christmas http://michiganradio.org en Christmas week ice storm knocked out holiday sales for Michigan retailers http://michiganradio.org/post/christmas-week-ice-storm-knocked-out-holiday-sales-michigan-retailers <p>A new report shows the major winter storm that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders last month also hurt late Christmas sales.</p><p></p><p>About a half million Michiganders spent part of Christmas week in the dark after an ice storm cut a swath through the state.</p><p></p><p>Tom Scott is with the Michigan Retailers Association. &nbsp;He says the Dec. 22 storm robbed many stores of last-minute Christmas shoppers.</p><p></p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16174 at http://michiganradio.org Christmas week ice storm knocked out holiday sales for Michigan retailers 'Tis the time for the 'selfish shopper' http://michiganradio.org/post/tis-time-selfish-shopper <p>Now that Christmas is over, Michigan retailers may be hoping that shoppers show more of their selfish side.</p><p></p><p>The holiday season is a season of giving. But one analyst says now that the presents have all been opened it's time for the "selfish shopper" to take over.</p><p></p><p>Trae Bodge is a senior editor for RetailMeNot.com. Bodge says being a "selfish shopper" is not necessarily a bad thing.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 19:55:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 15833 at http://michiganradio.org 'Tis the time for the 'selfish shopper' Amtrak adding trains in Michigan during Christmas & New Year's holidays http://michiganradio.org/post/amtrak-adding-trains-michigan-during-christmas-new-years-holidays <p>AAA Michigan estimates 2.9 million Michiganders will be traveling more than 50 miles during the holiday season.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Many of them will be traveling by train.</p><p></p><p>Marc Magliari is with Amtrak. He says Amtrak is adding extra trains in Michigan to accommodate increased demand during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.</p><p></p><p>“We’re adding trains across Michigan during the busy holiday season because our other trains are selling out,” says Magliari.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:24:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 15827 at http://michiganradio.org Amtrak adding trains in Michigan during Christmas & New Year's holidays Last minute holiday shoppers swarm Michigan stores on Christmas Eve http://michiganradio.org/post/last-minute-holiday-shoppers-swarm-michigan-stores-christmas-eve <p>Today hordes of last-minute Christmas shoppers hit Michigan stores frantically shopping for the perfect present, or at least the best still available.</p><p></p><p>The checkout lines, all two dozen of them, at a Meijer in Jackson were at least three shoppers deep around noon.</p><p></p><p>Jeff Bycraft was doing some last-minute Christmas shopping with his fiancé.</p><p></p><p>“Running a little bit behind this year, but we’re going to get it all done today. You have to,” says Bycraft.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:10:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 15818 at http://michiganradio.org Last minute holiday shoppers swarm Michigan stores on Christmas Eve Thousands will have to wait until after Christmas to get their electricity restored in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/thousands-will-have-wait-until-after-christmas-get-their-electricity-restored-michigan <p>It will be Saturday at least before electricity is restored to all the Michigan homes and businesses that lost power in Sunday’s ice storm.</p><p>The storm knocked out power to almost a half million Michiganders.&nbsp; About 300,000 are still waiting for their electricity to be turned back on.&nbsp;</p><p>Brian Wheeler is a Consumers Energy spokesman.&nbsp; He says about a third of the nearly 200,000 Consumers Energy customers without electricity are in Flint and Genesee County</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:34:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 15811 at http://michiganradio.org Thousands will have to wait until after Christmas to get their electricity restored in Michigan White House Christmas card made in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/white-house-christmas-card-made-michigan <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - <a href="http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-obamas-2013-white-house-christmas.html">The White House greeting card</a> being sent throughout the country has Michigan fingerprints all over it.<br /><br />The Grand Rapids Press reports that President Obama's 2013 card was designed by graphic artist Chris Hankinson of Hilltop Studios in Grand Rapids, Champion Die Inc. of Comstock Park made the die and Admore Inc. of Detroit made the card. Even the hand folding of the cards was done in state at Handy Bindery Co. in Clinton Township.<br /> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:38:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15795 at http://michiganradio.org White House Christmas card made in Michigan Michigan musicians record Christmas CD to support children in need http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-musicians-record-christmas-cd-support-children-need <p></p><p>It's December. That means the airwaves are filled with Holly Jolly Christmases, White Christmases, Jingle Bell Rock and that ever-present Little Drummer Boy.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, in the </span>interest<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of public service, we thought we'd present a way for you to hear some fresh holiday music, performed by Michigan artists. The CD is called "<a href="http://nochildforgotten.com/music" target="_blank">A Michigan Christmas of Hope</a>."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Holy Cross Children's Services will receive every penny of money raised from the CD.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's one of the largest private providers of specialized schools and children's services in Michigan.</span></p><p>Devin Scillian is best known as the anchor on WDIV-TV in Detroit. But, he's also built quite a following as a singer-songwriter.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, joining Devin is Russ Russell of Holy Cross Children's Services.