Dear Crabby, Are fewer stores open this Thanksgiving?


Dear Crabby, I hear fewer stores are opening on Thanksgiving this year, is this true, are we getting back to the way things used to be? Sincerely, Traditional Girl   Dear Traditional Girl, If only, we could get back to the way things used to be. Seems things change quickly in the wrong direction and slowly in the right ones. But you are correct. More stores will be closing this year than in previous years. In recent years, during the recession, retail stores were looking … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Does Starbucks Hate Christmas?


Dear Crabby, Plain red coffee cups this year, it must mean that Starbucks hates Christmas, right? Sincerely, Kara T. Coffee   Dear Kara, You must be upset at Starbucks for producing a plain red coffee cup this year during the holiday season. Many Christians have been outraged that Starbucks didn't do a fancy paper cup, but instead brewed up a simple design, well, no design at all really, just the color red. In past years, the coffee mogul has used Christmas tree ornaments, bows, … [Read more...]

The Kris Kringle Market in Rochester, MI 2013


Downtown Rochester Kris Kringle Market was inspired by the 700-year old tradition of the open-air Christmas markets throughout Europe. The event will feature one-of-a-kind shopping, specialty foods, fresh greens & wreaths and handcrafted gifts for the holiday. The event will be located on W. Fourth Street (between Walnut & Main). Friday, Dec. 6, 4 – 10 pm Saturday, Dec. 7, 12 – 10 pm Food and beverages will be available in the warming tent. Purchase a commemorative glass mug filled with … [Read more...]

German Immigrants attacked by Tourists

Motorcycles crusie Main Street Frankenmuth in front of Zehnder's - photo by Michael Dwyer

German Immigrants attacked by Tourists By Michael Dwyer Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria German immigrants settled Frankenmuth in 1845. In German, Frankenmuth means “courage of the Franconians.” North of Flint and just a few minutes from I-75, most Rochester Media readers are familiar with “Michigan’s Little Bavaria.” Much of the town has a German look. The Franconian-style architecture of the buildings, the homes and the clock tower gives visitors that Bavarian … [Read more...]

The Gift of Travel

Michael Dwyer in Paris

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas Travel is a wonderful present, anytime of year. It may be difficult to plan an entire vacation, book it and offer it as a gift this holiday season; however, it’s not too late to “suggest” a getaway. Suggest the present of travel by giving a travel guidebook, new luggage or passport application. Use your imagination and the destination to gift appropriately. More Ideas in Detail Say your senior is graduating in spring and she wants to backpack … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do We Offend Everyone Without Trying?

Dear Crabby, Every year, my neighbor decorates his yard with every symbol of the season - Kwanzaa candle holders, Santa Claus, a Nativity, a menorah, and even the Grinch! I understand he's trying to be politically correct and not offend any one particular religion, but in doing so, I think he offends multiple religions, and insults mankind that we cannot respect each other's differences and allow others the right of freedom of expression within safe limits. What are your thoughts? Bah Humbug, … [Read more...]

The Best Toys for Christmas This Year

People everywhere are looking for the best toys this Christmas. You cannot go wrong with a Hot Wheels set for any boy wanting to race! The Story of Hot Wheels is that they were born in the spirit of California’s custom car culture, Hot Wheels® cars and track sets have ignited the imaginations of millions of kids and adults around the world. For nearly four decades, the fantasy-inspired designs of Hot Wheels® cars have brought to life the speed, power, performance and edgy attitude for … [Read more...]

Holiday Events coming to the Rochester Hills Museum

The holidays are here! If you are looking for some fun, family-friendly activities, look no further than the Rochester Hills Museum!  On Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the farm to meet with good boys and girls and accept their Christmas wish lists. Tickets for Santa’s Visit are $4 for Rochester Hills Museum Members and $7 for non-museum members. Timed tickets can be purchased online with PayPal at or in person on … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do I Do About Scary Decorations?

Dear Crabby, I really do not like all of the scary decorations that people put out for Halloween these days. My kids are young, and some of these decorations scare them and give them nightmares!  Why is it that people have no issue with putting scary props out on their yard, but if you dare to put a Nativity Scene in your yard, you face criminal charges? Sincerely, Common Sense Mom Dear Common Sense Mom, You certainly make a good point about these different holiday traditions and … [Read more...]