great" holiday film. Whether you haul out Home Alone, Elf, or Die Hard, or settle in for another watching of Miracle on 34th Street, there is always that one favorite film above all the rest. There's the widely anticipated 24 straight hours of A Christmas Story on TBS, starting at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. And It's a Wonderful Life, a mainstay of Christmas Eve for many families. Looking for new ideas? You can check out the website Christmas Movie List. Whatever your holiday viewing pleasure, share it here with other Patch readers.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Certain December music makes us pause, sing along and feel nostalgic.
Holiday voices sing, are you listening? Songs of the season are inescapable this week – whether they bring comfort and joy or lyrics and beats that annoy. Amid the jingling and roasting, most people cherish at least a few Christmas songs – perhaps because they've been sung many times, many ways since we were young. Though it may be tough to single out a favorite, here's a chance to click on one that invariably makes you pause, turn up the volume and feel nostalgic. So come and vote, faithful celebrants, and let's see which is triumphant. Write-in votes for unlisted tunes can go in the comments.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Many retailers Downriver such as the Kohls, Walmart and Kmart now offer a convenient way to share wish lists with online gift registries, but an expert says beware the pitfalls of electronic gift-seeking.
If you’re still stumped about gifts for those last few people on your Christmas list, you might want to check their online gift registries. Yes, the traditional letter to Santa might still be the preferred method of dropping hints about what kids — or kids at heart — want for Christmas. But some are opting for store registries and wish lists as a way to convey holiday hints to friends and family. Some families even take the tradition of mailing off that letter to Santa into a totally virtual experience. Websites like Santa.com and Santa’s Hideout allow kids to write their Santa letters online, create wish lists to share with family and friends, interact with elves, read blogs from Santa, play games and do activities, all under their …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Seriously? Snow? Well, it's not the only sign of winter around town.
Brrr, it's chilly today all of a sudden. Here are some more signs winter is coming: He arrives at the Village of Rochester Hills next Friday, Nov. 18. That's when the Village, with help from city leaders and community members, will flip the switch on the lights and kick off the holiday shopping. Earlier this week, staff of English Gardens Christmas Shop decorated the gazebo for the season. We've all seen the lights being installed in downtown Rochester. They're also lighting up Rochester Road on the outside of Bordine Nursery. And they're being installed in yards across town: on the Rochester Patch Facebook page we heard from a few readers who took advantage of the sunny days last weekend to hang their outdoor lights. One such reader was …