Thursday, December 20, 2012
Consumerism surrounds the holiday season: is greed inevitable, and how do you avoid it?
For those children who celebrate, Christmas' biggest connotation can be a pile of gifts under the tree. With this in mind, a panel of staff contributors at The Chicago Tribune tackled the question of whether it's inevitable to see greed in their kids around Christmastime. The parents weighed in on suggestions to remind kids of Christmas spirit. Among their suggestions? Help your kids round up some old toys to donate to charity before giving them new toys. Sign them up to participate in a community service project. The Tribune's advice got us thinking at Patch about how we were taught or are teaching our kids to be less greedy around the holidays. Some of our suggestions? Find a giving tree and let your child pick a name or two off of it, …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Does the lovable children's holiday classic send the wrong message? Tell us your thoughts.
In October, Patch asked readers how they felt about one parent's view that "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" condoned bullying. Specifically, blogger DadCamp wrote that the show sends the wrong message to children because of its "continuous teasing and bullying" It's not the first time a parent has spoken out against a classic children's program with such a claim. Last December, news spread that author and special ed professor George Giuliani said that "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was also a program laden with the theme of bullying, considering how much Rudolph was an outsider due to his glowing red nose. Giuliani, as such, wrote a book titled "No More Bullies at the North Pole," which re-tells the story of Rudolph. What do you …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Where is Santa? Patch will be offering NORAD's reports about Santa Claus’ whereabouts on Christmas Eve.
Santa Claus is preparing his sleigh and his workshop is putting the final touches on the toys. On Christmas Eve, Santa will make his worldwide trek – and Patch will be there to let you know his location and when he comes to Massachusetts. Check back with Patch on Christmas Eve (Saturday, Dec. 24) and we’ll provide NORAD's latest information about Santa Claus’ location. You can check Santa's current whereabouts with the map above (from NORAD) or by clicking here: http://www.noradsanta.org/en/
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Musical tonight at 7 p.m.
Tonight students from New Testament Christian School will shed some light on the story of Christmas in a musical called, “The Light Before Christmas.” In this musical by Dave Clark and Jayme Thompson, Beaker and his fellow classmates enjoy the last day of school before Christmas vacation with a party in science class. As they decorate the classroom and trim the tree, a few lessons from their teacher help the kids begin to understand the full story of the birth of Jesus and why Christmas is celebrated. “Every year I look for Christmas programs that tell the Christmas story and I also look for ones that have upbeat music that kids like,” said musical director Susan Ferris. “We do a lot of choreography and dance moves. It’s important to me …
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Nine shows play to sold-out performances.
Now in its second year, the musical revue, Broadway Christmas, is back at the Mansfield Music and Arts Society's Black Box Theater in downtown Mansfield. Broadway Christmas is MMAS's love letter to the holidays; a mélange of music, dance, and sketch with a Broadway twist. After running for only one weekend last December, MMAS raised the stakes this season putting on nine performances over the course of 10 days. All nine shows, including the most recently added 1 p.m. matinee on Saturday Dec. 18 are unfortunately sold out. There will be shows Dec. 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m. Two Sunday matinees begin at 2pm on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. *Mansfield Music and Arts Society's new theater entrance is at 377 North Main Street. Check http://www.…