Monday, December 24, 2012
Here's the mobile app you can use to follow the jolly man's magical flight.
They sent him their wish lists, sat on his lap, and left cookies and milk for his arrival. Now the only thing left for children to do is track Santa's progress as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. Thanks to the folks behind the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, families worldwide can now follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time. The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Commander-in-Chief’s operations, according to a description on the NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page, which has more than …
Friday, November 16, 2012
You'll never guess how he entered the scene at the Village of Rochester Hills on Friday night!
Santa doesn't need a sleigh to make a grand entrance. At the Village of Rochester Hills on Friday night, he arrived — with Mrs. Claus, of course — atop a Rochester Hills fire truck. "It's a lot easier getting down a chimney than it is getting down from a fire truck," Santa joked while on stage receiving the key to the city from Mayor Bryan Barnett. Here's a short video look at the night's festivities. Did you take photos during the event? Share them with Patch readers here!
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Village of Rochester Hills will be all aglow on Friday night; who should flip the switch?
It takes a special someone - or group of someones - to turn on 850,000 lights. That's what's happening Friday night at the annual lighting of the Village of Rochester Hills. The event will feature a parade, music, a toy drive and, of course, Santa. It's a tradition in the city of Rochester Hills, and Rochester Patch wants to help the city and the Village find the perfect special guest to join in the excitement. Patch wants to know: Who should light the Village of Rochester Hills, and why? Post a comment here and make a suggestion. Maybe it's a family that helps out in the community; maybe it's a school club or sports team that's had an amazing year. Or, it could be an individual who has an amazing story to tell. Think about that perfect …
Friday, December 2, 2011
From the Kris Kringle Market to the Hometown Christmas Parade, here's where you can see Santa this weekend around Rochester.
On one side of town, he'll be inside a tent. On the other side of town, he'll be hanging out in a gazebo. In between, he'll be riding a float and eating cookies at the museum. Here's your guide to seeing Santa this weekend around Rochester and Rochester Hills. Do you know where else he'll be this weekend? Tell us about it in the comments. At the market: This weekend's Kris Kringle Market, an outdoor European-style Christmas market, features shopping, dining and entertainment as well as the jolly one. The market is open from 4-9 p.m. tonight and from noon-9 p.m. Saturday; children can sit on Santa's lap from 4-9 p.m. both nights. Outside for a tree lighting: The city of Auburn Hills will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus as part of their tree-…
From Colorforms to a Shaun Cassidy record, kids have asked St. Nick for lots through the years.
From the days of Stoney Creek Christmases in the 1860s to the Big, Bright Lights of the digital age, Santa Claus has held a special place in the hearts and minds of local believers young and old. His appearance has changed little over the past 150 years – a look deemed “modern” when compared to a time when Santa was more commonly known as Father Christmas or St. Nicholas. For decades, newspapers like the Rochester Clarion and Rochester Era embraced and immortalized Santa Claus as a jolly, plump old man with a snowy white beard and dressed head to toe in a suit of red with white trim, a red cap, and a buckled belt and boots as black as soot. They printed illustrations from artists like Thomas Nast, who creatively captured the spirit of …