Saturday, December 22, 2012
As you look over the list of gifts you need this holiday season, an unsettling feeling starts. How will I pay for all these gifts? How about homemade gifts?
Gift-giving is meant to be a time for sharing how much you appreciate others, but rising prices and tight budgets take the feel-good vibes right out of gift-giving traditions. This year, take the money stress out of the holidays by turning to homemade gifts. Homemade gifts are a great way to show you appreciate someone while also adding a personal touch. Gifts don’t need to be expensive to be special. Get the family involved in the fun and you will be creating memories while making unique gifts for those who mean the most in your life. Patch explores the homemade holidays in hopes that you will find something to inspire you to enjoy the season more. Healthy options: Pack energy in a jar with healthy snacks like energy bars, dark chocolate…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Canadian Turkeys, carving the lobster and a turkey the size of a dog.
No need to worry about conversation topics around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Let your guests fill up on this Thanksgiving fun facts.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Saint Barnabas Medical Center is offering a free eight-week support group for those who lost loved ones through death
The holiday season can be a difficult time for those who recently experienced the death of a loved one. The Pastoral Care Department at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is offering a free public bereavement support group to help others through the period from Thanksgiving to the New Year. The support group will meet every week from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday from November 13 to January 8 at the interfaith chapel inside Saint Barnabas. Group discussions will cover a variety of topics, including how to handle sadness and pain and adjusting to life changes. Participation is limited and people must register and speak with a bereavement councilor to see if the group is right for them, said the Rev. Thomas Craig, director of pastoral care. “…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Self-guided tour will feature homes decorated for the holidays and a gift boutique.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Some of the most distinctive homes in Essex Fells will open their doors to the public in December to help support the borough’s elementary school. The Essex Fells PTA and the Essex Fells Foundation for Educational Excellence will stage their second Holiday Home Tour & Boutique on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Homes will be decked out for the holidays with special touches added by local designers, artists and florists. The tour will feature a variety of houses from grand to cozy, Tudor to colonial, new to old, displaying an array of decorating styles. "The last tour was a great day and such a successful event that we received many, many requests to do it again,” PTA President Leigh Bright stated in a release. “We hope that you'll experience the joy of …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Livingston residents come out for lighting of the Camuso holiday display.
Under balmy skies, residents, students, and local dignitaries gathered at the Oval in Livingston for the kick-off of the holiday season. The Livingston High School chorus joined with Dickens-era carolers, and elected officials to light the Camuso display, a display of illuminated figures bequeathed to the township by the Camuso family. The animated display, which was shown off at the township's gazebo Saturday night, featured lit up ice skaters, Santa and his reindeer and a violin-playing moose. The display is part of Livingston's Winter Festival, which will run through Christmas and will feature music, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits from Santa and more.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Do you make a non-conventional dessert? Side dish? Main course? Tell us about it!
While the “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner usually consists of turkey and trimmings, we have all established different traditions through the years. That said: Do you bake or cook anything that strays from conventional Turkey Day cuisine? Perhaps it is a dessert, a side dish – or maybe even the main course. We are looking for your non-traditional recipes to share with our Patch readers. Please e-mail them (and pictures) to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish them early next week. And, of course, feel free to share below in the comments.