Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Patch is helping you plan for the Christmas holiday week.
Looking for something fun to do while the kids are home over Christmas break? Here are five east crafts that are great to giveaway to grandparents as gifts, to keep as cherished memories, or to just make your home feel more festive. 1. Christmas Tree Sun Dazzlers 2. Christmas Time Capsules 3. Easy Candy Cane Ornaments 4. Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments 5. Gumdrop Snowflake Ornaments
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Do you have ornaments that remind you of special people and events?
I usually put up two Christmas trees -- an upstairs formal one with white lights and the downstairs fun one with colored lights. Between the two of them, I have dozens of ornaments with stories and memories behind them. For example, I have an ornament on my tree that was given to me by my high school Spanish teacher. That ornament has been on my tree every year since she gave it to me in ninth grade (which was longer ago than I care to admit). She was a very special lady and the world is a less bright place without her in it. I also have several ornaments my mother made before I was even born (those are definitely older than I care to admit). They are beautiful satin balls covered with jewelry, beads and sequins. They are important to me …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Do you need a nice, inexpensive gift for someone on your list this year? Check out these suggestions for gifts $15 and under.
Need a gift for a teacher or gift exchange at work? Perfect inexpensive gifts abound! Check out our list of 10 gifts under $15 and let us know if you have one to add! Also keep in mind that gift cards, which allow you to set your own amount are always the right size. Do you have any ideas for inexpensive Christmas gifts? Let us know in the comments. Don’t miss any Dacula news. Subscribe to Dacula Patch’s free newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Holiday Help Center works with more than 20 local schools to provide Christmas gifts for students based on school counselor recommendations.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Are you the kind of person who waits until the last minute, or prefer to have everything checked off your list before Black Friday?
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
There tends to be the kind of people who get all their shopping done before the first holiday decoration is in sight, the kind of people who bust down the doors on Black Friday, and the people who stress just weeks – and sometimes days – before the big day. Regardless of what kind of shopper you are, buying gifts for loved ones is certainly in style this season. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, 89 million shoppers braved the crowds on Black Friday, up from 86 million last year. Were you one of those shoppers? Do you check off your list and already start shopping for next year? Or do you like to wait until the Christmas Eve sales to get even better bargains? Let us know in the comments.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Show us your holiday spirit! Add your photos and videos to our gallery.
Christmas will be here before you know it. Help spread some holiday cheer by showing us your festive photos and videos. Just click on the "Upload Photos and Videos" to add your holiday photos to our gallery. If you are an Instagram user, join the fun by tagging your photos #ChristmasinDacula. You can also tag photos of elfin mischief as #Patchelf.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
What have the elves been up to at your home?
If you've heard of "Elf on the Shelf," then you know we are now in peak Elf mischief-making time. As Fort Bragg Patch editor Kelly Twedell explained in a recent article,"In case you don't know the game, the Elf 'arrives' the day after Thanksgiving and plays silly pranks and hides in your house everyday until Christmas when he magically disappears." Do you have a mischievous elf at your house? Have you caught him in the act of committing some elfin hijinks? Upload your photos so the rest of us will be prepared if the elf decides to pull a similar stunt at our homes (because he just might if some of us don't come up with some good ideas of our own!!). Join the fun on Instagram by tagging your photos of elfin mischief with #PatchElf.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
How do you do you do your shopping for Christmas gifts?
Every year there is an increased drive to get shoppers into stores. Black Friday now gets an early start on Thanksgiving Thursday, Buy Local campaigns push Small Business Saturday shopping and technology and social media sites encourage Cyber Monday logins. The message is clear - shop early and shop often. So what is your shopping style for the holidays? Will you be shopping off your Thanksgiving meal on Thursday or Friday, supporting the small businesses in your area on Saturday or is the computer your preferred shopping mall on Cyber Monday? There are, of course, the traditional procrastinators too. Are you one of those shoppers found at the local drug store just before closing time on Christmas Eve? Let us know how you expect to get …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Georgians are part of a national movement to keep holiday cash at home.
“Look, Charlie, let's face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.” – Lucy van Pelt to Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Americans have worried about losing the true meaning of Christmas since at least 1965, when Charlie Brown lamented the holiday’s commercialization in a Peanuts special. This year, there’s a movement afoot to bring Christmas closer to home. An apparently anonymous essay circulating on the Web has drawn the attention of people in Georgia. It calls for buying local services as gifts instead of products manufactured in foreign countries: You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city…