Firefighters on Santa’s nice list after rescuing child’s Christmas toy from drainage system
Hours after Santa delivered a shiny new remote-control car to a Houston-area family, the miniature motorized vehicle was nearly lost on its maiden voyage. The Willowfork Fire Department in Katy, Fort Bend County posted photos from the rescue Sunday afternoon on Facebook. The pictures show firefighters lowering a ladder into a drain and then a first responder crawling down to save the newly treasured toy.
Hill Country Freethinkers Association donates to Friends of the Library
Hill Country Freethinkers Association’s Santa showed up this week at the San Marcos Public Library to donate $3,500 to Friends of the Library. Library Director Diane Insley greeted HCFA members and received the donation. In keeping with Freethinker values and the efforts of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the donation is earmarked for thesanmarcosrecord.com
The 'purposeful poinsettia' as a new family tradition: Try this fun holiday gift-giving idea
Secret Santa gift exchanges can be fun during the holidays, but a mom of four shares a fresh idea for a new family tradition during the Christmas season — involving poinsettias and kindness to others.foxnews.com
...AND THEY’RE OFF: Community takes part in annual Jingle Bell Run 5K
Runners traversed the streets of downtown San Marcos during the annual Santa’s Jingle Bell Run 5K on Saturday.Pictured above, runners take off during the 5K run.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Christmas Wonderland set for Sunday
The Hands and Feet Outreach Program and Broken Sprocket food truck park have joined forces to host a Christmas Wonderland event on Sunday, complete with a tree lighting ceremony, pony rides, pictures with Santa and more. Hands and Feet and the Christmas Wonderland are the brainchild of Jennifer Schuster, a retired teacher at Rivera Early College High School, who taught sociology and the community service program. “I just missed doing all of these community service projects,” Schuster said. The message resonated with us and she came up with the idea of the Christmas Wonderland.”Christmas Wonderland features all sorts of family activities, among them a gingerbread cookie contest, Christmas crafts, Christmas caroling, a toy giveaway, and food from the Broken Sprocket’s seven food trucks. People are pulling together to do this so these kids can have Christmas,” Schuster said.myrgv.com
BACK FOR SECOND WEEKEND: Sights & Sounds of Christmas returns Thursday, ends Saturday
Sights & Sounds of Christmas returns Thursday for the festival’s second weekend. The two-weekend festival ends Saturday.Festivities each night take place between 5:30-11:30 p.m. at 401 E. Hopkins St.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
The Porch to host SANTA PAWS to benefit animal shelter
The Porch will host the second annual SANTA PAWS to benefit the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter.SANTA PAWS 2022 will take place Sunday at 129 E. Hopkins St. in San Marcos from 1-4 p.m.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News, Features San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Polar Express in Galveston: An honest Mom’s review 🚂
In “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey, as portrayed by Jimmy Stewart, identifies the three most exciting sounds in the world as anchor chains, plane motors and train whistles. At the Galveston Railroad Museum located at the end of The Strand in Galveston, families can hop on a magical train to the North Pole. And yes, the train whistle on the Santa Fe F-Unit Warbonnet historic engine means you’re in for an exciting time!
