Sunday, November 25, 2012
Lucy remembers Christmas traditions with her family as she also says goodbye to Patch.
I hand it to all of you who venture out into the world on Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving, I can barely rouse myself out of bed due to the turkey, stuffing and pie-induced coma I’m in. So to anyone who managed to get up early (or who camped out before the stores opened) to battle the throngs of bargain seekers, I salute you. For me, one of the best things about the holiday is that it marks the beginning of the Christmas season. Obviously, Black Friday shoppers feel the same way. The tree goes up that weekend, and I’ll watch every sappy Christmas movie ever made – twice – while I decorate and bake. The kids usually take bets on how long it’ll be before I start to cry, and then spy on me until a winner is proclaimed. But the most …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Find out what’s in before you head out to take advantage of Black Friday savings.
Making sure to put just the right presents under the tree for kids can be a trick even for Santa. If you’re hoping to find out what’s hot before you head out to shop on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, we’ve put together a few suggestions. Retailers themselves are generally the best judges of what’s in. Here are what some of the biggest toy retailers in the Horsham area and beyond are saying: Toys ‘R’ Us This retailer has a Top 15 list of toys for boys and girls. Some of its suggestions include: To see the full list, visit Toys ‘R’ Us online. Target This store agrees with Toys ‘R’ Us on a few counts, but has its own suggestions, as well. They include: To see the full list of suggestions, visit Target online. Walmart This retailer …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The hottest games of the season have been released, and Black Friday can help you get them for cheap with deals better than last year.
This time of year finds pretty much every gamer with multiple gaming-related items on their holiday list: the hot new game, the console they didn’t buy yet, that sweet accessory that will make playing all the more enjoyable. In turn, retailers at big box and gaming specialty stores turn the faucet on and offer a bunch of amazing deals so you can get someone that special gift or give yourself a little present. In many cases—especially on game purchases—offers are a few bucks better than last year’s deals! As usual, ads for Black Friday sales have been available via both official and unofficial channels for a while. Here’s some of the better deals distilled into one place so you can more easily cross those gamers off your list: Best Buy (…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Tell us by voting in the poll.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Are you someone who wakes up at the crack of dawn (or doesn't go to bed) to take advantage of Black Friday sales? Or do you avoid after-Thanksgiving shopping like the plague? Tell us by voting in the poll.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
The Brunette Lucy thinks anytime is the right time to get into the holiday spirit.
I’m so thankful that it’s finally after Thanksgiving. I look forward to the Christmas season like no other time in the world. Even my Jewish friends get caught up in it with me around. However, there are two types of people between November and December. There are those who think it’s never too early to play Christmas music. And then there’re those who think that until Thanksgiving is over, no seasonal music even hinting at the jolly elf’s existence should be played. Even seasonal hymns are off limits. I belong to the never too early crowd. I also belong to the “never take the tree and any other outside decorations down until your neighbors hint at petitioning the local zoning board” crowd. My children have all agreed that this is yet …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Repurpose that turkey, catch a movie and more.
1. If you’re anything like me, your refrigerator is overrun with turkey leftovers. Fear not, from frittata to slow-cooker Moroccan turkey stew to turkey and string bean pot pie and more, we’ve found more turkey recipes than you can shake a turkey leg at! 2. If cooking for Thanksgiving has robbed you of the desire to lift a finger in the kitchen today, consider ordering dinner from Maple Glen Pizza, where from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., all proceeds will benefit the Edward Coombs Scholarship Fund. 3. Many of us are in the midst of a four-day weekend and what better way to enjoy your time off than to catch a flick. From new releases “Arthur Christmas” and “A Dangerous Method,” Fandango is your go-to guide for show times, descriptions and more. 4. …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
If you don't pull a plastic tree out of the attic every year, where do you go to get a great, live tree?
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Karl Smith
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
With Thanksgiving at our feet, there are two important questions looming. First, what are we going to do with all the leftovers? Second, where will we get our Christmas tree? Well, the second is only relevant if you don't pull your plastic tree out of storage every year. So what'll it be this year? A REALLY live tree, with root ball and all? Pre-cut or cut-your-own? And what about the type? You could go with a balsam or a Douglass fir or some other type of pine. But here's the big question: WHERE will you get it? Do you have a place you go to every year, some sort of family tradition or do you just stop when the mood hits you?
Locals business are relying on their distinctive goods to tide them through Black Friday and beyond.
With crowds expected to swell outside of big-name chain retailers like Target and Wal-Mart starting Thanksgiving night, Hatboro businesses have their fingers crossed that the area’s unique lineup of small businesses can also capture a portion of that Black Friday frenzy. While shoppers will be hunting down the best of the best sales on Friday, some shops, like Allen’s Attic Treasures/HHH Records, aren’t going to be advertising specific Black Friday sales — due to the nature of their business. “We’re antiques and collectibles so essentially everything’s on sale every day,” said co-owner David Allen, who operates the North York Road store with George Haggerty. “That’s just the way this business works.” The store offers everything from vinyl …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
If you're brave enough to venture out on Black Friday, learn how to stay calm on the stressful shopping day.
Black Friday is an exciting time for the seasoned shopper who scopes out the best deals and saves hundreds of dollars. But it's also a stressful time that might be best avoided for anxiety-stricken shoppers. Follow these tips to better handle the stressful shopping day and then check out our survival guide to make your Black Friday planning easier. Long lines, big crowds and the mass chaos that is Black Friday can be unbearable if you're an anxious person or if you don't know what to expect. If you dare to brave the day, but find yourself becoming overwhelmed and on the verge of a breakdown, take the advice of Ruth Kuchinsky-Smith, our Scholasticity columnist (who is a psychologist in the Philadelphia school system and teaches courses in …
Which stores are open when and what are some of the best deals? Look no further.
It's that time of year again. Time to wake up at the crack of dawn, or skip sleeping altogether to score the best shopping deals. Those die-hard Black Friday shoppers who really try to get the most for their dollar might want to use the following guide for store hours, deals and links to some sales sheets. If you'd rather take a more relaxing route to holiday shopping, most of the retailers below are also offering online deals on Black Friday. Then, of course, there is always Cyber Monday—the biggest online shopping day of the year, which takes place Nov. 28. (Check back this weekend for our Cyber Monday tips.) Target: Opens at midnight. Electronic deals: Children's toys: Adults: Target will also offer deals on bedding, clothing and other …