Friday, December 14, 2012
While the two holidays fall in close proximity to each other and are celebrated in popular culture together, Hanukkah does not hold the religious significance for Jews that Christmas holds for Christians.
Each year, Hanukkah falls in close proximity or during Christmas according to the Hebrew calendar. Because of that, the two are celebrated side by side under the “Happy Holidays” moniker. But in terms of religious significance, Hanukkah doesn’t rank as high for Jews as Christmas ranks for Christians. “It’s hard to not make a big deal of out Hanukkah living in America, and I’m not sure it’s a bad thing,” said Rabbi Rhoda Silverman of Temple Emanuel in Reisterstown. “That’s not a problem for me as long as we don’t forget about everything else that makes us Jewish.” Jonathan Schwartz, senior aide to Baltimore County Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond and a member of Temple Emanuel, sees Hanukkah as having two roles in the lives of American Jews…
Monday, November 19, 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!
Monday, November 19, 2012
Patch is 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. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16 by clicking here. A Columbia home in Howard County was named a national finalist last year. Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from those, 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. Now’s the time to get your holiday decorations out of the attic and “deck” your house. Click here to …
Monday, December 6, 2010
The holidays are almost here, and there are sales all around. What can you do to keep yourself from overspending on gifts?
With the holiday season in full throttle, there are specials and deals everywhere. Shoppers are the prey, stores are the predators and if shoppers aren't careful they can easily fall into a financial black hole that will take months to climb out of. Holiday cheer can turn into full on debt and holiday regret when shoppers do not budget wisely. To avoid overspending during the holidays it is necessary to plan ahead of time. In short, make a budget. When it comes to holiday pre-planning, making a budget is essential. Proper planning will yield positive financial results when it comes to holiday shopping. "You just gotta know what your budget is," said Patrick Lee, a Pasadena financial planner. "Most people don't know when and how they …
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Local Pasadena charities discuss what they do in order to kick off the holiday season.
Getting into the spirit of the holiday season is something that seems almost second nature to many of Pasadena's local charities. With that notion in mind, it is not uncommon to see a bell ringer with his or her red kettle from the Salvation Army standing outside of the typical Pasadena store in frigid temperatures collecting donations for charity. The bell ringers raise funds to help buy Christmas gifts, clothes, food, and gifts for needy families and nursing home residents. "Right now we're getting folks involved online at the JC Penney Angel Tree program where the proceeds will go to the needy families and once a donation is made JC Penney will ship items for free to the Salvation Army," said Major Coulson of the Salvation Army …