City of Kyle to host Santa’s Arrival at Mary Kyle Hartson Park
The City of Kyle will mark Santa’s Arrival on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Mary Kyle Hartson Park.The city invites family and friends to the official kickoff of the holiday season in Kyle on Dec.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
USPS seeks help with ‘Operation Santa’ program
You can help fulfill a child’s holiday wishes by signing up for Operation Santa, a program by the United States Postal Service. The postal service is putting out a call for “kind-hearted,” generous people across the United States to sign up to adopt letters to Santa, the USPS said in a media release. According to the media release, USPS Operation Santa relies solely on random acts of kindness and the generosity of strangers. Beginning Nov. 28, verified adopters can visit USPSOperationSanta.com, read through the posted letters and choose one or more to fulfill. According to the USPS, hundreds of thousands of letters are written to Santa every year.myrgv.com
SPI announces attractions for McAllen Holiday Parade
The city of McAllen is highlighting its partnership with South Padre Island as part of the upcoming holiday celebrations. South Padre Island will continue its presence in the McAllen Holiday Parade this year with the return of its giant helium balloon as well as the debut of its own float, the city announced in a joint news conference with McAllen officials. Ridley the Sea Turtle, SPI’s featured balloon, will return to the McAllen parade this year in tribute to the island’s own tradition. “Like the McAllen parade, South Padre Island has a winter tradition also,” said Randy Smith, city manager of South Padre Island. The McAllen parade will also include the SPI Vuelta Zone, a zone along the parade route where the giant helium balloons are twirled as parade goers chant “Vuelta!”“This Dec. 3, we’re taking the McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by H-E-B, to where it’s never been before when Santa returns to his winter home away from home,” said McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez.myrgv.com
Hill Country Freethinkers Association donates $10K to Community Action
All vaccinated and boosted, the Hill Country Freethinkers Association, along with Santa, chose Winter Solstice as the day to deliver the HCFA annual donation, a check for $10,000 to Community Action I[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Local legend: Houston’s Pancho Claus is coming to town in his zoot suit and lowrider
Sure, Santa is great, but have you met his cousin, or primo, Pancho Claus? He’s a zoot-suit-wearing, lowrider-driving Houstonian who has been passing out presents in the East End since the 1980s. Pancho Claus is a local legend in the Houston community who has even gained national attention, but this year he needs your help.
Shoppers, beware: A warning about fake shopping websites
Santa and his elves are kicking it into high gear and so are thieves. We have a warning about the increase in fake shopping websites popping up all over the internet. KPRC 2 Investigates team explains what you need to look out for when shopping online.
Houston-area forecast: Sweater weather this weekend
HOUSTON – Cold air has settled into Southeast Texas and will be sticking around for a while. We are in the beginning of the longest stretch of cold weather that has hit Houston so far this season. As we head into late Sunday, temperatures will start to drop and wintry precipitation will be getting close to Southeast Texas! Sunday NightAccumulations will be insignificant in Southeast Texas but snow will accumulate north and northwest of our area. Weekend Travel WeatherAfter Sunday’s rain/snow mix event, the rest of the ten day forecast shows a cooler than normal start with plenty of sunshine for the week ahead.
The Latest: Coronavirus cases keep rising in South Korea
(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has added 1,092 new coronavirus cases in a resurgence that is erasing hard-won epidemiological gains and eroding public confidence in the government’s ability to handle the outbreak. It would deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Preliminary data on U.S. deaths show the coronavirus pandemic contributing to a 15% or more increase in deaths over last year. ___MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials have reported a new daily high in confirmed coronavirus cases as the country awaits its first shipment of vaccine. ___WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is reporting 151 new coronavirus cases and seven more deaths related to COVID-19.
83-year-old Houston man returns home after long battle with COVID-19
HOUSTON – Christmas arrived early for one Houston family. The patriarch of their family returned home on Monday after battling COVID-19 for nearly five months. The 83-year-old spent 149 days in three different medical facilities battling COVID-19. He was moved to Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals Houston Medical Center for two months and spent the remaining time at Baywind Village Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. The hospital wouldn’t allow family visits whenever COVID-19 cases in the city were high.
This Houston couple brings the spirit of Santa and Mrs. Claus to neighborhood kids
Jessica Kuhns with husband Robert dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus (left) hope to bring smiles to kids during this holiday season. While husband Robert was Santa, Jessica joined in becoming the “Mrs. Claus” beside him in hopes to bring smiles to children this year. “Parents aren’t going to want to take their kids to a crowded mall just to see Santa,” Kuhns told KPRC 2. Posted by Jessica Kuhns on Saturday, December 12, 2020“We told her we would be honored to be their Santa this year,” Jessica told KPRC 2.
Spread some holiday cheer, vote for your favorite KPRC 2 photo
HOUSTON – ‘Tis the Season for the holidays and the end of 2020! Despite this year being filled with many surprises, here at KPRC 2, we wanted to take a moment to spread some holiday cheer. From Santa hats to menorahs, our KPRC 2 team members got a chance to pick their favorite holiday attire and snap a snazzy holiday photo. SCROLL DOWN TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE KPRC 2 FRIENDNow, it’s time to see all of our holiday pics and select your favorite! Vote for your favorite holiday portrait here:Click here to view all 35 of our holiday photos on InstagramHappy Holidays, from all of us at KPRC 2!
