Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.
Welcome to Hey Mom and Dad—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area. This week's question is a little delicate, but no less important or worthy of discussion. Without going into too much detail for those wandering eyes: Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section. Melissa Murphy Thompson: Never. If you don't believe you don't receive. — Batavia Patch Facebook Carly Weese: When they ask about it!! — Elmhurst Patch Facebook Ray Schneider: I was able to wait until 5th grade for my son. — Geneva Patch…
Friday, November 23, 2012
He'll be making stops all over Wheaton before the big night.
There are plenty of opportunities to meet with the big guy before Christmas. See where Santa will be this season in Wheaton. You can also drop letters in Santa's Mailbox at the Wheaton Park District Community Center starting Dec. 1, ending Dec. 10! Saturday, Nov. 24 Santa's Craft Corner, Cosley Zoo Visit With Santa, Community Bank Saturday, Dec. 1 St. Michael Parish School Hosts Donuts with Santa Santa's Craft Corner, Cosley Zoo Visit With Santa, Community Bank Sunday, Dec. 2 Brunch With Santa, Cantigny Saturday, Dec. 8 Visit With Santa, Community Bank Santa's Craft Corner, Cosley Zoo Saturday, Dec. 15 Visit With Santa, Community Bank Find out about more holiday events and happenings in Wheaton with our 2012 Holiday Guide page.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Skies to remain clear when jolly old elf makes his deliveries.
Instead of his usual sleigh, Santa Claus might have to be content with a wheeled-vehicle in the Chicago area with no hint of snow in sight for Christmas Eve. According to the National Weather Service, Christmas Eve promises to be a sunny day with highs near 40 with a slight breeze. During Santa’s delivery the temperatures will fall into the 20s, but the skies will remain clear of precipitation. A similar forecast is called for Christmas day. According to the weather service, the first chance of snow is not until Dec. 27.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
When I wasn’t paying attention, department store Santas evolved from obviously fake to scarily authentic.
The first time I took my daughter to see Santa Claus she was about 20 months old. She hadn’t yet been diagnosed with autism, but she had been diagnosed as a major fussbudget pain-in-my-hump. I knew that she wouldn’t be able to handle big crowds or long lines, so I set out to find the most abandoned mall with the lousiest selection of off-brand stores and the fewest patrons. I was living in California at the time and was looking for the equivalent of Brementowne Mall, if anyone remembers that gem from Tinley Park circa 1973. (You know, one of those dead malls that are anchored by a Walgreens and a Jo-Ann Fabrics with battery kiosks and sock outlets in between.) That way, if my daughter decided to have an epic meltdown, there would be no …