Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, the final night of the Festival of Lights.
Here's hoping you and yours had a wonderful Festival of Lights. Rabbi Shalom Lubin, director of Chabad of SE Morris County, which holds community menorah lighting ceremonies in Madison, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, East Hanover and Florham Park during Hanukkah each year, said the Jewish holiday is especially poignant after Superstorm Sandy left many people figuratively and literally in the dark. The eight-day Festival of Lights, which ended Sunday, reminds residents that "the light within our hearts should light our surroundings" and "a little bit of light can go a long way," Lubin said. Hanukkah, which commemorates the Maccabees' rededication of the Holy Temple after their victory over the Syrians, during which one day’s supply of …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Cutting your own Christmas Tree can provide a lifetime of family memories.
There are two types of Christmas tree people: those who prefer to buy at garden centers and local stands, and those who like the adventure of cutting their own. For the first group, we brought you a list of nearby places where you can purchase your Christmas tree and support local organizations at the same time only a few days ago. If, however, you are a "cut-your-own" type of person, or think you might be if given a saw and permission, here are the tried and true places in New Jersey where you can release your inner-yuletide lumberjack. Rest assured. Almost all cut-your-own Christmas tree farms will cut them for you. Advice: bring gardening gloves to wear because the needles will pinch, and remember that most farms accept cash only. …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Look for the perfect fir for your living room at one of these locations, and suggest your own favorite places to pick up a Christmas tree.
With Florham Park's Christmas Tree lighting only hours away, area families may start wondering: Where can we get our own Christmas tree this year? Several civic organizations in Florham Park, East Hanover, Madison and Chatham sell Christmas trees each year as fundraisers. The Florham Park Jaycees, for example, have their Christmas tree sale on now on Ridgedale Avenue, in the parking lot of the Chase Bank. Dave Forbes, the head of the Florham Park Jaycees, said, "The proceeds go towards scholarships for local high school seniors and to help local organizations," such as youth sports in the borough. In Chatham also the Jaycees open up their Christmas tree stand each year at the corner of Main Street and Brooklake Road. Funds go toward the …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Chatham Community Players' put on their biennial production of the musical based on Charles Dickens' holiday story.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Chatham Community Players bring some of Charles Dickens' most beloved characters to life in their biennial production of "A Christmas Carol" beginning Friday. The musical by Philip Wm. McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer features the author, Dickens himself, as the narrator and a character in the play who guides the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge through a journey of discovery and wonder in Christmases past, present and future. Chris Furlong, the executive producer for the Chatham Community Players, said the story has become a traditional holiday activity within northern New Jersey. "While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends," Furlong wrote in a press …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. For grandparents, that number might be a little higher.
Here's the first thing you need to know about holiday shopping for grandparents: We just can't get enough pictures of our grandchildren. Whether they're printed on Kodak paper or popped in as wallpaper on our iPad screens, grandparents love, love, love looking at those precious faces. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking in the right direction: These are available on-line through sites like Snapfish.com, or you can order them when you take your digital images or film to Walgreen's, CVS, Rite Aid, or wherever you order prints. My personal favorite is a 4x6 album that fits into my purse. (Go ahead, ask me about my grandchildren.) Help the kids make a frame using a craft-store kit, or simple materials like heavy cardboard or Popsicle …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Target already has displays for Christmas and holiday decorations. Is it too early?
If you've been to the Target on Route 10 in East Hanover lately, you may have noticed some decidedly unseasonal decorations out. Nestled beneath a "spooky" Halloween board, complete with a haunted wood and a witch brewing ... whatever it is witches brew, there is a display of smiling snowmen and reindeer, angels trumpeting their joy and other Christmas and holiday-themed accouterments. And it's only Oct. 18, with two weeks left to go until Halloween, 19 days until the presidential election and five—count 'em, five—weeks until Thanksgiving. If Target is getting ready for the holidays, other local stores can't be far behind. Soon Starbucks will drop their pumpkin spice lattes for peppermint, the door to the CVS will be hung with garlands and…