Monday, December 24, 2012
Share your family's traditions with us.
We all remember some holiday traditions from when we were kids. When I was a kid, one of my favorites was arguing with my brothers about who got to hang the beloved ornament on the tree. The "Mouse House," as we called it, was special because inside a mushroom was a family of mice, each doing their own thing. We would stick a lightbulb inside the house from a string of lights so you could see what was going on inside. I know, I know, that sounds pretty lame. But it's just one of those things that sticks with me. With all that's going on in the world right now, sometimes it's nice to take a break and think about memories that are simple and happy. We want to know: What are those traditions that just "stick with you?" Did your Grandma make…
Sunday, December 23, 2012
See when Santa will arrive in Richfield or any part of the world on Christmas Eve.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Santa and his elves will be setting up shop in local malls around the Twin Cities metro area.
Santa is ready and willing to talk with youngsters and pose for photos from now through Christmas Eve at . Where: 10 Southdale Center Edina, MN 55435 When: Every day through Dec. 24. Mondays through Friday: Saturdays Sundays Christmas Eve Special notes: Santa takes a break to feed his reindeer from 1-1:45 p.m. and 5-5:45 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays. The Santa set at Southdale is in a new location this year, in the AMC District Rotunda. Where: I-494 and Penn Avenue in Bloomington, MN 55431 When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 Where: 10606 France Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55431 When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 Where: 8251 Flying Cloud Dr. Eden Prairie, MN 55344 When: Every day through Dec. 24…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Thanks to a special U.S. Postal Service program, Santa will reply to children who mail him their Christmas wish lists this holiday season. But, letters need to be postmarked by Dec. 10.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Thanks to a special U.S. Postal Service program, Santa will reply to children who mail him their Christmas wish lists this holiday season.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Every year, millions of children sit down to make a wish list for Santa, hoping he will make all of their Christmas dreams come true. But what if Santa actually wrote back? The United States Postal Service is now accepting "Letters From Santa," a program that allows any person to play Santa by sending a letter signed by Saint Nick to any child. According to a postal service news release, "The 'Letters From Santa' program helps parents fulfill the dreams of their own children." Instructions to send a letter from Santa: In Richfield, letters to Santa can be dropped off at the post office or sent in your home mailbox. TELL US: Have your kids written a letter to Santa this year? Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | …
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Larger than expected crowd participates in family event; more than 200 children attend.
A swarm of Latino children flocked en masse to see the Three Wise Men, or Los Reyes Magos, at Centennial Elementary School on Friday evening, the day of Epiphany. The Wise Men handed out gifts to eager and excited children as Rosa Rubio, one of the event's organizers, tried to maintain a steady flow of traffic next to them. Rubio, the board of directors vice chair for MIRA (Modulo de Informacion, Recursos y Apoyo), said that the crowd was larger than expected at Friday's event. MIRA, in collaboration with the Joint Community Police Partnership (JCPP), received donations for the gifts and raffle prizes that were handed out. Insisting that the event was not meant to be a religious one, Rubio said, "When we started organizing this, we were …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Do you know about Sinterklaas?
"Sinterklaas," a Dutch figure from which Santa Claus got his name, is celebrated annually on St. Nicholas Eve or the morning after in Belgium and France. Which day is St. Nicholas Eve? Editor's Note: Select your answer in the poll below and tell us how you know the answer in the comments section. The answer will be posted later in the day.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Do the kids get what they want or do you stay within a budget?
Jobs have been lost. Houses have been foreclosed on. This year has been a tough one for budgets, says the media. But it has not been a rough year for all. Because public classrooms are not determined by family income, kids of all economic statuses talk to one another. They watch TV, where there are commercials filled with amazing toys that will better their lives. This is not a new issue. Even in a perfect economy, there are children who are the “haves” and others who are the “have nots.” Some kids get the most awesome gifts in the world. And others do not get very much. Then, after some thought, the kids who didn’t get the big gift of the year want to know why Santa Claus (see discussion on The Santa Talk) likes them less than a …
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The Richfield Optimist Club's annual Breakfast with Santa event was held at Oak Grove Lutheran Church Saturday morning.
Santa Claus himself made an early appearance in Richfield Saturday morning, stopping in to listen to Christmas wishes and eat pancakes at the Richfield Optimist Club's annual Breakfast with Santa pancake extravaganza. Children and adults were invited to take a turn on Santa's lap to tell him their Christmas wish list and take a photo or two. One of his elves was also on hand for face painting. Richfield Junior Optimists were also making the rounds, serving pancakes and sausage, refilling beverages and singing Christmas carols. The Richfield Optimist Club's mission is to support and provide programming and opportunities for area youth.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Is there a point where you have to tell your children Santa isn't a guy who squeezes down the chimney bearing gifts and looking for cookies?
I was devastated, betrayed, mad, sad, and—most of all—robbed of something to look forward to. Some kid on the bus had just told me Santa Claus wasn't real. Not something a 7-year-old wants to hear and I didn't want to believe it. I marched home and planned to confront my mother. As I burst through the door, the tears started streaming. Mom didn't know what the heck happened. Through my tears and sniffs, I explained to her that the cat was out of the bag: Santa wasn't real. I demanded she tell me the truth. "You really want to know?" she asked me. "Yes," I sniffed. "He's not real, honey," She said compassionately. As I began to wail, she panicked. Trying to soothe me, she quickly said: "But the Tooth Fairy is!" Regardless, Mom still played …