Monday, December 24, 2012
How much will we spend this year? And what's the best-selling Christmas song of all time? Find the answers below.
We know that there were three Wise Men, 12 days of Christmas and that Santa delivers all his presents around the world in one night. But did you know... $23,439.38 How much it would cost to buy your "true love" all the gifts in the 12 Day of Christmas . 12.9 billion hours, $447 billion How many hours Americans were expected to spend shopping, wrapping and returning gifts last year. That was about 42 hours and $688.87 per person. Get your postman/postwoman a gift According to Hallmark, Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion . Nearly 1.5 billion cards are sent to friends and family every Christmas Season. (That's actually down 400 million cards since 2004.) $983 million The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from …
How to make a meaty meal to satisfy holiday guests.
Prime rib is a very expensive "company's coming" cut of meat, and typically it only goes on sale around the holidays. Prime Rib is on sale at Shop Rite for $4.99, for $5.99 at Pathmark and for $6.99 at Stop & Shop. I like to buy Sheffield & Sons “Angus” standing rib roast which has large, traditional prime rib bones and a good grade of meat (USDA Angus Choice Beef). It is typically three to four pounds. (With tall college guys in my family, we usually think a pound per person, including a bone with each slice.) Select a roast that is "marbled" with bits of fat "speckled" in the center of the roast (ask their meat manager to help you select if you have a question). This "marble" will give the roast the best flavor and ultimately the …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
A weak storm front expected to bring up to two inches of snow starting Monday night.
Cross your fingers. As of Sunday, weather projections indicate a storm front entering the region that could give us—gasp—a white Christmas. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20 percent chance of snow on Tuesday, with a temperature ultimately reaching 38 degrees. Stephen Pellettiere, with Ion Weather based at the Morristown Municipal Airport, said current projections appear to have the small storm begin producing at about 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, tapering off at the latest 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. "A little storm is passing to our south," he said. "There's a tenth of an inch of moisture, which translates to about an inch of snow." Some areas, including southern Morris County, could see as much as two inches of the white …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
A look at the hot toys for tots this holiday season.
Every holiday season, the mailbox fills with the latest toy catalogs. Children peruse the pages as they scribble their lists, daydreaming about what they will find under the tree come Christmas morning. Parents pull out their pocketbooks, spending hard-earned cash as they anticipate the joy on those little faces. What will be the runaway favorites this year is always a guess, but here are some of the latest trends, mixed with tried-and-true perennial favorites. jChews Smartphone teether by Jellystone No tears for parents or babies. Babies love nothing more than to gum Mom and Dad’s cell phone, but now they’ll be too intrigued with their own smartphone to chew on. The Jellystone smartphone teether comes in seven funky colors and is BPA …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Hundreds gather near police station to watch the borough turn holiday lights on.
Despite the chilly, rainy weather, the Butler Park was packed Friday night with families waiting to see the fixtures and police station lit up for the holiday season. The North Jersey Concert Band performed holiday tunes while Butler Mayor Robert Alviene led the crowd in a countdown just after 7 p.m. Santa also drove by the event on a Butler Fire Department fire truck.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Man in red will stop on borough streets to hand candy canes out to children.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Santa Claus will take his annual ride around Kinnelon on a Kinnelon Volunteer Fire Co. truck on Sunday. Jolly Ol' St. Nick will be touring the borough beginning at 10 a.m., according to an announcement sent out by the school district's notification system. Fire sirens will be on so residents should look for Santa outside when they see them.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Resident says helicopter ride at holiday event is worth the cost.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The following was submitted as a Letter to the Editor. If you'd like to submit a Letter to the Editor, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Editor, I am a 75-year-old proud grandfather who, on Dec. 18, will have lived 40 years in Bloomingdale. When I opened my email from Tri-Boro Patch just a few minutes ago, my immediate attention was drawn to the article “Helicopter Santa to Fly Into Bloomingdale.” My first thought was will my 8-year-old grandson Alex going to be excited at his age in seeing Santa in a helicopter again; and second, will his father take him to this event since it is his father’s visitation weekend. I then read the nice article written and I reminisced about the fun that I had with Alex when we waited and saw …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
All three boroughs schedule holiday events.
Santa Claus will not be riding a sleigh into Bloomingdale but a helicopter instead as the man in red will land in the borough on Dec. 9. The holiday festivities will be held at the Walter T. Bergen School beginning at 2:30 p.m. Bloomingdale Recreation Director Gail Galbraith described the event. "Music, crafts, carnival games, characters, horse and buggy (weather permitting) and, of course, Santa in a helicopter!" she said. Butler will be hosting its own park lighting event at the Butler Park on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to talk to Santa and Mrs. Claus and see the park illuminated. Kinnelon will also be hosting a holiday celebration this year and will invite residents to the Kinnelon Municipal Building for refreshments…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Annual event scheduled for Dec. 7.
The Borough of Butler will light up the downtown park again this year, kicking off the holiday season and illuminating the area. The celebration will be held on Dec. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. The Butler Park lighting is an annual tradition that brings families from the tri-boro and beyond together for a night of music, fun and holiday cheer in front of the Butler police station. Santa Claus and his wife make an appearance and invite children to hop up on Santa's lap and make a Christmas request. Last year, Santa Claus arrived on one of four firetrucks completely decorated in holiday lights. Check out photos from last year's event here.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Borough hosting holiday celebration for the first time in years.
The Borough of Kinnelon will be hosting a holiday celebration for the first time in several years next month. The event, which will be held on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Kinnelon Municipal Building, on Kinnelon Road, will feature a guest appearance by Santa Claus. Families are encouraged to bring their own cameras to take photographs with the "man in red." Hot chocolate and mini-munchkins will be served to children and attendees will hear a special performance from the Kinnelon High School choir. Additionally, the borough will light its Christmas tree during the event. Kinnelon Mayor Robert Collins said "it's been a long time" since the borough hosted a holiday gathering, but the event will not only be a celebration of the holidays, but of …