Between the spouse’s office party, the kids’ school concerts, present wrapping, cookie baking, and family visits, December doesn’t come with a to-do list, it blows in like a MUST-GET-DONE blizzard.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the holiday season. It’s festive, fun, full of goodwill, and features a cheery prerecorded soundtrack. Unlike certain other long, gloomy, boring, winter months, December offers non-stop entertainment and PRESENTS.
During these speedy thirty-one days, the question isn’t, what should we do, but what will we miss? I hate making those choices. I want to do EVERYTHING. Since I’m incapable of manipulating time, I fit in as many activities as possible. Here are some I’ve accomplished so far.
In the House
- Decorate the house: I collect ornaments on trips and vacations. When we decorate the tree, we remember fun adventures and events.
- Send Christmas greetings to family: Thanks to social media, my list is much shorter, but I still mail a few actual cards.
- Watch holiday television specials: So festive and so nostalgic, they remind me of childhood Christmas celebrations. You could watch (or stream) nonstop. Don’t believe me? Check out this site. I do have some favorites.
On the Go
- My must-do list always includes the Sheraton Grand Seattle’s annual Gingerbread Village. This year’s theme is Welcome to Whoville and benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
- I also went to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Teddy Bear Suite, Child-Sized Gingerbread House, and Festival of Trees. Not only beautiful, donations collected support uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Seattle Children’s Autism Center.
- I’ll make several trips to Seattle Center Winterfest. Something for everyone, train and village, ice rink, musical performances, beautiful lights and ice sculptures. (Did you notice my picture at the top of the post?)
- Still on my list, but coming soon. A visit to the ACT Theater for a performance of A Christmas Carol.
Even though these aren’t “holiday” themed, they qualify as Decemeber events.
- The Seattle Art Museum special exhibit of Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts Of Jodhpur, India. It is impressive and runs through January 21. I went on First Thursday for half price.
- Right outside my door I saw “Let There Be Light”, a video art exhibit projected on the grain silos and elevator located at Pier 86. As explained on the website, the unique art concept aims “to showcase the great impact projection art can have while leaving no footprint or waste behind.”
- An exciting performance of In the Heights, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame at The Seattle Repertory Theater.
It’s been a busy month and it’s not over yet. What do you have planned? Share in the comments.
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