Monday, December 24, 2012
Gas prices are hovering around $3.25 while skies should be partly cloudy for those drivers heading home for the holidays on Christmas Eve.
It's Christmas Eve and the roads are full of travelers eager to make it home for the holidays. If you're one those heading somewhere else this Christmas, you're not alone. According to AAA, 93.3 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles during the holidays — up 1.6 percent from last year. If you're leaving Birmingham today, here's what you need to know before you go: While Birmingham may not have much of a white Christmas this year, at least the driving weather is better. According to weather.com, Monday's high is forecasted to be 37 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent while the low will dip down to a chilly 29 degrees on Christmas Eve. The highs on Christmas Day will be 36 degrees…
It depends on where you are, and if you're in Birmingham, you may see some of the white stuff.
Tomorrow might not be snow boot weather ... but then, a semi-White Christmas may be on the way for Birmingham. According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), a "White Christmas" is defined as having at least one inch of snow on the ground Christmas morning. It doesn't need to snow on Christmas to make this possible, of course. Christmas Eve in Birmingham will have a high of 33 degrees, though there's a 80 percent of snow overnight Monday. According to the National Weather Service, accumulation of less than half an inch is possible. Christmas in Birmingham, meanwhile, will be partly- to mostly-cloudy, with a high of 34 degrees. Where can you find snow in the Midwest this Christmas? According to the Weather Channel's White Christmas …
The website offers fun activities for anyone eager for St. Nick's arrival.
Some people simply can't wait till Christmas morning to find out whether Santa Claus has paid them a visit. For those who are impatient, don't worry. You can keep tabs on the big guy by following the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, which for one night is dedicated to tracking Mr. Claus' coordinates. The site is more than an enhanced GPS; it also contains a "Kids Countdown Village," which offers games, activities and other features for young ones who eager for Santa. According to its website, NORAD has been tracking Santa for more than 50 years now, as did its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). The tradition began in 1955, the website says, after a Colorado Springs, CO-based Sears Roebuck & …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
The Townsend Street boutique received more than 1,000 votes for their "Let It Snow"-inspired window decor.
Adding even more holiday cheer to a downtown already decked out for the holidays, on Friday the Birmingham Principal Shopping District named Lyudviga Couture the winner of its 2012 Storefront Decorating Contest. The specialty clothing boutique, which opened at 105 Townsend in 2011, received more than 1,000 votes during the PSD's contest, which asked downtown retailers to dress up their windows using "Let It Snow" as their inspiration. In total, 24 downtown stores participated in the contest — brought back this year after a two-year hiatus. More than 3,000 votes were submitted at the PSD's Facebook page, Enjoy Birmingham NOW. "Our goal is to get stores excited about creating great windows," the PSD's executive director, John Heiney, said. "…
Planning on heading to your place of worship this Christmas Eve or Christmas? Here are the dates and times for various holiday services.
Christmas Eve is almost upon us, and churches throughout Birmingham will open their doors for special holiday services. Here's what you need to know: Holy Name Catholic Church First United Methodist Church of Birmingham First Baptist Church Our Shepherd Lutheran Church Lutheran Church of the Redeemer First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham Congregational Church of Birmingham Christ Church Cranbrook St. Columban Catholic Church St. James Episcopal Church Kensington Community Church
Friday, December 21, 2012
The students organized their first food drive just in time for the holidays.
It will be merry Christmas for many in Metro Detroit, thanks to the Groves High School marching band. The student musicians at Groves held their first ever food drive this year, later delivering the goods to Doherty Elementary in West Bloomfield as well to various other student groups at Groves. The food collected will now be donated to young people in need all over Metro Detroit. Do you have photos of Birmingham to share? Upload them to the Birmingham Patch Pics & Clips gallery and we could feature them on Patch!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Birmingham's Jewish community celebrated the holiday season on Dec. 12 with the official menorah lighting in Shain Park followed by games and a performance by Shlomo and the Chuptzanyaks.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The holiday concert takes place from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Nativity Episcopal Church in Bloomfield Hills.
Wondering what to do with yourself this weekend? Don't dismay: check out today's Weekend Spotlight: Our pick for today: Christmas concert and fundraiser Also happening this weekend: Come back to Birmingham Patch on Wednesday for more weekend things to do in our Weekend Spotlight, or visit our events calendar.
Patch's events calendar is a great place for local churches and temples to post dates and times for special and regular services.
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- Nate Stemen
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The holiday season is a popular time for local churches and places of worship, with dozens of special services, holiday concerts and prayers meetings scheduled for this very religious time of year. Birmingham Patch is the perfect place to post these special and regularly-scheduled religious services, giving residents the chance to check one more thing off their to-do list this holiday season. Adding a service on Patch is easy to do. Just click on the Events tab at the top of the page, and then click on Add an Event. Simple! Be sure to include as much information as possible — especially if a particular service is for adults only. There's nothing more embarrassing than being the only person with a crying baby. Plus, don't forget that our …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Our Patch Elf on the Shelf has gotten ahold of our computer and now wants to know what his buddy elves are up to. Share your photos here!