Monday, December 24, 2012
From a 24-hour 'A Christmas Story' marathon and a trio of 'The Santa Claus' movies, there's plenty to watch this Christmas.
It's Christmas, the coffee has been poured and the presents are unwrapped — now what do you do? While you wait for the inlaws to arrive and Christmas dinner to finish cooking, flip one of these holiday classics to keep the kids, as well as the rest of the family, entertained.
Share the spirit of Christmas by supporting charities and nonprofit groups serving the Metro Detroit area.
Whether it's support for a special concert at the library or help for a family affected by childhood cancer, some of the best Christmas gifts are those that will never fit under a tree. Charitable organizations in the Metro Detroit area and around the world rely on holiday donations to carry them through not only the Christmas season, but sometimes much of the year. Many of us are still struggling to cover our own budgets, but if the spirit of the season moves you to give what you can spare, here are 10 organizations that support the the Metro Detroit area community by providing food, social services and more to residents in need. While canned food donations are always accepted at the food pantries, grocery store gift cards and monetary …
Find out how to recycle your Christmas tree in Oakland County.
Christmas is officially here, and if you had a real tree this year, you may be scratching your head wondering what to do with it now. Oakland County will accept your Christmas trees at its self-serve Christmas tree recycling locations. Christmas tree recycling is available at 11 Oakland County Parks from Dec. 26 through Jan. 13, 2013, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. All decorations must be removed from the tree. Extended collection dates are available at Independence Oaks in Clarkston and Orion Oaks in Orion Township, which will accept Christmas trees until Jan. 27, 2013. The trees will be processed to make compost and wood chips that will be available to the public free of charge at Orion Oaks County Park in 2013. Additionally, if…
Although government, mail and trash service providers take the day off on Tuesday, there are some businesses which stay open.
Christmas is Tuesday, and while the snow is freshly fallen and the trees are lit up, you still may need to get out and around West Bloomfield Township. Here's what you need to know about what's open and closed.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
We've got not one, but four contests: Best Classic Carol, Best Rock Carol, Best Religious Carol and Most Annoying Carol. Are your favorites on the list?
It's not a Winter Wonderland out there yet, but you can still Deck the Halls, right?k You've still got almost Twelve Days ('til) Christmas, but remember that Santa Claus is Coming To Town. Good old Santa (baby!) will be bringing some Joy to the World. So--Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Why not? And if you're thinking, "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," then Let It Snow, and you just might be able to go on a Sleigh Ride with Jingle Bells on a Frosty night. We could go on. But--tell you what. Let's save the rest of the Christmas Carol (and at least one Hanukkah song) fun for the contest. Actually, it's four contests. Click on the links below, and vote for your favorites. We've included some links to songs for your foot-tapping, …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Each family member of slain local man receives refrigerator-sized boxes filled with winter gear, clothing, toys and other age appropriate items
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Monday, December 17, 2012
For many, the holidays are a time of good cheer and family togetherness. However, for kids who have lost a parent, the holidays can be a harsh reminder of the one special person who is missing. Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids, in partnership with Art Van Furniture, will made a very special holiday visit on Saturday to the West Bloomfield home of the Hannawa family, who are facing their first holiday season after the death of a parent. Samir Hannawa, 49, was gunned down while working in Detroit Nov. 7. The case is yet unsolved, while Hannawa leaves behind a wife and seven children, ages 2-to-18 — five of whom are in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District. Led by "Santa Claus" (also known around Metro Detroit as attorney and …
World peace, good health, an iPad—tell Santa what's on your wish list!
Did you miss talking to Santa when he visited the Greater West Bloomfield area this year? Don't chase him down in a crowded, noisy mall. This year, you can tell Patch's virtual Old Saint Nick what you (or your kids) would like to see under your Christmas tree. Whether it's peace on Earth or a day at the spa, Santa is online (it's 2012, after all) and ready to listen. Post a comment below and tell us what you want for Christmas!
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.k 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 …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The annual 'nativity scene discussion' is heating up, and we want to hear what you think.
Every December, the holiday decorations go up around the Greater West Bloomfield with fun light displays on houses, and lit up trees in our shopping centers. This month in Michigan, a Warren man won his court battle to be able to put up a nativity scene on Mound Road. According to Fox 2, it was something his family had done since the 1940s, until being stopped by Macomb County officials in 2008. The scene will be up by Dec. 15. These manger scene legal scuffles are some of the latest battles in what many—headed up by national TV station Fox News—have dubbed the "War on Christmas." From the use of Happy Holidays over Merry Christmas, to the end of Christmas trees and manger scenes in many municipalities, some argue that the nation is …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Optimist Club of Keego Harbor hosts Sunday lunch with Santa at Santia Hall.
The Optimist Club of Keego Harbor hosted an estimated 100 children for Sunday lunch at Santia Hall; giving away gifts, painting faces, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus. While families socialized and enjoyed good company, West Bloomfield Patch wanted to know: what are kids asking for from Santa this year? The children of Keego Harbor graciously filled us in. Merry Christmas, Keego! If you had your picture taken with Santa Claus, click the Upload Photos and Videos button to share it with Patch readers.