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:35:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15747 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan musicians record Christmas CD to support children in need Stateside: Historic Christmas feasts, festivities http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-historic-christmas-feasts-festivities <p><em>(Editor's note: The piece originally aired on December 20,&nbsp;2012)&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p>Holiday feasts have increased in both complexity and decadence since their 19th century beginnings.</p><p>Bill Loomis of the Detroit News spoke with Cyndy about some historic festive spreads.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:20:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10467 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Historic Christmas feasts, festivities Muskegon is home to America's tallest, singing Christmas tree http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-home-americas-tallest-singing-christmas-tree <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A major holiday performance happens this weekend in West Michigan. Students, teachers and parents at Mona Shores High School have spent thousands of hours preparing for the event, where they create a living breathing, and singing Christmas Tree — that’s five-stories tall, and holds more than 200 student singers.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It’s getting lots of national attention. In 2011, TLC featured the tree on its aptly-titled holiday show, “Extreme Christmas Trees.” This year, it’ll be highlighted on the Travel Channel. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The show is now in its 29th year. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-198a3c94-c3e3-98bd-7168-388e060774ba"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Almost 300 hundred students from Mona Shores High School have been practicing for this show — held at Muskegon’s </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(54, 54, 54); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Frauenthal</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Center for Performing Arts — since Labor Day. </span></span></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:38:23 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 15554 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon is home to America's tallest, singing Christmas tree Michigan shoppers will move from the store to the office on Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-shoppers-will-move-store-office-monday <p>Tomorrow, many people will switch from shopping at brick and mortar stores to shopping at online stores.</p><p></p><p>And, that means many will do Cyber-Monday browsing from their office cubicle.</p><p></p><p>Robert Half Technology surveyed employers and found 29 percent block access to online shopping sites. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;That’s down from 33 percent last year.</p><p></p><p>Karen Wilson is with Robert Half.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She says allowing employees to shop online could actually improve productivity.</p><p></p> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 18:52:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15481 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan shoppers will move from the store to the office on Monday Labor leaders set to join rally at Michigan Wal-Mart http://michiganradio.org/post/labor-leaders-set-join-rally-michigan-wal-mart <p>STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - Several labor leaders are expected to rally at a suburban Detroit Wal-Mart store on the day traditionally viewed as the official start to the holiday buying season.<br /><br />MLive.com reports the Friday event in Sterling Heights is one of hundreds of planned demonstrations and walkouts around the country. The Michigan Black Friday protest is expected to draw leaders from the AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union.<br /> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:19:09 +0000 The Associated Press 15470 at http://michiganradio.org Labor leaders set to join rally at Michigan Wal-Mart Michigan retailers are not optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-retailers-are-not-optimistic-about-upcoming-holiday-shopping-season <p>Michigan retailers are less optimistic about this year’s holiday shopping season.</p><p>A survey by the Michigan Retailers Association finds a little more than half of its members expect their sales will be better this year.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.retailers.com/mra/news/michigan-retail-index.html">Michigan Retailers Index</a> predicts about a 1.3% increase this year, that’s well below <a href="http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&amp;op=viewlive&amp;sp_id=1674">the national forecast.</a></p> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 16:56:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15000 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan retailers are not optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season Lansing Christmas Tree search begins http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-christmas-tree-search-begins-0 <p>School’s out and summer means sun tans, barbeques, beach days, and…searching for Christmas Trees?</p><p>The hunt for the state holiday tree has begun. Michigan needs a 65-foot-tall evergreen that can sparkle on the lawn of the Capitol building in November.</p><p></p><p>“Everyone laughs that the process starts in June,” said Kurt Weiss with Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget, “But that’s when the process starts.”</p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:10:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12942 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing Christmas Tree search begins Back to the mall for After Christmas sales http://michiganradio.org/post/back-mall-after-christmas-sales <p>For Michigan retailers, Christmas is over and now it’s time to focus on After Christmas sales.</p><p>Analysts say the unusually long holiday shopping season, stretching from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, generated sales numbers only modestly better than last year.</p><p>Tom Scott is with the Michigan Retailers Association.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He says gift cards were a popular present this year.&nbsp;&nbsp; Scott says many Michiganders will redeem their gift cards during the next few weeks and probably spend a little more as well.