Tuesday, December 25, 2012
We want to see your furry friends decked out for the holidays.
Rover and Fluffy may not appreciate those cutesy holiday costumes and accessories us owners just have to buy - but hey, how can we resist when the furballs look so adorable dressed as Santa Claws or a reindog? Do you have holiday photos of your pet? Share them with us! Just click the green "Upload Photos & Video" button above this gallery.
From a 24-hour 'A Christmas Story' marathon and a trio of 'The Santa Claus' movies, there's plenty to watch this Christmas.
It's Christmas, the coffee has been poured and the presents are unwrapped — now what do you do? While you wait for the inlaws to arrive and Christmas dinner to finish cooking, flip one of these holiday classics to keep the kids, as well as the adults in the family, entertained.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Brighton residents speak out on which Christmas songs make them grind their teeth.
Christmas music comes to stay on radio stations earlier and earlier every year. And it seems like the same songs are remade over and over and then they're all played on the radio repeatedly, like a broken record. Brighton Patch readers shared certain songs that they just can't stand this time of year on Facebook. Trish Kilbane commented that all Christmas music is too much when that's all she hears for hours on end at work. Linda Rowland Bowen's vote went to "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" by Gayla Peevey. "That horrid hippopotamus song was cute the first time I ever heard it...afterwards, not so much," she wrote. "I just want to hear some of the songs sung in the 'old classic' way they are meant to be sung," Jill Sullins wrote. "I …
Here are 10 ways to have fun and spread holiday cheer in Novi without breaking the bank.
This year’s holiday season can be special for you and your family regardless of your budget. Here are some fun tips for creating new holiday traditions while saving money. 1) Make your cards from recycled materials. Cards can be made from paper grocery bags, cereal boxes, used file folders and even last year’s holiday cards. Feature your family’s artwork and use recycled wrapping paper or paper from catalogs and magazines for backgrounds. A great resource for making cards from recycled materials is "Creative Correspondence" by Michael and Judy Jacobs, available at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon.com. 2) Have fun together and create a festive decoration by making a gingerbread house. You can bake the gingerbread yourself and use royal icing to…
Saturday, December 22, 2012
When things get to be too much, it's okay to take a moment for yourself.
Let's face it, the holidays are not always filled with peace, love and happiness. In fact, for some people, they can be downright stressful. I'm one of the later people. Every year as December rolls around, I start to cringe. See, in my family, not only do we celebrate Christmas, but we happen to celebrate six birthdays too: mine, my husband's, my brother's, two of my sisters in law and my grandfather's. So in addition to all the Christmas gifts I get to buy, I also have to come up with birthday gifts. Not to mention the incredibly nice Happy Birthday message from the State of Michigan reminding me to pay my tabs. It's enough to make a saint stress out. The holidays have not always been this way. Not too long ago, they were something to …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Local bars and restaurants host parties to ring in 2013 with a bang.
What: Second Annual New Year's Eve Ball Where: Downtown Main Martini Bar & Grille When: Monday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost: $55 per person or $100 per couple Ticket Includes: Draft beer, featured martinis wine, appetizers, party favors, midnight snack, DJ Will's Dance Music and a champagne toast Dress to impress. Advanced ticket purchases only. What: Celebration 2013 Presented by Maxim Magazien and Crystal Renee Where: The Pound! Bar and Grill When: Monday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost: Dinner & Nightlife: $35 per person or two for $60 / Nightlife Only: $10 for men, $5 for women Ticket Includes: Dinner & Nightlife: choice of New York Strip or Salmon filet, potato and asparagus, shrimp cocktail appetizer, champagne toast, dessert …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
World peace, good health, an iPad—tell Santa what's on your wish list!
There's no need to wait in long lines to sit in Santa's lap. This year, you can tell Patch's virtual Old Saint Nick what you (or your kids) would like to see under your Christmas tree. Whether it's peace on Earth or a day at the spa, Santa is online (it's 2012, after all) and ready to listen. Post a comment below and tell us what you want for Christmas!
10 percent of profits will also go towards Gleaners Food Bank.
This weekend, a portion of the profits from Dionysus Theatre's debut production Home for the Holidays will go back to the community. Now through Dec. 23, 10 percent of proceeds will go to help the Ashinger family. Last March, Ashinger, was diagnosed with three types of cancer in his liver, lungs and perineum. After undergoing aggressive treatments of chemotherapy, the family was told in November that Ashinger had four to six months to live. The donation will go to help pay for his medical bills, according to Steve DeBruyne, Dionysus Theatre's owner and artistic director. An additional 10 percent of proceeds will go to Gleaners Food Bank to help feed the hungry this Christmas. When the cast of Home for the Holidays gathers for their …
Check out these tips on Livingston County's website to reduce holiday waste this season.
Gift wrapping during the holidays can be a pain, especially when you think of all the waste created Christmas morning when all your hard work is torn open and tossed aside. The Livingston County website offers tips on ways to reduce holiday waste while gift wrappping. Check them out below: Check out more waste reduction tips at http://co.livingston.mi.us/solidwaste/holidayWaste.htm.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Red Kettle Campaign is the Salvation Army's largest fundraising campaign each year, and will run through Dec. 24.
'Tis the season for giving, and the The Livingston County Salvation Army is asking residents to keep that in mind while out holiday shopping. Their Red Kettle Campaign, the single largest, intensive and public campaign of the year, is down about $13,000 in donations as of Monday, compared to this point during last year's campaign. Captain Aaron Ortman of the Livingston County Salvation Army said part of the issue has been the lack of ringers to man the kettles, but that has started to get a little better. "Outside of that, we're not exactly sure (why we're behind from last year)," he said. "We did extremely well last year as opposed to other years. We have about a week to go to raise about $55,000." The Livingston County Salvation Army …