Monday, December 24, 2012
How much will we spend this year? And what's the best-selling Christmas song of all time? Find the answers below.
We know that there were three Wise Men, 12 days of Christmas and that Santa delivers all his presents around the world in one night. But did you know... $23,439.38 How much it would cost to buy your "true love" all the gifts in the 12 Day of Christmas . 12.9 billion hours, $447 billion How many hours Americans were expected to spend shopping, wrapping and returning gifts last year. That was about 42 hours and $688.87 per person. Get your postman/postwoman a gift According to Hallmark, Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion . Nearly 1.5 billion cards are sent to friends and family every Christmas Season. (That's actually down 400 million cards since 2004.) $983 million The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from …
How to make a meaty meal to satisfy holiday guests.
Prime rib is a very expensive "company's coming" cut of meat, and typically it only goes on sale around the holidays. Prime Rib is on sale at Shop Rite for $4.99, for $5.99 at Pathmark and for $6.99 at Stop & Shop. I like to buy Sheffield & Sons “Angus” standing rib roast which has large, traditional prime rib bones and a good grade of meat (USDA Angus Choice Beef). It is typically three to four pounds. (With tall college guys in my family, we usually think a pound per person, including a bone with each slice.) Select a roast that is "marbled" with bits of fat "speckled" in the center of the roast (ask their meat manager to help you select if you have a question). This "marble" will give the roast the best flavor and ultimately the …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
A weak storm front expected to bring up to two inches of snow starting Monday night.
Cross your fingers. As of Sunday, weather projections indicate a storm front entering the region that could give us—gasp—a white Christmas. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20 percent chance of snow on Tuesday, with a temperature ultimately reaching 38 degrees. Stephen Pellettiere, with Ion Weather based at the Morristown Municipal Airport, said current projections appear to have the small storm begin producing at about 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, tapering off at the latest 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. "A little storm is passing to our south," he said. "There's a tenth of an inch of moisture, which translates to about an inch of snow." Some areas, including southern Morris County, could see as much as two inches of the white …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
A look at the hot toys for tots this holiday season.
Every holiday season, the mailbox fills with the latest toy catalogs. Children peruse the pages as they scribble their lists, daydreaming about what they will find under the tree come Christmas morning. Parents pull out their pocketbooks, spending hard-earned cash as they anticipate the joy on those little faces. What will be the runaway favorites this year is always a guess, but here are some of the latest trends, mixed with tried-and-true perennial favorites. jChews Smartphone teether by Jellystone No tears for parents or babies. Babies love nothing more than to gum Mom and Dad’s cell phone, but now they’ll be too intrigued with their own smartphone to chew on. The Jellystone smartphone teether comes in seven funky colors and is BPA …
Friday, December 21, 2012
And, it's local, so you don't have to worry about deliveries by Tuesday!
It's almost here. And you, my friend, still have not finished your Christmas shopping. For shame. Fear not, procrastinator. That magical treasure trove of wonder, Craigslist, is here to save you. It accepts cash. You can accept the praise and admiration from those fortunate enough to reap these rewards. Merry Christmas!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Holiday tradition, collaboration now in its 22nd year.
Monday, November 26, 2012
This is he 22nd year Morristown’s Assumption School fourth-grade students have handcrafted period-style ornaments for the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum Drawing Room Christmas tree under the direction of their art teacher, Barbara Silverstein. A sizeable collection of cornucopias, cotton Santas, tussie mussies, fans and scrap tinsel ornaments are carefully stored in the attic from year to year, donated over two decades by the children who made them. This year students worked with quality reproduction die-cut images or “scraps” mounted onto gold foil-covered cardboard bells and silver paper circles, fringed for textural dimension. Popular during the mid 1800’s through the first quarter of the 20th century, brightly colored die-cuts were …
Monday, November 19, 2012
The Green in Morristown gets dolled up in anticipation of Santa's arrival.
Just as the song goes: It's beginning to look a lot like ... In anticipation of Sunday's Christmas Festival on the Green (moved this year from Black Friday), Morristown's square is all dressed up pretty-like, with ribbons, bows and Santa's workshop. Will you be parktaking of the annual festive festivities?
Monday, November 12, 2012
Find out what Christmas may have been like in the 1920s.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
What are your neighbors selling on Craigslist?
After two weeks of checking out some interesting homes for sale in Morristown, we're back on Craigslist this week here at "Morristown for Sale." Are you glad? Do you prefer the homes? Like them both? Vote in the poll after the post!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Radio host parlays his passion for the holiday into a year-round job.
For most of us, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but Jay Isherwood’s Christmas spirit lasts all year long. And, apparently he isn’t the only one who feels this way. He is the host and program director of an Internet radio station, www.MerryChristmasRadio.com, which plays Christmas songs every day, 365 days a year. As his station boasts, he is a certifiable Christmas nut. Last December, 70,000 listeners from all over the globe tuned into www.Live365.com to listen to the station and somewhere between 2,000 to 3,000 people were still listening in July, and throughout the off season. Isherwood anticipates the numbers will be even higher this year. This former Livingston resident always had an interest in entertainment, but it wasn’t …