December 13, 2012 |
The holiday crunch is on at the mall, and Toys R Us is opening all its stores for 88 straight hours until Christmas Eve. And, for the first time, Macy's is staying open at most stores for 48 hours nonstop the final weekend before Christmas. In the rush to woo shoppers, merchants this year are upping the ante. Banana Republic is giving away six Fiat cars. Kohl's is picking up the tab for a shopper in each of its stores every day until Christmas Eve. And Sport Chalet will have a scuba-diving Santa at some of its stores Saturday.
December 13, 2012 |
It's keeping up with the Joneses, retail edition. Toys R Us says its stores will be open for 88 straight hours in the days leading up to Christmas, following in the footsteps of other retailers opening for shop-til-you-drop marathons to woo procrastinating consumers. The retail marathon will start at 6 a.m. on Dec. 21 and conclude at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Troy Rice, executive vice president of stores and services, said the extended hours will allow people to shop "whenever it is convenient to them.
November 30, 2012
Black Friday survivors, here's an easier way to browse: Gift picks for the home Gift picks with a handcrafted touch Gift picks for the indoor-outdoor garden Gift picks under $50 Gift picks $50 to $100 Gifts picks $100-plus (for those you really like) All of these galleries will be updated regularly, with new picks added all the way up to Christmas Eve.
November 19, 2012 |
Looking for the ultimate Black Friday shopping experience? Consider West Edmonton Mall in Alberta's capital city. With 800 stores (Minnesota's Mall of America boasts 520), West Edmonton Mall (in Alberta, the province east of British Columbia) is said to be the largest shopping center on the continent and the province's biggest tourist attraction. It's an ideal place to hunt for holiday gifts, including European fashions not easily found in many American malls. Because Canadians celebrate their Thanksgiving in October, Nov. 23 has no special significance for them.
HOME & GARDEN
January 7, 2012 |
Probably the defining moment over our holidays was when the little guy accidentally ker-plunked his Silly Putty in his sister's bowl of chili, causing a minor international incident. You might've heard her shrieks at your house, no matter where you live. This shrieking was followed by his mother's stern admonition that the little guy wash the Silly Putty thoroughly, lest the dog think it an hors d'oeuvre and we wind up spending Christmas night and $1,200 at the emergency pet clinic, waiting for it to clear his colon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2011 |
A Claremont church's nativity display that showed gay couples holding hands was vandalized in an incident discovered Christmas Day that authorities are investigating as a hate crime. Claremont United Methodist Church has a Christmas tradition of unusual nativity scene installations that are intended to carry a social or political message. Despite some of the controversial topics, the installations had never been defaced, according to church officials and John Zachary, the artist who created them.
December 27, 2011 |
Except for Jacob Fullmer, a 27-year-old staffer from a small town in Idaho, Mitt Romney headquarters here was empty on Christmas Eve. A former Blockbuster, with angled anti-theft mirrors lining the ceiling perimeter, the place had the feel of a hastily evacuated showroom. Staffers and volunteers had fled home for a short respite before this week's brutal lead-up to the first voting of the 2012 presidential campaign on Jan. 3. Fullmer, a paid field staffer who works 15-hour days and says the thing he loves most about Des Moines is his bed, was trying to stay upbeat.
December 25, 2011
SUNDAY Owners and players were naughty, but hoops fans must have been awfully nice, because "NBA Basketball" is finally back, baby. And that includes the Lakers battling the Bulls and the Clippers facing the Warriors. (ABC, 2 p.m.; ESPN, FS Prime, 7:30 p.m.) Fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la! Yuletide carols ancient and otherwise will be trolled at the "52nd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration," a reprise of the homegrown Christmas Eve event held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
December 25, 2011 |
"I can't! I'm not old enough, and I'm a girl!" "Never say 'can't', Chelsea. And girls can do everything boys can do. Who says girls can't be elves? I need your help. " My dad is never home early on Christmas Eve. He comes in late dressed in a Santa suit, carrying the cold inside, sometimes brushed with snow. He brings home other Santas and elves for cookies and hot cider. They all belong to CAP (Christmas Aid Program), which surprises needy families at Christmas. They laugh and say, "We've already had our Christmas!"