Monday, December 17, 2012
What is the right age to reveal the truth about the jolly old elf?
For many small children, Santa Claus is a big part of Christmas. Kids pose on his lap for photos, write letters with detailed gift requests and try to be on their best behavior to avoid the naughty list. The big guy in red is a hot topic of conversation for those who celebrate and have little ones, which begs the question, when do you reveal the truth about the Santa myth? Do you tell your precocious 7-year-old the truth because she's no longer buying it and you are tired of lying? Do you reveal the truth to your 10-year-old so he doesn't get teased by his friends for being the last believer? Or do you simply let them believe until they come into the truth on their own? How old is too old for Santa? Do you remember when you learned the …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
For starters, dressing well is a compliment your host or hostess, according to Edward Steinberg, vice president of J.S. Edwards men's clothing and gifts store in Pikesville.
Edward Steinberg, an owner and the buyer for J.S. Edwards LTD Fine Mens Clothing in Pikesville, said there are plenty of reasons men should get dressed up for the holidays. "Dressing for the holidays I think is important, especially if you are going to parties," Steinberg said. For example, when you wear something new for the holidays, you: 1. Get compliments and feel better about yourself 2. Have a better time knowing you look good 3. Don't feel uncomfortable being underdressed 4. Compliment your host or hostess through your attire 5. Have fun by adding something new to your wardrobe: a new holiday color, a new scarf, sweater or necktie to add to your existing wardrobe, or by wearing the latest trend: fun socks. "You feel a little more …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Despite recent springlike temperatures, dreidels and reindeer adorn lawns.
Winter holidays decorations are being set up throughout the community under a calm sky and amid warm temperatures. On Tuesday, the temperature reached into the high 60s, bringing a 50 percent chance of showers Tuesday night, accoriding to the National Weather Service. The grass was still green, and we have yet to get our first snowfall. And that's not going to change much, according to the Garrison area forecast. For the rest of the week, leading up to Saturday—the first night of Hanukkah—temperatures will stay in the 50s and above. The holiday lasts through sundown Dec. 16. Some showers are expected—but there's only a slight chance—during the day Friday. And there's a chance again on Sunday. For the first lamp lighting at The Chanukah …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
aMuse Toys at the Shops at Quarry Lake offer crafts, games, puzzles and art projects that will interest kids of any age through the eight-night holiday.
Are eight nights of gift-giving in your near future? Hanukkah begins Dec. 8, and ends Dec. 16, and part of tradition is gift-giving. Amuse Toys in Pikesville can come up with the perfect children's gift for each night, from the Uncle Goose blocks with the Hebrew alphabet, to "Zingo," a bilingual English/Hebrew Bingo-type game. Owners of the store, located at The Shops of Quarry Lake, choose educational, ecologically friendly toys from manufacturers throughout the world. In this spacious, bright shop you can find small gifts for each of the first seven nights, as well as large gifts for the eighth night of the Festival of Lights. Store Manager Allison Humphries pointed out some of her recommendations for Hanukkah gifts Wednesday at the …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16 to deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/pikesville. Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. So, what are you waiting …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A business in Pikesville is already decorated—for Christmas. Where did I find this holiday tree?
Do you know who has this glittering, holiday tree with birds and bulbs? I found it at a business, somewhere in Pikesville on Nov. 13. I'm surprised that no one guessed this one, especially since the business where this tree is set up sees so many customers each day! I took this photo at Starbucks at Festival at Woodholme. Fell free to upload onto this story, any holiday decorations you run across!