Saturday, December 22, 2012
The National Weather Service plays Santa Claus with a forecast that looks good for snow on Dec. 25.
If you love a white Christmas and you live in Darien or Woodridge, you just might be in luck in 2012. The National Weather Service-Chicago forecast for our neck of the woods calls for a slight chance of snow showers on Christmas eve (Monday, Dec. 24) and Christmas day (Tuesday, Dec. 25.) That, coupled with the small amount of snow that fell on Geneva Thursday and Friday, might translate to at least a little of the white stuff covering the ground and making the season a little more bright. The forecast indicates the snow could melt off, however, over the weekend. The high temperature for Saturday is 40 degrees, and it's supposed to get up to 38 degreees on Sunday. But after that: Merry Christmas to all in Darien and Woodridge!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
If you've got wit, add your caption to Patch's weekly comic challenge and win a personalized print.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to Louis W. Sagan, who provided the winning punchline to last week's Doctor and Bear cartoon: If you think I'm letting you anywhere near me with a scalpel, you can…
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16. CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST PAGE Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. Our contest is right around the corner…
Thursday, November 1, 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 …
Monday, December 26, 2011
What was the best? The worst?
Now that Christmas Day 2011 is past us, let's examine our plunder. What was the hottest gift under your tree? What was the best? The worst gift you received? Tell us in the comments! Share your holiday experiences with us and have a restful holiday!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Did you know the twelve days of Christmas will set you back nearly $25,000? And other fun facts.
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...
Looking for something to talk about over Christmas dinner? Here are a few things most people don't know about our yuletide traditions.
There are so many holiday traditions that we do without thinking much about how or why they started. Allow us to shed some light on a few: 1. Candy Canes. They're believed to have made their debut in the mid-1600s, when a German choirmaster made white sugar sticks shaped like shepherd’s staffs in the mid-1600s to keep fidgety kids occupied during live Nativity scenes, according to www.christianitytoday.com. The idea caught on, and became common at Nativity scenes all over Europe. The idea of using them as tree decorations began in about 1847, and red stripes and peppermint flavor were added around the turn of the century, the Web site says. Christian sources say the candy has many symbolic qualities – the white representing the virgin …
Friday, December 23, 2011
From chocolate to lemon to Santa's favorite, we show you eight cookie recipes sure to please at any occasion.
1. Cornflake Holly Cookies What you'll need: Butter, marshmallows, cornflakes, cinnamon candies, vanilla, green food coloring Why you'll love them: The cookies are beautiful to look at. Plus, they combine cornflakes, marshmallows and candy. How can you lose? 2. Aunt Marion's Toffee Bars What you'll need: Soda crackers, brown sugar, butter, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, walnuts or pecans (optional) Why you'll love them: Everyone knows that sweet and salty make for the most satisfying holiday snacks. 3. Whirlaway Cookies What you'll need: Butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla, flour, oats and chocolate shots Why you'll love them: Try these cookies for when you want a lighter dessert option. 4. Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
See how holiday traditions differ from country to country.
For nearly 70 years, the Museum of Science and Industry has amazed visitors with its Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light displays. A massive 45-foot tree decked out with with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments graces the museum's rotunda, while 50 smaller trees representing countries from Armenia to Wales surround it. The trees are decorated by volunteers from Chicago's various ethnic organizations and communities and feature decorations reflecting their diverse cultures and traditions. Armenia Children hang their handkerchiefs from the edge of the roof, then climb on to the the roof and sing. Adults will then climb to the handkerchiefs and fill them with money, fried wheat and raisins. On Christmas Eve, they eat …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
A favorite holiday treat.
Ingredients: 1 lb. butter 4 1/2 cups flour 6 tbsp. white sugar 1 1/2 cups pecans (finely chopped) 1 cup confectioners sugar 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Soften butter sticks then place in large bowl. Add 6 tbsp sugar. Mix together well with hands. Add flour and nuts a little bit at a time. Continue mixing until a dough ball is made. 3. Take 1 tsp of dough and roll into a horn (or crescent) shape. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used. Place cookie sheets in oven and bake for 20 minutes. 4. Remove cookies from oven and immediately place on cooling racks with wax paper underneath. 5. Fill confectioner sugar shaker with sugar and shake over cookies until completely covered. Makes 6 dozen