Sunday, December 23, 2012
We're looking for photos of the most unique, quirky, or memorable trinkets that you hang on your tree for the holidays.
Holiday decorations do more than glitter and sparkle — they give a hint about the personality of their owners. Whether it's a trinket showing loyalty to a favorite sports team, cartoon character, or store [did you get your mini coffee cup from Dunkin' Donuts this year?] ornaments run the full range of sizes, shapes, and colors. And when it comes time to deck out the tree, it's the ornament that gets the best spot — the perfect place for the ornament to function as a conversation starter. Other folks prefer original, handmade decorations — especially if they were created by the kids when they were younger. Whatever the style, one thing's for sure: favorite decorations are unique. Here's your chance to share photos [or video] of the most …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
If the holidays leave you with little time to shop for gifts, try these stores in Woburn for great last-minute gift ideas.
With all of the tree trimming, cookie baking and partygoing, there is so much to do during the holidays that it's easy to leave shopping for Christmas presents until the last minute. But by then, the malls and chain stores are usually chaotic and the mere thought of battling crowds is exhausting. Here are some ideas for easy gifts that can be bought locally and require little stress: Tell us: What are some of your own last-minute gift ideas? Share in the comments below. WOBURN PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates | Pinterest | Instagram
Find holiday activities in Woburn. If we've missed any, add them in the comments!
Or are you a last-minute gift-getter?
This year, for the first time, I took advantage of Cyber Monday to get a few gifts knocked off my list. The sales on things I was looking at for family and friends weren't incredible, but the 10 percent off here or free shipping there certainly helped. What also helped me out this year was going as simple as possible when it comes to gift giving. Instead of buying my sister and brother-in-law individual gifts, I proposed that my husband and I get them one gift, and they get us one, with a $30 limit. We also instigated a Yankee swap with my inlaws this year, so we don't end up with a ton of gifts that we really don't need. So it'll be a pared-down holiday for us. The best part of holiday giving, I think, is watching a loved one's …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Tips to staying heart-healthy and happy this holiday season.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
The following text was provided by the American Stroke Association: Good eating habits can vanish from your list easily during the seasonal festivities, especially with additional stress in the mix. Special holiday events often serve up extra helpings of high-fat foods, and too many sugary or salty treats can be concern for those with high blood pressure, a risk for heart disease and stroke. It is better to have a plan going into the holiday season to help keep you in check. The American Heart Association can help you stick to your plan with 12 tips for good heart health this holiday season. They are simple and will provide you with a great start heading into the New Year. During the holiday and always, prevention is the first step in…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
With trees, extra lights and candle in many homes this month, it's important to be aware of the fire hazards they present.
As beautiful as holiday trees and lights are, they present fire hazards many people may not be aware of. The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts is urging homeowners to use extra caution this time of year to keep the season merry and to prevent holiday fires. The Red Cross provided the following tips to ensure a safe and happy holiday: Christmas Tree Care Holiday Lights and Decorations Holiday Candles
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
We're compiling a list of stores and restaurants open during the holidays.
Woburn business owners: Is your store or restaurants open during the holidays? We're making a list and checking it twice. If you'd like to be included, leave your business' store hours in the comments below for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. You can also email your store or restaurant's hours on those days to Woburn@Patch.com. Please provide your store's hours no later than Monday, Dec. 17, so we can give everyone advance notice of your store's hours during the holidays.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
What's going on in Woburn this weekend?
Make sure to also check our special list of Holiday Happenings in Woburn, as well! Saturday, Dec. 8— Sunday, Dec. 9—
Make these brisket, latke, and sufganiyot recipes for Hanukkah.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8 and ends on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 16. Observing the Festival of Lights goes hand-in-hand with making special Hanukkah foods. Before you light the menorah, make sure you have all the ingredients for some great brisket, latke, and sufganiyot. Although there are many recipes, below are a few to try during the eight nights. Potato Latkes Ingredients Instructions Once they are ready to eat, try them with some apple sauce mixed with sugar & cinnamon, sour cream or just a sprinkling of salt. Brisket Ingredients Instructions Sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) from chabad.org Ingredients Instructions TELL US: What are your favorite things to eat during Hanukkah? Do you have any…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Let Patch pay for those electric bills. Enter your house in the Patch Deck the Halls contest!