Sunday, December 23, 2012
Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.
In the midst of all the holiday hoopla, do you stop every time you find Miracle on 34th Street on television? Between the made-for-TV offerings, the newbies and the annual chestnuts, there are lots of opportunities to get some holiday spirit from the comfort of your couch. Vote in our poll and share your favorites in the comments! Do you need some modern humor, like Elf, or are you hooked on classics like It's a Wonderful Life and White Christmas when it comes to Christmas movies? Which variation of A Christmas Carol has you wishing for roast goose and plum pudding, Alastair Sim's version or Scrooged? Are there TV movies that you remember, even though few do, like The Homecoming (which led to The Waltons series) or The House Without a …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Spread some Christmas magic (or laughs) by sharing those adorable (or scary) pictures of kids sitting on Santa's lap here!
There's something magical about seeing the look in a child's eyes when they peer into Santa's. Or—it's the look of fear and terror. Let's face it, sometimes the trip isn't as pleasant as we all imagined. Either way, share some of the Christmas fun by posting your latest pictures of children sitting on the big man's lap. If there are enough submissions, the top photos will be shared in another story! Take a look at some photos shared on creepysantaphotos.com, for a good laugh or a shiver. To post your own photo, click "upload photos and videos" at the top of this story.
Here are a few in town or just a short drive away. If you know of any of your favorite restaurants that are open that we missed, add them in the comments.
Whether you don’t celebrate Christmas or just don’t feel like cooking for the holiday, we have you covered. Here are some of the restaurants that are open on Christmas Day in Northeast Ohio’s Patch towns: Click on the links above for information on each restaurant, including its phone number and regular business hours. Holiday hours may be different, so call ahead! Did we miss the restaurant you love to visit on Christmas? Are there any other Lakewood restaurants that you know are open on the holiday? Add the details in the comments.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Dealing with stress or feelings of loneliness this holiday season? The Cleveland Clinic's wellness coordinator gives simple ways to beat the holiday blues.
“Fitness, nutrition, mind, body and spirit are all connected,” said Hillcrest Employee Wellness Coordinator and RN, Rose Hosler. She suggests five, low- to no-cost ways that improve overall well-being and keep stress levels in check. 1. Take Time to Breathe: Sit quietly for one minute, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. You could do this while driving to and from work, before sitting down to eat, or at bedtime. The Benefit: Research shows taking deep breaths four times a day improves cognitive function by 20 percent. “Just step back. When you pause to take a deep breath, it calms your mind and body,” said Hosler. For emotional and physical benefits, she suggests breathing deep four times a day. 2. Use Aromatherapy: …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Fruitcakes, like mother-in-laws, have a negative stereotype. But that doesn't mean they're all bad.
My husband is a connoisseur of fruitcakes. What's that you say? He must have a cast-iron stomach because fruitcakes are usually inedible? Well, he may have a cast-iron stomach, but it's unrelated to his love of the candied fruit of a fruitcake. Although, I must say that I gasped in horror the first time I saw my husband open up a Christmas gift from his mother and it was a fruitcake. And it wasn't just any fruitcake. It was a Collin Street Bakery fruitcake. It's one of his favorite gifts. Every time my husband gets one and jokes about how he's going to eat the whole thing in one sitting. And every time he says that, my mother-in-law always reminds him how expensive it is. Fruitcakes, the good ones, aren't that hard to find, are they? If …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
The local spa and salon is hosting a customer appreciation event with trunk and style shows. There are also plenty of craft shows just a short drive away!
If you’re looking for some unique presents for your family and friends this holiday season, local craft shows and holiday bazaars are a good place to start. Here are the details on some of the shows in the area this weekend: If you know of any other shows this weekend, add them in the comments! And if you're hosting or attending an upcoming craft show, add it to our free event calendar. The Plain Dealer has more craft shows for this weekend and beyond on its website.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Upload your photos of the first snow of the year.
Today much of Northeast Ohio woke up to the first brush of snow of the season, and we're expected to see up to seven inches today. As the first snow falls, share your favorite pics with Patch. Just upload them to the gallery above.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
We rounded up a few things to do this weekend before and after you carve the turkey.
Once the main event is over, many families still have restless kids and grown-up guests for three more days Thanksgiving weekend. But we’ve got you covered. Check the list below for great things to do over Thanksgiving weekend. Annual Thanksgiving Brunch Bunch What: This charity auction features guest auctioneers from Kent State Athletics and all the free coffee, cider and doughnuts you can eat. Prizes/auction items include memorabilia from the 2012 College World Series and tickets to see the Golden Flashes play in the MAC Championship game and a ride on the Goodyear Blimp. When: Nov. 22, 8 am-Noon Where: Kent American Legion (Underwood Hall) Cost: $3 Donation at the door More: Annual Brunch Bunch Auction Supports Charities Free Admission …