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, November 23, 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!
Friday, November 23, 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 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 your …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Columbus Day is on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.
Columbus Day, a federal holiday, falls this year on Monday, Oct. 8. The Columbus Day Parade in downtown Baltimore starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. Watch as floats, marching bands, dancers and civic organizations make their way from Key Highway at Light Street down Pratt Street to Little Italy's Columbus Piazza. Columbus Day pays tribute to Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, whose long journey across the Atlantic Ocean was victorious when he spotted land, dubbed the “New World," on Oct. 12, 1492. In addition to being considered a celebration of Italian heritage, Columbus Day is a huge shopping day in the U.S. Several stores at Arundel Mills are holding Columbus Day sales for the occasion, in addition to those at the Mall in Columbia…
Sunday, December 19, 2010
The numbers will be 'quite comparable' to last year's figures, AAA official says.
Despite a sluggish economy, officials from the American Automobile Association (AAA) expect more Maryland residents to travel during the Christmas and New Year holidays this year. For Thanksgiving, more than 800,000 residents traveled at least 50 miles, an 11 percent increase from 2009, according to AAA. The projections for this year's Christmas and New Year's period have not been finalized, but AAA officials said more than 2 million residents traveled during the same period last year. "We expect the numbers to be quite comparable," said John Townsend, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. With Christmas more than a week away, "we expect a couple million more [travelers] for Christmas than Thanksgiving." The county's unemployment rate stands …