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 …
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 …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Jewish Festival of Lights begins at sundown Saturday; historic house tour in Nutley and elsewhere
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
The past week has featured a slew of holiday events celebrating the arrival of Santa Claus, a plethora of holiday tree lightings and a chill in the air making the season feel more like the holiday season. Here are a few events around Essex scheduled for this weekend: Christmas Bazaar Saturday, Dec. 8, Noon Little Zion Methodist Church 154 Stephens St., Belleville FREE Gifts and baked goods, reasonably priced. Sponsored by church school staff. PICTURES WITH SANTA (For your child or pet) Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. 74 Franklin Ave., Nutley $10 Have a picture taken of your child or pet with Santa. Verona Senior Club Christmas Party Today, Dec. 7, Noon The party will be held at Ravello, 138 Eagle Rock Ave., East Hanover. Entertainment will be …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Newark Museum Exhibit Highlights a Holiday Past.
The Christmas season, circa 1891, wasn’t all that different from the Yuletide celebrated today. Newspapers were stuffed with ads for holiday bargains, kids breathlessly awaited the arrival of Santa. A tree brimming with ornaments likely stood in the parlor. Not everything was precisely the same, however. The traditional holiday meal back then might also have included such delicacies as stewed oysters and (yum!) fried celery. Along with stockings on Christmas Eve, youngsters might also have put out wooden shoes to be filled with candy by a certain jolly old elf. The Newark Museum is currently hosting an exhibit that transports visitors back to that Christmas past called “Christmas in the Ballantine House: Feasting with Family and Friends…