</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:25:46 +0000 Steve Carmody 10523 at http://michiganradio.org Back to the mall for After Christmas sales Holiday depression is a problem for many in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/holiday-depression-problem-many-michigan <p>The holidays bring with them added stress and depression.</p><p>Lisa Laughman is an emotional wellness consultant at Michigan State University.</p><p>She says there are many reasons why people may feel stressed or depressed this time of year.&nbsp;&nbsp; This could be the first Christmas without a loved one.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Financial challenges may be making a 'traditional' family Christmas difficult.&nbsp;&nbsp; Some people say the recent school massacre in Connecticut is also making this feel less like Christmas.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 05:27:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10514 at http://michiganradio.org Holiday depression is a problem for many in Michigan The LONG holiday shopping season coming to an end in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/long-holiday-shopping-season-coming-end-michigan <p>Michigan retailers are checking their holiday shopping receipts.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The longer than normal holiday shopping season wraps up amid predictions that sales have not been quite as good as expected.</p><p>"We’ve noticed it’s been a little more spread out than usual," Peggy Hayes is the marketing director for the Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, the largest shopping mall in Michigan,&nbsp; "Often times, people wait until the last minute…but we’re found it’s been spread out…over the holiday season this year.”</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:46:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10511 at http://michiganradio.org The LONG holiday shopping season coming to an end in Michigan Santa's helpers sometimes dress like firefighters in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/santas-helpers-sometimes-dress-firefighters-michigan <p>Most Michigan children believe Santa Claus brings them presents for Christmas.&nbsp;</p><p>But children in Charlotte KNOW local firefighters are handling the delivery.&nbsp; Starting about five o'clock, fire engines will start rolling down local streets, delivering presents.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Christmas Kiddies program has been providing needy children with presents in Eaton County for more than a hundred years. &nbsp;&nbsp;This year, more than 400 children will be receiving Christmas presents.</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 19:54:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 10512 at http://michiganradio.org Santa's helpers sometimes dress like firefighters in Michigan Holiday shopping moves into the home stretch http://michiganradio.org/post/holiday-shopping-moves-home-stretch <p>The holiday shopping season is expected to wrap up in a big way this weekend in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>This has been a longer than normal holiday shopping season with five full weekends separating Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.</p><p></p><p>Tom Scott is with the Michigan Retailers Association. He says stores have seen their business rise and fall during the past month. Scott says the unevenness of the holiday shopping season can be blamed in part on its length.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 21:19:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 10500 at http://michiganradio.org Holiday shopping moves into the home stretch Stateside: Gifts For 20 recognizes those lost in Sandy Hook tragedy http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-gifts-20-recognizes-those-lost-sandy-hook-tragedy <p>11-year-old Noah Hudson-Peralta wants to remember the young boys and girls who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook tragedy.&nbsp;</p><p>He came up with the idea of&nbsp;<a href="http://giftsfor20.org/">Gifts For 20</a>&nbsp;in honor of the twenty children who passed away.</p><p>On Saturday, December 22nd, "Sandy Hook Day", Noah encourages everyone to give presents to disadvantaged children by donating to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys.aspx">Toys for Tots drive in their local area</a>.</p><p>Listen to our interview with Noah and his father Ryan Hudson-Peralta above.&nbsp; Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:27:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10469 at http://michiganradio.org Tradition of the “Christmas ship” lives on, 100 years after sinking http://michiganradio.org/post/tradition-christmas-ship-lives-100-years-after-sinking <p>The U.S. <a href="http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1616055/PHOTOs-Crew-of-Coast-Guard-Cutter-Mackinaw-prepares-for-Christmas-Ship-journey-to-Chicago">Coast Guard has loaded 1,300 Christmas trees </a>aboard the ice cutter <em>Mackinaw</em> for delivery to needy families in Chicago.</p><p>Captain Dave Truitt of the <a href="http://christmasship.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=frontpage&amp;Itemid=1">Christmas Ship committee </a>in Chicago says selling cheap evergreen trees from the northern Michigan woods to families in Chicago was a tradition a century ago.</p><p>“People would come down and get telegraphs of what ships were coming. They would look to the horizon and one of them would have a Christmas tree tied to the top. And people would yell and scream and the church bell it would start ringing and it was the beginning of Christmas for the entire community,” Truitt said.</p><p>Captain Herman Schuenemann’s ship, the <em>Rouse Simmons</em>, became known as the Christmas tree ship.</p><p>“One of the reasons (Captain Schuenemann) was so popular besides being a very good guy, he was a good businessman. He had an amazingly simple sign on his large schooner,” Truitt said, “It said ‘Christmas trees cheap’.”</p><p>75-cents was cheap. On land trees sold for a dollar a piece.</p><p>This year’s trip <a href="http://christmasship.org/images/stories/downloads/2012_news_release_final.pdf">marks the 100th anniversary </a>of the sinking of the original Christmas tree ship. It was last seen above water November 23rd, 1912 before a big snow storm. There are still many evergreens in the ship’s hull at the bottom of Lake Michigan.</p><p>Check out the wreckage footage below (narration begins around a minute into the video).</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrnqheC_QQk&amp;feature=player_embedded#! Fri, 23 Nov 2012 22:06:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10043 at http://michiganradio.org