Wednesday, December 28, 2011
What will you work on in 2012?
In a few days we will all bid adieu to 2011 and welcome a new year. As always, many area residents will be making resolutions to change or improve something in 2012. We want to know what you’re doing (or not doing) differently come Jan. 1. Be sure to vote in our poll above and leave a comment below.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Vote in our poll and comment below.
Smartphones and tablets are all the rage right now and we want to know if you were one of the millions who received a new gadget as a gift this year.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
How to use your new mobile device with Patch.
Did you receive a new smartphone for Christmas? Do you want to know how to use it to stay connected to local Patch news, no matter where you go? We’re here to help! Patch has apps for iPhones and Android phones, and also makes it easy for you to upload photos, news and comments from anywhere. Here's a look at a few ways you can connect with Patch through your mobile device. Patch for iPhone Patch for iPhone keeps customers connected to the latest news, weather, local business listings and current events happening in their neighborhood. Patch’s app will keep them engaged and mobile by delivering 24/7 local community coverage. Patch’s useful features include: Plus, they can save anything from favorite stories to business listings direct to …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Locations in and around town where you can give back.
‘Tis the season for giving back! While the holidays symbolize many things for many people, they come at a time of year when community groups are in the most need of local support. Below you will find a map of locations in and around town where you can give back. If you head an organization in town that can use some extra support right now, please let us know in the comment section.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Find out when Santa is near your home.
Our friends at NORAD are tracking the whereabouts of Santa Claus and Winchester Patch will keep you updated through Christmas Eve night!
Locations for Christmas trees in and around town.
It’s only days until Christmas…have you purchased a tree yet? If not, don’t worry! Patch has scoured the area for nearby venues selling Christmas trees. Look through our interactive map to find out who is selling trees in your neck of the woods.
Keep tabs on the Jolly Old Elf this Christmas Eve as he makes his way to the home of all the good boys and girls.
Patch wants to remind all Winchester children, and their parents, that you can track Santa’s travels on Christmas Eve by clicking on this link on Saturday. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) monitors the air around the world, around the clock, checking for unusual happenings in the skies. So, of course, NORAD simply can’t ignore a flying sleigh powered by nine reindeer. NORAD Tracks Santa is an annual Christmas program, which has existed since 1955, produced under the auspices of NORAD. Every year on Christmas Eve, NORAD Tracks Santa Claus as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children around the world. Several high tech systems are used to track Santa, such as: radar, satellites, Santa Cams, and fighter …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Let us know which Christmas song you don't want to hear again.
It happens every year. Christmas music starts cropping up around Thanksgiving and for a week or two we tolerate it -- and many of us actually like it. Then, we move closer to Christmas and each note of an Andy Williams or Mitch Miller song makes our blood pressure rise. There's only so much mirth one person can take! Then there's the sappy song like Wham's tune or the corny songs from legends like The Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Eartha Kitt or Dean Martin. And then, there's Feliz Navidad, 12 Days of Christmas and no list of painful Christmas music is complete without Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. So, we want to know -- which Christmas song are you most tired of? If we don't have your choice in the poll, let us know in the comment …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Suggestions for cutting through the chaos of the season.
I am one of those annoyingly festive people who actually loves this time of year. But there does come a time in the middle of filling out holiday cards, baking cookies, decorating the house, checking lists, and shopping for gifts when it all becomes a bit overwhelming. There are ways to simplify this season so that we’re not running ourselves ragged by the time New Years comes along. Cut down on travel: This may be an unavoidable necessity if you live far from family. But while your kids are young, you may want to reconsider the need. Travelling with little ones is always a hassle. Add in the chaos and expenses of the holidays, and it makes it much more complicated. Consider staying close to home and keeping it low key, with the promise …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
At the Gingerbread Construction Co., hundreds of customers line up for freshly baked muffins on Christmas Eve day.
The first thing that hits you as you approach the Gingerbread Construction Company is the aroma – the sweetness of gingerbread, muffins, and cookies fills the air. Step inside and it’s a pre-holiday frenzy as workers churn out baked goods that customers come in steady streams to pick up. This a hectic time for the Gingerbread Construction Company, whose flagship store is in Winchester but does most baking at a second location in Wakefield. The stores do a brisk business in gingerbread houses and gingerbread cookies throughout December, but the busiest day of the year is coming up on Saturday. That’s Christmas Eve, when hundreds of customers line up annually for the bakery’s decadent muffins, which come in 20 varieties. The muffins are a …