Fold up your shorts, put away the beachwear, it’s time for cozy sweaters and rain boots!
In the Northwest, fall is definitely a turning point. The brisk air blows, bringing with it the colorful leaves. This is the last bit of outdoor weather for the Northwest!
With fall comes new attire, new activities and a fresh round of crops!
Also at this time, Santa is preparing for his busiest time of year! He eats more cookies and drinks more cocoa, inspects all toy making tools with his elves, and of course starts his list!
Fall is an exciting season with a lot to offer, embrace it!
Santa is off! He’s very excited to come visit all of you! He wanted me to share some of his favorite moments from this season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Santa told me some side splitting jokes the other night over a cup of hot chocolate, and I just would like to share the cheer and joy with you!
1. What do snowmen eat for breakfast? – Snowflakes!
2. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? - Frostbite
3. What’s red and white and gives presents to good little fish on Christmas? – Sandy Claws
4. What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet? - The Christmas alphabet has NOEL!
Tell these to your family to get them rolling! Santa is a funny guy, and he’s looking forward to visiting you! His spirits are high, he is as jolly as can be, looking forward to Christmas Day!
Veselé Vánoce! This is “Merry Christmas” in Czech. In the Czech Republic, Christmas is celebrated a little differently with the main celebration being dinner on Christmas Eve. An old tradition is to fast before the feast in hopes to see a vision of “the golden pig” before the meal; this means good luck! Another important superstition of Christmas Eve dinner, which demonstrates the power of family and togetherness, is that no one can get up during the meal, this will bring bad luck and death to the family, instead everyone rises simultaneously. Many families after dinner, proceed to their church and participate in midnight mass.
There are different celebrations all around the world, what are your family traditions?
The history of our beloved Christmas Tree began with our ancient ancestors. Many ancient people began decorating their homes with evergreen boughs, believing that it kept out witches, evil spirits, and illness. Typically the boughs were hung above entry ways and windows. Other communities used these boughs as decoration symbolizing the festivities, for example the Romans celebrated the winter solstice as a sign that there would soon be green, abundant crops growing in the farms. To mark this occasion the Romans used the evergreens as a symbol and decoration. Another group, known as the Celts, would decorate their homes in this fashion, believing it to be a symbol of everlasting life.
As for the Christmas Tree we know today, this tradition was started in Germany. Devout Christians would bring trees into their homes and decorate them. It is said that the Protestant Reformer of the 16th, Martin Luther, is the one who began the tradition of lighting the tree. The story says that Martin Luther, walking home one winter evening, looked up and was breath-taken by the stars shining through the surrounding evergreens. He wanted to recreated the scene, so the moment he got home he began wiring candles to the Christmas Tree.
For awhile, the idea of a tree decorated inside someone’s house was very odd. The Americans found the tree tradition very odd of the German settlers of Pennsylvania. Then, in 1846, the German Prince Albert and his wife Queen Victoria were illustrated in London News standing around their household Christmas Tree. Due to the high acceptance of the Queen, it immediately became fashionable throughout England and the Eastern Coast of America to have a Christmas Tree.
If you want to treat your family this year to some fantastic live performances around the area, I have a diverse yet family-friendly list of theatre performances! Whether you like dance, musicals, drama, or watching rare talents, I know you’ll be able to find something delightful on this list!
Seattle’s favorite holiday performance would have to be The Nutcracker. Presenting Stowell and Sendak’s spin off of the ever classic Tchaikovsky ballet. Featuring over 200 dancers, gigantic moving sets, and as always, fabulous costumes! It is sure to be an enchanting night for all!
Playing at Seattle’s McCaw Hall, matinee times available. Running through December 29th.
The 5th Avenue Theatre is proud to have Oliver!
as part of their Christmas season! This production is special because it features a cast of local actors
! So come on down, share the magic of a downtown holiday experience, and come see your local talent performing in a Broadway show!
Playing at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, matinee times available
. Running through December 29th.
Photo from th00.deviantart.net/ – Pinned by Clay Stewart
This year, the Paramount Theatre is treating us to three nights only for Cirque Dreams: Holidaze
. Watch in awe as your favorite holiday characters come to life and perform rare talents! Set to your favorite holiday tunes, with fantastic sparkling costumes, how could you leave not satisfied?
Playing at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for 3 nights only
, December 20th – 22nd!
Photo from floridatheatre.com/ – Pinned by Florida Theatre
With so much to do in just our area, everyone’s holiday will be spectacular!