Thursday, December 27, 2012
There's not much better than a child's face when they run to the tree in the morning and start ripping into all the gifts Santa brought them. Share your moments of joy!
"Opening presents is like playing air hockey with God," is what Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal once wrote in trying to capture the joy of children opening gifts on Christmas morning. There's not much better than a child's face when they run to the tree in the morning and start ripping into all the gifts Santa brought them. Let's share those moments here and put a smile on everyone's face with a gallery of Medford kids opening their gifts on Christmas morning. Click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button to add your photo or video to our gallery. Who knows, your kid might go viral like the Nintendo 64 kid (see attached video).
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Dec. 26 is National Candy Cane Day.
It's National Candy Cane Day today, which seems fitting given that you likely have a surplus lying around at this point in the holiday season. We visited the National Confectioners Association website to gather the questions and answers for a quiz dedicated to the striped peppermint candy synonymous with the season. The quiz is available as a PDF so it's easy to print off and share with friends or family gathered at your house for the holidays. Or just test your knowledge below: Candy Cane Quiz 1. Legend places the origin of the candy cane in the: A. 1900s B. 1800s C. 1700s D. 1600s 2. According to legend, candy canes began as a means of: A. Rewarding shepherds for successfully guarding a flock. B. Bartering for the Christmas ham. C. …
Tuesday, December 25, 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 Days 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 or 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…
Monday, December 24, 2012
Snap a picture of your decked-out Christmas tree and send it in.
We spend hours hanging ornaments on and wrapping tinsel around our Christmas trees to make them sparkle. Show off your evergreen to those neighbors who won't be able to admire it in your living room by adding a photo to our gallery. Just click on the "Upload Photos & Videos" button. Don't forget to tell us a bit about your tree by writing a caption.
Friday, December 21, 2012
With trees, extra lights and candles 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 urges 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
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Our Patch Elf on the Shelf has gotten ahold of our computer and now wants to know what his buddy elves are up to. Share your photos here!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Hi friends! I'm the Patch Elf on the Shelf. Call me Patchy. I've heard about more of my friends hanging around the area lately, and I wondered what they were up to. Could their families post pictures here on Medford Patch to show me? I'd love to catch up with them. We all go back to Santa on Christmas Eve, but in the meantime, we'll be watching you! Cheers, Patchy the Elf
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: What's open and closed in Medford on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, and the MBTA schedule for the holiday.
Here's the list of what is open and closed in Medford and Massachusetts on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 and Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012: Open on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25 (at owner’s discretion): Closed on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25: Here are Medford store hours as provided to Medford Patch: Subway The subway will run a normal schedule on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24. On Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25: Commuter Rail The commuter rail will run a normal schedule on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24. On Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25: Bus Buses will run a normal schedule on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24. On Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25: The RIDE On Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, The RIDE will operate on a …
Monday, December 17, 2012
We're compiling a list of Medford stores and restaurants that will be open during the holidays.
Medford 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 Medford@Patch.com. Please provide your store's hours no later than Friday, Dec. 14 so we can give everyone advance notice of your store's hours during the holidays.
Medford Patch would love to share your photos with jolly old St. Nick!
Have you told Santa Claus your Christmas list this year? Did someone photograph the moment you whispered you wanted the new iPad or a cashmere sweater? With all the Santa sightings and photo opportunities, Medford Patch would like to share your photos for all to see! All photos are welcome! Whether Santa is giving a candy cane to your greyhound or cat, or your best friend's child! Just click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button (videos are welcome too!). You can also e-mail your photos with Santa to Medford@Patch.com.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Submissions can be entered directly through the Jingle Bells channel on Made in Medford's website.
Submitted by Made in Medford. Made in Medford, the local segment of Comcast’s Project Open Voice, announces the launch of its new Jingle Bells Channel, dedicated to celebrating the global holiday classic, on its website www.madeinmedford.com. To celebrate the spirit of the holiday, the Jingle Bells Channel welcomes everyone to submit their own rendition of the locally-penned, globally-loved holiday jingle. Along with featuring individual videos, the best (and perhaps the worst) renditions will also be “mashed-up” into one super-video, so businesses and residents alike are invited to have fun and put their unique spin on the song. From the Medford Historical Society to the Boys and Girls Club, from The Fells to Wellington Circle, no one …