Did you know Santa's better half is from the Heights? We caught up with Mrs. Kris Kringle and found out where she crashes during her annual holiday visits to the south suburbs.
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.
Friday, November 23, 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. 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. So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to get your holiday …
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Share your funny pet holiday photos with Patch! We'll even get you started.
'Tis the season to trim the tree, deck the halls—and dress the dog in a Santa suit? It's OK—a lot of pet owners seem to get a kick out parading their favorite four-legged friend in a red felt hat topped with a puff of white. And kids aren't the only ones starring in photos with Santa Claus. I admit to slipping a pair of antlers on my horses Ziggy and Finn, though Finn prefers the Santa hat. And my dog Huck doesn't know it yet, but there's a Santa suit with his name on it. I've showed you mine, now how about you show me your photos of pets decked out for the holidays. Just log in, click "Submit Photo and Video" and then select your desired photo to add to the album. Don't forget to proudly claim the photo and pet by leaving your pet's name …
Friday, November 18, 2011
With retailers starting to think about opening on the holiday, has Turkey Day become just another day? Tell us what you think.
Earlier this week, Steve Grzanich, an afternoon anchor and reporter for WBBM-AM (780), tweeted an interesting thought: Are we losing #Thanksgiving as a holiday? Christmas season starts now before Halloween w/very little mention of Turkey Day. #stoprushingxmas Right now, grocery stores have limited—and sometimes full—hours on Thanksgiving. Retailers are opening earlier and earlier to catch the Black Friday wave. Target is opening at midnight, and Toys R Us will be open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Has Thanksgiving lost its holiday appeal? Will it eventually become as significant as Arbor Day or Columbus Day? Have we lost it as a day off to be spent with family and copious amounts of food? Take our poll and tell us what you think in our …
Friday, January 14, 2011
The legendary civil rights activist's birthday may be tomorrow, but has become tradition to officially celebrate it on the following Monday.
The world lost a pioneer in civil rights more than 40 years ago, but Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact continues to resonate today. In celebration of the national holiday your Chicago Heights Patch would like to highlight a few events going on near you Monday. 1. "Dream Like A King" Youth Empowerment Day - Take your children over to Sergeant Means Park for a celebration that will include musical guest, poetry and special performances, one of which will be a theatrical production by Chicago youth organization Kidz Korna. If you registered early and you'll receive a free lunch. The event times are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. 2. King Day Movie Matinee - Steger-South Chicago Heights Library will be celebrating Dr. King's birthday …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
So the holidays have passed and you have one too many can openers. Learn the rules of regifting.
Okay, it was a nice gesture but what to do with that gift of white chocolate that wreaks havoc on your stomach? And what of the purple angora jacket that's not quite your style? Or the flashy, costume earrings that simply don't work. The solution is regifting, and it can be very effective if you follow the rules. One cardinal rule is to make sure there are no tags in the wrapping left from the original gift giver. Countless stories abound from the careless who passed on unwanted gifts forgetting to remove the initial tags, notes and cards. The details were not pleasant. Another concern is the wrapping. Aesthetics is key. Change the wrapping. Repeat. Change the wrapping. All of it. Tissue. Outside paper. Ties, riboons, bows. Can't get much …
Sunday, December 26, 2010
It's no fun being in the hospital, especially this time of year. A Chicago Heights chaplain talks about ministering to patients who won't be home for the holidays.
The elderly woman was ill and alone on Christmas, and hadn't had a visitor in three weeks. So Chaplain Dobaro Dogisso and other members of the hospital staff put a small Christmas tree in her room, gave her a small gift and sang her a Christmas carol. It was time well-spent just to see the smile on her face, Dogisso remembers. Being in the hospital is difficult and stressful any time, but especially so during the holidays, said Dogisso, a chaplain at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights. Even patients fortunate enough to have loved ones with them still must cope with the knowledge they will not be home for the family's holiday rituals. They will not be there to watch their children or grandchildren open presents or enjoy Christmas dinner…
Friday, December 24, 2010
All thumbs when it comes to wrapping those last-minute gifts? We've got a gift-wrapping video lesson for you.
So you still have a lot of presents to wrap? And you're all thumbs with ribbon, bows, paper and tape? Fear not. Earlier this month, a gift-wrapping expert from Carson Pirie Scott visited the Chicago Heights Public Library for a lesson in perfect gift-wrapping technique. We've got the step-by-step process on video, our gift to you. And if you are feeling extra ambitious, there is a quick bow lesson at the end of the video you can't miss.
Bring the 7th Ward to your Holiday Dinner with Red Beans and Rice.
Although Alicia Guidry has roots that reach all the way to the 7th ward in New Orleans, Lake Charles and Opelousas, Louisiana, she is not afraid to admit that when it comes to making red beans and rice, she cuts corners. "Since I'm 26, I cheat," the Olympia Fields resident said. "I use Zatarain's brand red beans and rice, packaged smoked sausage and, what every Creole should have in their kitchen, Tony's Chacheres' Creole Seasoning." While some people may cringe because she isn't making this dish from scratch, Guidry says no one's complaining. She says her "quickie" version of red beans and rice stands up to her other family holiday meal staples, such as macaroni and cheese made with spaghetti noodles, gumbo, jambalaya, roasted duck and…