Local clinic spreads holiday cheer with patients with drive-thru party
Santa, Mrs. Claus and all their helpers – decked out in masks — gathered outside Christus Health in Midtown to spread some holiday cheer to the young patients of San Jose Clinic. For 85 years, San Jose Clinic has hosted a Christmas party. This year’s party took place Saturday morning in a drive-thru style due to the pandemic. “Oh, it’s going to be very different this year but can’t disappoint the children at all,” said Mrs. Claus. Santa is helping to put food on the table this Christmas along with presents under the tree.
Be Santa to a senior: Here’s how you can bring Christmas cheer to Houston-area seniors
The Houston Home Instead Senior Care office is seeking donations for seniors through its “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. “The Be a Santa to a Senior program brings so much joy to seniors in our community,” said Gregory Gomez-Mira, owner of the Houston Home Instead office. The Houston Home Instead Senior Care office serves Alvin, Baytown, Channel View, Bacliff, Deer Park, Dickinson, Kemah, La Porte, Galena Park, Manvel, Houston, League City, Pasadena, Pearland, Rosharon, Seabrook, Webster and Friendswood. Those who’d like to purchase a gifts for a senior can visit Beasantatoasenior.com, enter their zip code and view wish lists for local seniors. For more information about the Be a Santa to a Senior program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com.
Holiday magic is arriving at CityPlace and Springwoods Village for families
HOUSTON – New for this season are two, one-of-a-kind attractions that will be unveiled during a lighting ceremony at CityPlace Park – 1200 Lake Plaza Drive, Spring, TX 77389 – on Sunday, November 29 between 4 and 7 p.m. with help from Santa and Mrs. Claus. A super-sized, fantasy version of the holiday classic, the installation is anticipated to expand each year. This is a first of its kind endeavor for Kopelman, a pioneering and globally recognized haunted house producer, COO of the country’s largest escape room company, and co-founder of soon-to-open immersive experiential museum Seismique. In addition to enjoying an inaugural look, visitors of the evening’s complimentary festivities will also enjoy carolers and complimentary hot chocolate. For those unable to attend the kickoff, both the tree and gingerbread village will be on display through January 9 with free hot chocolate served on the Plaza every Thursday and Sunday from 4 until 7 p.m.
Vintage Christmas décor: See the best nostalgic pieces, read heartwarming stories KPRC 2 viewers shared
HOUSTON – From candles to custom ornaments, Houstonians are treasuring their Christmas décor. We asked our KPRC 2 Facebook followers to share their Christmas décor and received a stunning amount of submissions, some shared with special stories. Here are some of our favorite submissions and what people said about their holiday décor. But after deep research, my daughter found one in New York and to my surprise--THIS was the most treasured gift I received Christmas Day 2017. Love my Santa tree.
Racist letter targets Black Santa
(KARK/NBC News) – An Arkansas man’s response to a racist letter he received after installing a Black Santa inflatable in his yard is going viral. Chris Kennedy’s excitement for the holidays is mirrored in his North Little Rock front yard. I want kids to smile.”What puts a smile on many people’s face is an 8-foot-tall Black Santa that can’t be missed. Then on Monday, Kennedy received a letter he called racist, in which someone posing as “Santa” asked him to remove his Black Santa“Please remove your [racial slur] Santa. You should not try to deceive children into believing that I am a [racial slur] the letter states.
In Santa’s mailbag, a peek into children’s pandemic worries
From the first letters opened at the secretariat from Nov. 12, it quickly became apparent how the pandemic is weighing on children, says the chief elf, Jamila Hajji. One letter in three mentions the pandemic in some way, Hajji says. “The letters to Father Christmas are a sort of release for them. Replying to 12,000 letters per day, the team of 60 elves sets aside some that move them or catch the eye. One asked for “a pandemic of love.” A 77-year-old lamented that “lockdown is no fun!
