Monday, December 31, 2012
Family-friendly ideas to ring in the New Year.
Looking to ring in 2013 with some fun for your family? Have relatives coming into town and you want to plan something special to celebrate? Why not throw a kid-friendly New Year's Eve party? Since I’m usually running on empty by the time New Year's Eve rolls around, I’ve put together some fun but EASY ideas for staying home and celebrating in your family room with the kids. GENERAL TIPS: Make it a party. If you don't have relatives staying with you, invite neighbors and friends with kids about the same age over to help celebrate. This keeps everyone off of the road, you can watch the kids together, and it saves on babysitter money. To keep it casual and easy, have everyone bring a dish to share. Start the party later so you don’t need to …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
We asked our readers for help in determining what Natick wants for Christmas this year.
We asked readers what Natick wants for Christmas this year. You gave us some answers, and here are five that got the most frequent responses: Can you think of anything we missed that you'd like to add? Tell us in the comments. Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our newsletter
Here is a schedule of Christmas services here in Natick.
Natick has many Houses of Worship in town, and several of those celebrate Christmas and will have Christmas services. Here is a schedule of Christmas services in Natick this year: Saint Patrick's Church will have three services on Christmas Eve: 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and midnight. They will also have two services on Christmas day: 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Albanian Orthodox Church of The Annunciation will have services on Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. St. Paul's Episcopal Church will have Christmas Eve services at 9 p.m. Services on Christmas day will be at 9 a.m. Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church has Christmas Eve services scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Common Street Community Church will have Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m. Hartford Street Presbyterian …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Need a quick holiday cookie recipe? Make one of these for your parties this season.
One of the most important holiday questions to ask yourself is: What kind of cookies will you be baking for your get-togethers this season? From sweet to savory, holiday cookies come in all shapes and sizes. And what’s better than to top off a tray of cookies than a glass of homemade eggnog? For those of you who aren't the baking type yet love a good cookie for the holidays, tell us which bakery in Natick or the surrounding area has the best Christmas cookies in the comments section at the end of this article. You can also check out myrecipes.com to learn how to host a successful cookie swap and view more holiday cookie recipes. Eggnog In a saucepan over low heat combine milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cinnamon stick and clove. Bring to …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
We're compiling a list of Natick stores and restaurants that will be open during the holidays.
Natick business owners: Is your store or restaurant open during the holidays? We're making a list and checking it twice. If you'd like to be included, leave your business' store hours in the comments below for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. You can also email your store or restaurant's hours on those days to Natick@Patch.com. Please provide your store's hours soon so we can give everyone advance notice of your store's hours during the holidays.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Even if you’re not lighting a menorah this season, here are five things you might not have known about Hanukkah.
Hanukkah, the Jewish "festival of lights," begins at sunset on Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends at sunset on Sunday, Dec. 16. When many people think of Hanukkah—sometimes spelled “Chanukah” because of its pronunciation in Hebrew—they think of dreidels, the nine-armed version of a menorah called a Chanukiah, and Adam Sandler. But here are a few things you might not know about the world’s most oft-misspelled eight-day holiday: 1. The dates of Hanukkah are always different. Well, at least to our calendar. If you had a Hebrew calendar on-hand, you’d see that Hanukkah always begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month Kislev. For our Gregorian calendar, Hanukkah can begin anywhere between late November and late December, depending on the year. But …
Friday, December 7, 2012
The holiday season is in full effect and continues this weekend with special events and holiday sales at Natick Mall.
The holiday season is in full swing, and nowhere in Natick is that more evident than with vast amount of shopping taking place at the Natick Mall. On Friday and Saturday the mall will be open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. On Sunday the mall will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. You can also have your photo taken with Santa on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Santa takes a break between 2-3 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. On Sunday Santa will be making an appearance from noon until 6 p.m. He will be taking a break from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. There are also many sales at the mall for the holiday season right now. Check back at that link as new sales are added.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Natick with fun events and delicious recipes.
This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16. According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. Is your synagogue having any Hanukkah parties or special events? Tell us about them in the comments section below this article. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for …