Sunday, December 16, 2012
What is the right age to reveal the truth about the jolly old elf?
It is undeniably Christmas time, as evidenced by the decorated houses, Christmas tree lots popping up and Santas setting up shop in department stores and malls. For many small children, Santa Claus is a big part of the holiday. Kids pose on his lap for photos, write letters will detailed gift requests and try to be on their best behavior to avoid the naughty list. The big guy in red is a hot topic of conversation for those who celebrate and have little ones, which begs the question, when do you reveal the truth about the Santa myth? Do you tell your precocious 7-year-old the truth because she's no longer buying it and you are tired of lying? Do you reveal the truth to your 10-year-old so he doesn't get teased by his friends for being the …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Looking for something exciting to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.
Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend. Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up. To submit an event in the Columbia Patch events calendar, click on “Events” at the top of the page and then click on the green "Add an event" button on the right side of the page. Musical and Model Trains A Christmas Carol Lego Sale The Nutcracker Ballet Breakfast with Santa Christmas Variety Show Salute to Santa & The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Dept Sunday Santa Brunch Holiday Festival of Trains Santa Secret Gift Shop
Looking for exciting things to do? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.
Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend. Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up. To submit an event in the Patch events calendar, click on “Events” at the top of the page and then click on the green "Add an event" button on the right side of the page. Christmas Greenery Workshop The Legend of the Civil War Santa Holiday Trains and Planes Breakfast with Santa College Park Moose Lodge #453 Hosts a Christmas Dinner Dance Mishkan Torah Synagogue Annual Chanukah Party Bowie Senior Chorale Holiday Concert Maryland: A House Divided, an Exhibition Holiday Ornament Emporium Evangel Cathedral Christmas …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Thanks to a very special U.S. Postal Service program, "Santa" will reply to children who mail him their Christmas wish lists this holiday season.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Every year, millions of children sit down to make a wish list for Santa, hoping he will make all of their Christmas dreams come true. But what if Santa actually wrote back? The U.S. Postal Service is now accepting "Letters From Santa," a program that allows any person to play Santa by sending a letter signed by St. Nick to any child. According to a postal service news release, "The 'Letters From Santa' program helps parents fulfill the dreams of their own children." Instructions to send a letter from Santa: Letters to Santa can be dropped off at any post office location. Click here to find the nearest location in Howard County County. TELL US: Do your children plan on writing a letter to Santa this year? Let Patch save you time. Get …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Construction began on the poinsettia tree Thursday while Santa made his grand entrance.
Santa Claus has arrived at the Mall in Columbia. "It took us no time at all to get here," said Santa about his trip from the North Pole as he sat in a red chair in the middle of the first floor of the Mall in Columbia. "Mortimer the elf flies Santa down and then takes the sleigh to a nearby field not far from here where there is plenty of alfalfa and hay to feed the reindeer," added Santa. On Thursday, Santa was greeted by about 300 kids during his first full day the Mall. Neaby, construction began on the two-story poinsettia tree that will fill the fountain. Five workers were placing the approximately 800 poinsettias around the top, rigging them into irrigation lines that will provide water for the plants. The poinsettia tree has been a…
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
From the City of Laurel: Guess who is coming to town: Santa Claus! Your favorite jolly, old elf would love to have you as his special guest for breakfast. Celebrate the season, enjoy a hot meal and dance with other special guests like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Strolling carolers will provide live entertainment as you enjoy your breakfast and there will be plenty of photo opportunities for the entire family. Join us at the Partnership Activity Center on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM for our annual Breakfast with Santa. The cost is $7.00 per person and each guest must pre-register as space is limited. The Partnership Activity Center is located at 811 Fifth Street, Laurel, MD 20707. Visit the City of …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Artists and crafters will travel to Greenbelt from across Maryland this weekend — and Santa will fly in from much further north.
It’s that time again for an artists fair extraordinaire. This weekend arts and crafts makers will converge on Greenbelt to kick off its Festival of Lights. Festival-goers can buy unique handmade arts and crafts for holiday gifts, including pottery, jewelry, wood working, fine arts, stationery, handbags, textiles, spa products and more. Many of the artists and crafters are Maryland locals from cities such as College Park, Riverdale Park, University Park, Laurel, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Ellicott City and Greenbelt — of course. Santa Claus will start things off on Friday night when he helps light the holiday tree. Afterward the Greenbelt Museum will offer free tours of its historic home, decorated for the season. A juried art and craft …