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Visit the reenactment of the Battle of Trenton

photo courtesy of the NJ Historic Preservation Office

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Trenton NJ, from the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office ,Christmas takes on enormous historical significance in Trenton, NJ as the Revolutionary War Battles of Trenton are commemorated with reenactments & activities. The battle of Trenton was a major turning point in the Revolutionary War .

Make plans now to visit for the reenactment of the Battle of Trenton, and more Patriots Week events! More info here:

December 26 – 31, 2018!

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Christmas traditions are truly American, taken from different cultures and blended together

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New Bridge Landing NJ, according to the Bergen County Historical Society , “When we look at Christmas traditions we know today, they are truly American, taken from different cultures and blended together for the celebration that we know of today. Sinterklaas comes to us from the Netherlands, leaving gifts in the shoes of good children on Saint Nicholas Day. We can see how this became Santa Claus and the tradition of gift giving. It was Washington Irving who would take the different stories of how people celebrated this time of year and set the foundation we know today. You also can’t have a cookie exchange if it wasn’t for the Dutch. The word is Dutch in origin was originally spelled koekje. Many other regions and groups have contributed to the celebration and you may celebrate your own way with traditions or not at all. Either way, the NY/NJ contributed greatly to the traditions we know today.”

The Bergen County Historical Society (BCHS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization founded in 1902, promotes preservation, study and appreciation of local history.

The Bergen County Historical Society was instrumental in saving the historic Steuben House in River Edge in 1928. The Society established its museum headquarters there in September 1939 and promoted the establishment of the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission by legislation in 1995. The purpose of the Commission is to unify and coordinate governmental and private efforts not only to preserve the three Bergen Dutch sandstone houses and their unique cultural contents, presently standing on the Revolutionary War battleground at New Bridge, but also to develop the necessary visitor facilities and amenities commensurate with the significance of the site, its importance to Bergen County and the promotion of public enjoyment and appreciation for the lessons of history.

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Twas the Night before Christmas

Christmas tree Ridgewood NJ


photo by Boyd Loving

Twas the Night before Christmas 

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Clement Clarke Moore (1799 – 1863) came from a prominent family and his father Benjamin Moore was the Bishop of New York who was famous for officiating at the inauguration of George Washington. The tradition of reading Twas the night before Christmas poem on Christmas Eve is now a Worldwide institution and tradition.

Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863) wrote the poem Twas the night before Christmas also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in 1822. It is now the tradition in many American families to read the poem every Christmas Eve.

The poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ has redefined our image of Christmas and Santa Claus. Prior to the creation of the story of ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, had never been associated with a sleigh or reindeers!

Clement Moore, the author of the poem Twas the night before Christmas, was a reticent man and it is believed that a family friend, Miss H. Butler, sent a copy of the poem to the New York Sentinel who published the poem. The condition of publication was that the author of Twas the night before Christmas was to remain anonymous. The first publication date was 23rd December 1823 and it was an immediate success. It was not until 1844 that Clement Clarke Moore claimed ownership when the work was included in a book of his poetry.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Christmas Schedule


4:00 PM
4:00 PM (Auditorium)
5:30 PM
5:30 PM (Auditorium)
7:00 PM
Carols begin at 11:30 PM

8:00 AM
9:30 AM
11:00 AM
12:30 PM
12:30 PM (Spanish-Auditorium)

MONDAY, NEW YEAR’S EVE (Vigil – Mary, Mother of God) 5:30 PM

(Mary, Mother of God)
8.00 AM
10:00 AM
12:00 NN
3:00 PM (Spanish Mass)

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West Side Presbyterian Church invites you to join them in celebrating the birth of our savior

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Ridgewood NJ, West Side Presbyterian Church invites you to join them in celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ! Parents: Child care will be available from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The 4:00 pm service will feature special chapel time for young children, and a live band will be playing at the 6:30 pm service!

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Ridgewood PBA Annual Toy Drive

photo courtesy of the Ridgewood PBA Local 20 

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood PBA Local 20 annual toy drive event is organized to benefit Tomorrow’s Children Fund through HUMC, The Hackensack University Medical Center – Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Valley Hospital Pediatric Center, the 508th Military Police and military families, as well as countless others. “It is truly the holiday spirit selflessly donating toys to needy families this time of year and we are honored to be a part of it. “

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Last Chance to See Santa in the Park

photo courtesy of the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce

Sat, December 01, 2018 – Sat, December 22, 2018Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Location: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E. Ridgewood Ave and Oak Street

Every Saturday come and see Santa in his little house in the park.

Dec., 22 12N-3pm
Weather permitting
Ben & Jerry’s serving hot chocolate.

Please call for more details 201-445-2600.

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Special Properties Real Estate Services Helps North Jersey Families in Need with Holiday Toy Drive

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Ridgewood NJ, Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate (CIRE) and the fastest-growing real estate brokerage in the region, recently completed its Annual Holiday Toy Drive benefitting OASIS – A Haven for Women and Children, located in Paterson, NJ. In all, Special Properties teams from across northern New Jersey collected more than 2,000 quality toys, which will be used to assist the mothers who utilize OASIS in their gift purchases for their children.

OASIS’ mission is to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through programs that feed, clothe, educate and empower women and children in need.

Pictured here with some of the toys collected are (L-R) Jennifer Brady, Executive Director of OASIS; and Juliette Gorham, Karen Haruthunian, and Kim Englishman of Special Properties.

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Ridgewood NJ, All parking lots in the Central Business District, including the train station lot, will have free parkingon the following Saturdays:  December 15th, and 22nd.  This does not include the parking area by the Christmas tree (on thecorner of East Ridgewood Ave. and Broad Street) or the parking area to the right of the train station parking lot (in the area across from the storesand restaurants on Godwin Avenue).  Street meters will still be in effect.  Come shop, dine, and enjoy FREE parking in the Village duringthe holiday season.