Friday, December 14, 2012
While the two holidays fall in close proximity to each other and are celebrated in popular culture together, Hanukkah does not hold the religious significance for Jews that Christmas holds for Christians.
Each year, Hanukkah falls in close proximity or during Christmas according to the Hebrew calendar. Because of that, the two are celebrated side by side under the “Happy Holidays” moniker. But in terms of religious significance, Hanukkah doesn’t rank as high for Jews as Christmas ranks for Christians. “It’s hard to not make a big deal of out Hanukkah living in America, and I’m not sure it’s a bad thing,” said Rabbi Rhoda Silverman of Temple Emanuel in Reisterstown. “That’s not a problem for me as long as we don’t forget about everything else that makes us Jewish.” Jonathan Schwartz, senior aide to Baltimore County Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond and a member of Temple Emanuel, sees Hanukkah as having two roles in the lives of American Jews…
Friday, December 7, 2012
See what a circa 1800s farmhouse looks like decorated for the holidays.
The Carroll County Farm Museum will be featuring “The Twelve Days of Christmas” through Sunday, Dec. 16. Six rooms in the circa 1800s farmhouse will be decorated in the theme of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." There will also be Santa visits throughout the event. After touring the farmhouse, be sure to browse in the Farm Museum’s gift shop filled with a variety of gifts, seasonal merchandise, linens, pottery, handmade items made by Farm Museum artisans and books. Both general public visits and gift shop hours are: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9, Noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, Noon to 7 p.m. General admission is $2.50 for everyone; children six years and younger …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Planning to get your tree this weekend? Check out one of these local farms.
The following list was compiled using information from the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Carroll County Department of Tourism. It is recommended that you call the farm prior to visiting. Breezy Trees Farm www.breezytrees.com 2198 Sams Creek Road Taylorsville, MD 21157 Directions: Located in Taylorsville, MD, we are 10 minutes south of Westminster, 10 minutes north of Mt.Airy, 10 minutes west of Eldersbury/Sykesville. Visit our website for complete directions. 410-875-0665 Davidson Christmas Tree Farm http://www.davidsonchristmastreefarm.com 1105 Emory Church Road Upperco, MD 21155 Directions: From I-695, take 795 North to Route 140. Follow to Route 91 (Emory Road); turn right, go 3 miles, then turn left on Emory Church Road. …
Businesses and restaurants on Main Street in Westminster will offer special deals and stay open late this Friday.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page here from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16. Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. Our contest is right around the corner, so now’s the time to get …
Monday, December 27, 2010
The holidays are the deadliest time of year on America's roads, be sure to make good decisions when driving.
The holidays are the perfect time to catch up with friends and family. Many people enjoy some cocktails while hanging out with friends, or maybe throw back a few beers while watching a football game. According to the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, the holidays also lend themselves to traffic accidents. The AAA projects that 2 million motorists will travel by car to visit family and friends this holiday season. Carroll County Sheriff's Deputies will be out in extra force this holiday season to protect motorists from drunk, drugged, and aggressive drivers, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department. The holiday season, especially between Christmas and New Year's Eve, is one of the busiest and deadliest time for our …