Wednesday, December 26, 2012
There's not much better than a child's face when they run to the tree in the morning and start ripping into all the gifts Santa brought them. Share your moments of joy!
"Opening presents is like playing air hockey with God," is what Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal once wrote in trying to capture the joy of children opening gifts on Christmas morning. There's not much better than a child's face when they run to the tree in the morning and start ripping into all the gifts Santa brought them. Let's share those moments here and put a smile on everyone's face with a gallery of Medford kids opening their gifts on Christmas morning. Click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button to add your photo or video to our gallery. Who knows, your kid might go viral like the Nintendo 64 kid (see attached video).
Friday, December 21, 2012
Here's a glance at other holiday activities going on around town through Dec. 25, including a Christmas Pageant and Christmas Caroling at Tilden Village on Sunday.
With just four days left til Dec. 25, here's a look at holiday festivities going on in Medfield. If we've missed anything, just let us know in the comment section below and we'll add it right away! MEDFIELD HOLIDAY PLANNER Sunday, Dec. 23 10:30 a.m., St. Edward's Church, Christmas Pageant. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Christmas Caroling at Tilden Village. and... Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services ONGOING Boy Scout Christmas Tree Pickup. Schedule now to dispose of your holiday tree; pick up will be Dec. 29, Jan. 5, or Jan. 12. For more information or to schedule a pickup, click here. Receive updates to this story -- it's changing every day -- and other breaking news in your inbox or smartphone by signing up for our newsletter here.
Wednesday, December 12, 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
The fundraising brochures will arrive in mailboxes this week with the hope of raising money to continue the restoration of the Lowell Mason House, now on Green Street.
When you open your mailbox this week, you will likely find a card from The 2012 Lowell Mason Foundation Annual Appeal, thanks in large part to the teens of the United Church of Christ. When the LMF found itself in need of some help preparing its 2012 annual fundraising mailer, they reached out to the United Church of Christ and its Senior High Fellowship (grades 9-12). Working with Director of Student Ministries Wendy Ludwig, Rick Abecunas from the Lowell Mason Foundation put together a “folding party” where the students folded, sealed and pre-sorted the Medfield town mailing, which will then be delivered to nearly 5,000 households and businesses in town. “I was very pleased when Rick called me to see if this was something the Senior …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The countdown begins: 29 days til Christmas...
With Thanksgiving dinner just barely behind us, holiday decorations started popping up quickly over the weekend. On Friday, residents were seen dragging out boxes and untangling lights. On Saturday, several volunteers were doing the same thing at Baxter Park on a much larger scale as they needed the help of a cherry picker to hang the 8,000 lights that decorate the area near Routes 109 and 27 each year. On Sunday, even more residents were decking their homes with festive decorations and -- in the case of one Adams Street resident -- with a snowman clock counting the seconds til Christmas. Tell us: Have you decorated your house yet? If so, be sure to enter our "Deck the House" contest for a chance to win $100,000 for your local school …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Lord's just finished remodeling and expanding the toy department, just in time for holiday shopping.
After many long days and late hours at Lord's, Nancy Kelly-Lavin, her brother Tom Kelly, and their team have just completed a remodeling and expansion project for the "Toyland" area at Lord's. Raschel Gray, Kelly-Lavin's mentor and friend who was a hugely successful retailer herself, had a vision of changing up the toy area at Lord's so the products could be seen from Main Street and were move visible inside the store. Gray, having come from a merchandising background and as the owner of the former "Raschel's," brought this idea to Kelly-Lavin. With the help of Medfield resident and carpenter, Eric Ludwig, whom Gray said is "brilliant at what he does," they made great changes to this part of the store. Kelly-Lavin is thrilled with the …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Columnist uses his senses to sniff out gifts.
My name is Mike. I'm a gift guesser. When I was a wee lad, I would wake up in the middle of the night, go downstairs and start shaking my gifts. I would sneak out of my bedroom when everyone was asleep and execute my game plan. I'd wake up in the middle of the night and raid the Christmas tree to see what was under it. I'd try to look under the wrapping to see if anything was sticking out. Rattling was usually good. That usually meant something to play with. No rattling usually meant a sweater or a shirt or pants. No fun there. My mom would say, "You want to look nice for Christmas Day." I'd say, "I'd much rather have a toy truck." The key was not to rip the wrapping paper or damage it in any way. That was a dead giveaway that my midnight …
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/
Friday, December 31, 2010
Over 800 toys and $1,000 donated to 2010 Toys for Tots.
The response to this year's Toys for Tots drive was so overwhelming that, at times, it was difficult to get through the vestibule of the Medfield Police Station which served as a drop-off point this year. The successful Toys for Tots program is run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which collects new toys for children in need and distributes them as Christmas gifts. "It was pretty good for the first year," said Officer Eric Pellegrini of the Medfield Police Department. "This was the first year we had a donation drop-off at the station and I actually had to move some of the toys because the area was overflowing…It was a very, very good turnout." Pellegrini collaborated with fellow Marine Frank Iafolla who has organized …
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Here's a look back at the scenes around Medfield during the Christmas season.
Now that Christmas is here, Medfield Patch looks back at all the sights and scenes of the holiday season around town. The Christmas festivities included the tree lighting ceremony at Baxter Park, the Holiday Parade on Main Street and Christmas Eve service at the United Church of Christ of Medfield. View our photo gallery to get a look at what we've captured. We also captured scenes of Christmas lights and decorations from houses and local businesses around town. Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday. Merry Christmas.