Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Got unwanted Christmas presents? Lifehacker has tips on how to get those gifts exchanged.
Christmas is over and now you don't know what to do with that extra Snuggie or Chia Pet shaped like Spongebob. Some gifts are easy to return, especially if the gift giver included a receipt. But what if they didn't? Lifehacker has tips for you so you can swap that gift for something you really want. Check out their advice here.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
What gift have you received that left you speechless?
There's one every Christmas, it seems. That gift that puzzles you, irritates you, embarrasses you, frustrates you. And even if you know in your heart that it's Christmas and that you should be gracious and thankful, you just want to shake your head in disbelief? Was it the ugly Christmas sweater that you gave to Aunt Margie last year, carefully wrapped and unknowingly (or knowingly) re-gifted right back to you? Was it that set of salt-and-pepper shakers shaped like cheese wedges that your grandmother gave you because she thinks you need a hobby, and shouldn't everyone have a collection of something? Was it the donation made in your name to a charity you would never have wanted to support, but that the giver supports enthusiastically? The …
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 …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Gather round the punch bowl and fill your cup. It's time to welcome the holidays with a traditional cup of cheer or a pour of Port.
Time to toast the holidays. So order up. “I’ll have a flaming rum punch. No make it mulled wine heavy on the cinnamon, light on the cloves,” the holiday drink request of Clarence (angel second class) in the film It’s A Wonderful Life. Holiday libations such as these have filled countless holiday cups for centuries. On second thought make that millenniums considering mulled wine’s basic recipe has been traced to ancient Rome before it became associated with Christmas as the holiday drink of choice, thanks to Charles Dickens who mentions it in his timeless tale, A Christmas Carol. Mulled wine along with other punches, whether flaming or not, in recent years has enjoyed a comeback. Perhaps due to renewed interest in the Victorian and …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Find out how to become one of the ubiquitous Salvation Army bell ringers this holiday season and help raise money for families in need.
It's that time of year again when volunteers for the Salvation Army don their red aprons, stand in front of their red kettles and ring bells to raise money for those in need. We're sure you've seen the famous Salvation Army bell ringing army around every holiday season in front of your favorite mall, grocery store or pharmacy. This year, Patch is making it easy for you to sign up and become a bell ringing volunteer yourself! The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas campaign helps raise funds to provide food, clothes and toys to 6 million people nationwide. Why volunteer? Here are the top 10 reasons why Salvation Army volunteers say they donate their time: If you'd like to volunteer, choose your region below and sign up for a shift online…
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Buy your annual holiday cards from a local charity this year.
Every holiday season, families across the country send cards to their loved ones, filling them in on the last year and wishing them a happy new one. For families planning to buy holiday cards this year, nonprofit organizations around the area are offering unique cards that benefit their missions. That way, each card sends holiday cheer while supporting a worthy cause. Here is our round-up of holiday cards for charity. Operation Food Search Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Our Little Haven Saint Louis Zoo Is your non-profit organization selling cards this holiday season? Add your photo and information to the story by clicking the Upload Pictures and Video button.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Yes, it's still a little early to think about Christmas shopping. I understand. But it's coming up soon. And we all know that one person who is extremely hard to buy for. What do you do?
I will make no apology for this edition of our weekly "Conversation Starter." I'm selfishly motivated by the need for your help. And I don't care that Halloween is still three days away. Or that Christmas is still nearly two months off. We need all the time we can get. See, here's the problem: My father is in his early 70s; my father-in-law is in his early 80s. If anything, they're trying to get rid of things. What do you buy for the hard-to-buy-for? What do you do to make the Christmas merry for the folks who seem to have everything, don't need anything or who won't let themselves get pinned down? Here's another stumper for you: My son is 17. He's a drama kid, a singer, a World of Warcraft fanatic. He is every bit as hard to buy for as my…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Patch wandered through Barnes and Noble and found a baker's dozen of great reads for kids big and small.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, pilgrims, Santas and snowmen were recently spotted at the Arnold Dierbergs florist shop. Dierbergs staff said they were actually late getting their holiday display set up.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Arnold City Hall will be closed to observe Christmas Day and New Year's Eve this week.
Arnold City Hall will only be open for three days, Tuesday through Thursday, for the week beginning on Dec. 26. Residents needing to pay bills or complete business at City Hall, at 2101 Jeffco Blvd., prior to the end of the year should plan talk with municipal employees during the middle of the week. Arnold City Hall will be closed to observe national holidays that occur on the weekends. Since Christmas is on Sunday, City Hall will be closed on Monday, Dec., 26. And since New Year's Eve is on Saturday, the building will close on Friday, Dec. 30, at noon. Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that Arnold City Hall would be closed all day Friday. The writer erred.