Sunday, December 16, 2012
What is the right age to reveal the truth about the jolly old elf?
It is undeniably Christmas time, as evidenced by the decorated houses, Christmas tree lots popping up and Santas setting up shop in department stores and malls. For many small children, Santa Claus is a big part of the holiday. Kids pose on his lap for photos, write letters will detailed gift requests and try to be on their best behavior to avoid the naughty list. The big guy in red is a hot topic of conversation for those who celebrate and have little ones, which begs the question, when do you reveal the truth about the Santa myth? Do you tell your precocious 7-year-old the truth because she's no longer buying it and you are tired of lying? Do you reveal the truth to your 10-year-old so he doesn't get teased by his friends for being the …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Looking for something exciting to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.
Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend. Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up. To submit an event in the Columbia Patch events calendar, click on “Events” at the top of the page and then click on the green "Add an event" button on the right side of the page. Musical and Model Trains A Christmas Carol Lego Sale The Nutcracker Ballet Breakfast with Santa Christmas Variety Show Salute to Santa & The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Dept Sunday Santa Brunch Holiday Festival of Trains Santa Secret Gift Shop
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Thanks to a very special U.S. Postal Service program, "Santa" will reply to children who mail him their Christmas wish lists this holiday season.
Sunday, December 2, 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 U.S. Postal Service is now accepting "Letters From Santa," a program that allows any person to play Santa by sending a letter signed by St. 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: Letters to Santa can be dropped off at any post office location. Click here to find the nearest location in Howard County County. TELL US: Do your children plan on writing a letter to Santa this year? Let Patch save you time. Get …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Construction began on the poinsettia tree Thursday while Santa made his grand entrance.
Santa Claus has arrived at the Mall in Columbia. "It took us no time at all to get here," said Santa about his trip from the North Pole as he sat in a red chair in the middle of the first floor of the Mall in Columbia. "Mortimer the elf flies Santa down and then takes the sleigh to a nearby field not far from here where there is plenty of alfalfa and hay to feed the reindeer," added Santa. On Thursday, Santa was greeted by about 300 kids during his first full day the Mall. Neaby, construction began on the two-story poinsettia tree that will fill the fountain. Five workers were placing the approximately 800 poinsettias around the top, rigging them into irrigation lines that will provide water for the plants. The poinsettia tree has been a…