Which holiday activities put you at the greatest risk of contracting COVID-19? The Texas Medical Association ranks them
The chart resembles another one that the Texas Medical Associated released earlier this year that shows which common activities put people at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. The new chart ranks 34 holiday activities from least to most risky “so holiday revelers can make informed choices during the busiest travel and social-gathering season of the year,” according to the association’s website. What is safe or not safe?’” Dr. Ogechika Alozie, an El Paso infectious disease specialist and TMA COVID-19 Task Force member, said on the association’s website. The chart was developed by the Texas Medical Association’s coronavirus task force, a team of front-line infectious disease and primary care physician experts tasked with advising fellow physicians across the state about COVID-19 developments. The TMA #COVID19 Task Force has developed a new version of our popular risk assessment chart to help you choose your activities wisely this holiday season.
BBB warns ‘Secret Santa’ and ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange is illegal
It’s called the “Secret Santa” or “Secret Sister” and it’s a gift exchange, usually amongst women. It works like this:Secret Sister social media recruitment post (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.) Secret Sister social media post (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.) • Report social media posts. Some pyramid schemes try to win your confidence by claiming they’re legal and endorsed by the government.
6 free things to do this weekend to get you in the holiday spirit
HOUSTON – Here are some fun, free things going on this weekend to help get you into the holiday spirit. Pictures with Santa and the Satna House in River OaksYou can also take some free photos with Santa at the “Santa House” in River Oaks tomorrow. “Christmas Vacation” Screening at City Acre Brewing CompanyEnjoy a screening of the classic “Christmas Vacation” at City Acre Brewing Company off Topping Street Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will also be a Christmas photo booth, a fire pit for smores, holiday drink specials, and the Griswold family Christmas dinner-themed menu. Holiday Dance Showcase in the Sugar Land Town SquareEnjoy dance performances by local companies during the Holiday Dance Showcase in Sugar Land Town Square Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6 must-see holiday light displays you can’t miss
Amanda Sorena, contributor with the popular parenting app and website, Mommy Nearest, shared the 6 must-see holiday light displays you can’t miss season. MAGICAL WINTER LIGHTSMagical Winter Lights (Magical Winter Lights)Fresh and multicultural display in La Marque. ZOO LIGHTSFamily at Zoo Lights (Houston Zoo)After closing, the Houston Zoo transforms into a magical light display with trees and exhibits aglow. Enjoy a 100-foot-long tunnel of light, a 4D enchanted forest, an ice dragon and “snow”“We always love Zoo lights. SUGAR LAND HOLIDAY LIGHTSSugar Land Holiday Lights (Sugar Land Holiday Lights)Constellation Field lights up with more than three million lights.
10 delicious recipes to make with your brand new Instant Pot
In case you didn't know, 2019 is all about pressure cooking, and the Instant Pot does that and so much more. We searched the internet far and wide to find the easiest, most delicious and fun Instant Pot recipes. Instant Pot Eggs Benedict from The Foodie and The FixEggs Benedict is a breakfast staple, so the fact that you can make it in an Instant Pot is beyond wild. Instant Pot Lemon Vegetable Risotto from Lexi's Clean KitchenLook, making risotto is stressful and difficult and has sent more chefs home on "Top Chef" than probably any other dish, but cooking risotto in an Instant Pot is easy and you almost can't mess it up. Instant Pot Mac & Cheese from DelishOK, y'all, you need to get into this mac and cheese recipe.
8 Christmas movies you have to watch
HOUSTON – When it comes to Christmas movies, there’s no shortage of choices. There are, however, some that stand the test of time and become traditional favorites of the holiday movie lover in all of us. Here’s my list of the Christmas movies you have to see during the holidays. "A Christmas Story" (1983)Let’s start with the obvious choice – “A Christmas Story.” This movie billed itself as a salute to an “All-American Christmas,” and it certainly lives up to that promise. (Rated PG-13)"Scrooged" (1988)This one doesn’t usually come to mind when you think about great holiday movies, but don’t let the modern, comedic façade of this classic Charles Dickens tale fool you.