Saturday, November 17, 2012
The nation's largest retailer will roll out 2012 specials beginning at 8 p.m. on November 22.
Black Friday? That was SO 2010. Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, will begin holiday shopping specials at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 22, according its Black Friday release. The retail giant started Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving in 2011, but at 10 p.m. Walmart has 170 locations in Georgia and employs more than 52,000 associates in the state. The move to 8 p.m. could put more pressure on big-box retailers such as Target and Best Buy to push their own opening times earlier, according to Bizjournals. The ad on Walmart.com lists Black Friday and Thanksgiving evening specials, which include a 16GB iPad 2 for $399 and 32-inch LCD TV for $148. Are you glad to see Black Friday deals extended further into Black Thursday? Do you…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
What are you wishing for this holiday season?
From the new iPad to the Kindle Fire HD, tablets are popping up all over as THE hot gift for this year, with LeapFrog even offering up a children's version. And according to the National Retail Federation, more shoppers are buying online and early this year, with holiday sales expected to increase 4.1 percent. So, it's not too early to tell us, what's on your holiday wish list? One of the new tablets, or do you prefer to go the non-electronic route with goodies such as jewelry, books or clothing? Or do you like getting gift cards or cash so you can decide for yourself? Tell us in the comments, and, who knows, maybe Santa will see it!
Patch asked newly-published children's book author Jo Ann Kairys to tell us about the most magical children's book on the shelves this holiday season. Here is her list.
Kids say and do the darndest things, right? And so often, they provide tender or hilarious or wonder-filled inspiration for picture books. One day I heard my granddaughters complaining about the rain as they thumped on the window. Eager to get outdoors, they waited impatiently for the storm to end. Suddenly, they pretended they were the rain. “SWOOSH! SPLAT! SWISH!” Their sounds were innocently poetic, perfect ingredients for a rhyming picture book. Putting it all together in story form is when the magic happens—a sound in just the right place, a vibrant image that brings the story alive, and characters who draw you right into their world. There are so many wonderful children’s picture books. I’d like to share a few that I think have that …
Looking for a laugh at your holiday party?
Looking for a crap shooter, iPad disguise or over-sized candy to break the ice at an office Christmas party or crack a joke with an old friend? Patch checked local shops and the Internet to find the best of the best gag gifts this holiday season. Click through our photo slideshow to find your favorite.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Georgians are part of a national movement to keep holiday cash at home.
“Look, Charlie, let's face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.” – Lucy van Pelt to Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Americans have worried about losing the true meaning of Christmas since at least 1965, when Charlie Brown lamented the holiday’s commercialization in a Peanuts special. This year, there’s a movement afoot to bring Christmas closer to home. An apparently anonymous essay circulating on the Web has drawn the attention of people in Georgia. It calls for buying local services as gifts instead of products manufactured in foreign countries: You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city…