Browse the O'Fallon Patch Holiday Guide for Christmas and New Year's information.
Tuesday, December 25, 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 …
Check out this round up of holiday TV specials.
Dec. 25 ABC (Channel 30) NBC (Channel 5) What movies does your family watch on Christmas?
Our dietician says to enjoy the tastes of the season - just do it in moderation.
Holiday eating is often a time of lots of cookies and candy and a lot of eating on the run, two behaviors that can pose a challenge to a goal of healthy eating. Have no fear you can enjoy your holiday treats and still keep a healthy eating plan. If you’re spending the next two weeks baking for holiday parties you know that cookies, cakes, bars and candy are plentiful not only in your house but also at work – after all that’s where we take those “too many to keep” items. Manage your sweet eating by trying these tips: When it comes to grabbing meals on the run, studies show that we make poorer food choices and we eat more when we aren’t focused on what we are eating. If your day is packed with work, decorating, baking and shopping make sure…
Monday, December 24, 2012
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has several ways kids can track Santa and his reindeer for Christmas 2012.
For 364 days out of the year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) spends its time tracking airplanes, missiles, space ships—anything flying near the United States and Canada. But on Christmas Eve, a team of volunteers spends the night tracking a very special pilot: Santa Claus. "We are the only organization that has the technology, the qualifications and the people to do it," NORAD said on its website. "NORAD tracks Santa, but only Santa knows his route, which means we cannot predict where and when he will arrive at your house." Santa usually starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west, NORAD noticed, meaning he moves from the South Pacific to New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe …
Does your family open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
I have a sister who is 12-years younger than me, so in my family we have always exchanged presents bright and early on Christmas morning. As soon as our baby sister was awake, so was the rest of the family. Down the stairs we went to see what Santa had in store. Some families wait until Christmas morning to exchange gifts, while for others, it's tradition to open one present on Christmas Eve. Over the past month, some Patch readers have shared their Christmas traditions, worst gifts and best gifts with us. Now we want to know, what is your family Christmas gift tradition? Do you draw names or participate in a white elephant gift? Do you pile presents under the tree throughout the month of December, or do you wait of Jolly St. Nick to …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Culinary gifts made in your own kitchen are sure to be a hit.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Employees company-wide have given back to the St. Louis community by donating their time to organizations for the last 20 years.
Bank of America doesn’t just hire great employees—but dedicated volunteers. For 20 years, employees company-wide have given back to the St. Louis community by donating their time to organizations like Variety, Habitat for Humanity, St. Patrick Center, St. Louis Area Food Bank and many others. “We really promote giving back to the community and we focus on strategic volunteerism,” Bank of America spokeswoman Michelle Tucker said. “Because Bank of America has the infrastructure to support giving back, employees make decisions of what’s most meaningful.” To help support these efforts, the bank offers employees up to two hours per week paid time off to volunteer. This holiday season employees coordinated several large programs that are near-…
Friday, December 21, 2012
O'Fallon Patch's "12 Days of Christmas" features gift ideas from local stores to help you complete your holiday shopping.
Welcome to O'Fallon Patch's "12 Days of Christmas," where each weekday from Dec. 4-21, we'll feature gift ideas and deals from local stores to help you complete your holiday shopping. Today's 12th and final day of gift ideas comes from Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar, located at 217 S Main St., O'Fallon. In addition to gourmet coffee and boutique wines, Rendezvous Cafe offers breakfast items, soups, salads, sandwiches, tapas and desserts. The cafe is WiFi accessible, has an outdoor patio and meeting space available for corporate meetings or private events. There is a full bar and mini micro-brew beer. Rendezvous hosts wine tastings, food classes and live music. Manager Kim McLeod shared the top 5 gift items for this holiday season: 1. Wine …
You can help by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to its Family Haven location located on 10740 West Page Ave by Friday night.