the update – seattle tradition – christmas

08 Dec
December 8, 2009
From needle+thread

EVENTS-
dec 3rd-17th (thursdays) – downtown – an improvised christmas carol – have you been to unexpected productions? HI-larious, and their interpretation of a christmas carol is SO FUNNY. i think i went 3 times the first year i found it. they take suggestions from the audience for elements of the story, and it turns a story we’ve all heard a zillion times, into something unexpected, fresh and FUNNY. GO!
dec. 4th – downtown – figgy pudding caroling contest – if you’ve never been, it’s worth a stroll through, or stay for the whole thing. i love that they block off the streets and you can wander and listen to all the groups sing. here’s some info about the event.
dec. 4th – top of queen anne – holiday magic – from mcgraw to galer, all the merchants on top of queen anne are having a festive night
dec 5th – holiday kick off at the sip and ship in ballard – i know there’s music and a percent off, but can’t find my email about it. i LOVE the sip and ship. and they take a lot of stress out of wrapping AND shipping. two things i’m not fond of.
dec. 6th – the boutique culture warehouse sale – i went to the one they had end of summer… some great deals from some of your favourite boutiques AND this time they’re doing a clothing swap.  here’s the info.
dec. 12th – santarchy or santacon… of course they have a facebook page.  the best part of santarchy is coming across it randomly.
dec. 17th – holiday party at mario’s, their website has all the info.

plus i just did a search for where to see the best light decorations, and my favourite, olympic manor is listed in this article– although, i can’t tell how old it is. and just realized it’s written by courtney strand, who i met for the first time at blogmeetblog!

more to come, and if you know of something great, email me!

i grew up in a relatively small town.  what am i saying… 6000 is teenie tiny.  i sometimes feel like i’ve come so far from where i started, that i’m never very sure if i actually did come from there.  christmas-time is that period in the year that that i’m fully reminded.  makes me remember growing up- maybe it’s like this for everyone…

i seriously start getting giddy, my ADD kicks into overdrive with all the sparkle, music, parties… baking opportunities. i make christmas music mixes and make my husband nuts with the over-playing of the waitresses ‘christmas song’, i like wearing socks and sliding in the kitchen while gene autry blares, and i make cookies i only ever eat this time of year.

since this blog is seattle specific, i wanted to begin to collect all the things i love attending every year.  seattle is beautiful at christmas.  i love living here, and making new traditions in our city by the sea… i know i’m getting a jump on the christmas stuff, pre-thanksgiving- but… this is what i’m looking forward to, and there it is.  if you want to find a list of christmas events, check back and click on inspiration or musings.  for the month of december, i’ll make sure it stays at the top.  have a happy thanksgiving (we’re doing a small t-day with friends- wii give thanks!- it’s kind of self explanatory…and will involve turkey).  hope to see you about town, and as always… i’ll have my camera.

p.s. the picture is from last week and involved no editing but cropping.  i’m loving the crazy light shift this time of year- although it is making for some tough fashion capturing.

EVENTS-
dec 3rd-17th (thursdays) – an improvised christmas carol – have you been to unexpected productions? HI-larious, and their interpretation of a christmas carol is SO FUNNY. i think i went 3 times the first year i found it. they take suggestions from the audience for elements of the story, and it turns a story we’ve all heard a zillion times into something unexpected, fresh and funny. GO!
dec. 4th – downtown – figgy pudding caroling contest – if you’ve never been, it’s worth a stroll through, or stay for the whole thing. i love that they block off the streets and you can wander and list to all the groups sing. here’s some info about the event.
dec. 4th – top of queen anne – holiday magic – from mcgraw to galer, all the merchants on top of queen anne are having a festive night
dec 5th – holiday kick off at the sip and ship in ballard – i know there’s music and a percent off, but can’t find my email about it. i LOVE the sip and ship. and they take a lot of stress out of wrapping AND shipping. two things i’m not fond of.

more to come, and if you know of something great, email me!

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7 replies
  1. Maya says:

    Oooh, I love Christmas in Seattle too. I am also from a small town and remember my first X-mas in Seattle. I thought it looked just like the old B&W movies of Christmas in New York. Lights everywhere and people hustling and bustling.

  2. Dana says:

    I am right there with you. I am already so excited for the holidays. It made me so happy to walk into Trader Joes this morning to the sounds of festive music and the smell of pine and pumpkin pie. I’m really hoping for okay weather for all the events this week downtown.

  3. jaunty magpie says:

    Deck the halls, indeed. This will be my first Christmas here — I always would travel to see my family, but this year I felt like I should stay local, although I would always put up our fake tree extra-early so I could enjoy it before I left! I love driving around and seeing what people do with their house decorations. I love having hot cocoa on a chilly day, looking at window displays. I like finding all the tree lighting ceremonies close to where we live, and trying to see as many of them as possible!

  4. What Would a Nerd Wear says:

    i LOVE seattle. so jealous that you are there in the winter, where it is particularly beautiful.

  5. lynnette says:

    This photo is gorgeous!! 😀 It makes me crave Seattle so much… I have family who live there and my favorite holidays ever have always been with them in Seattle during Christmas time… haha i know what you mean about baking and eating cookies that you only eat at this time of the year! I love everything about Christmas and how it can be felt even in supermarkets or convenience stores… and what i remember was how beautifully decorated all the houses were in the neighbourhoods…

    do take lots of photos of Seattle during this time to show us! 😀 i’d love to see how people in seattle celebrate xmas and what the streets look like…

  6. jaunty magpie says:

    Joy to the world, indeed — was just wandering thru Ballard this week, admiring all the holiday decor in the shops. Did a walk through Redmond when they did their tree lighting; cold, but we could bring our dog, and she loved the nighttime walk! I’ve been downtown during the attack of the Santas. It’s so funny and off the wall — much nicer than the Portland one, which I know can just get totally out of control!

  7. CopyStrands says:

    I love Olympic Manor for lights too! Thanks for linking to my article it is less than a year old so it’s is current 🙂

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