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Celebrate Ten Years of Tradition at Snowflake Lane

November 18th, 2014 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Snow, singing, and drums beating! What could be a more festive way to greet Santa Claus? Every year the Bellevue Collection puts on a spectacular parade to help kick off the holiday season and this year is extra special! Snowflake Lane celebrates its ten year anniversary.

Sights to see during Snowflake Lane and Santa’s Arrival are toy drummers, merry snow characters, snowfall and much much more! For the first time ever, there will be a spectacular tree lighting with Santa at Bellevue Place.

Snowflake Lane happens nightly but it is only one night that Santa takes part in the jollification! If you miss Santa’s Arrival, that’s ok! He will be here at Bellevue Square from November 28th – December 24th. You can get a photo with Santa provided by Arthur & Associates inside Bellevue Square.

Bellevue Snowflake Lane

Visit the Bellevue Collection to help plan your holiday experience.

Share your memories this season on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and use #SFLmemories!

First Annual Gingerbread Town at Country Village

November 17th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

In this quaint, quiet and cozy village nestled in the heart of Bothell, there will be a day of festivities with ginger wafting through the air! On November 22nd, 10 AM – 6 PM Country Village will host their first annual Gingerbread House Day.

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Santa is opening his workshop for Gingerbread House-making participants, providing warmth and all the supplies you need! If you are feeling like a pro, you can enter the house you construct into the Gingerbread House Competition!

There is much more to do and see at Country Village. There will be a live gingerbread man and woman to say hi to, Santa’s reindeer, and… the big man himself will be there starting November 28th!

November 28th – December 24th come get your photo with Santa, photography provided by Arthur & Associates.

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Visit Country Village for more details about this season’s festivities and sign up for Gingerbread House Day.

 

Let’s Keep it Local — Northwest Local!

November 12th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

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Finding unique holiday gifts for your loved ones can be difficult in the whirlwind of the holiday season. That’s why there is Small Business Saturday reminding you to make an experience out of shopping.

Take a day to slow it down and see what locals have to offer; visit some local shops, get a snack at an independently owned bakery, then come get your photo with Santa! Yep, that’s right, Arthur & Associates Holiday Photography is a business with local roots as deep as 1943. The holiday business has been family owned and operated for three generations!

Because the Viydo’s are a local family, they take pride in providing extraordinary holiday experiences for the members of the community. Make lasting memories within your community this holiday season. Slow down and remember to give back and keep your local roots strong.

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The Great Month of Giving: Part I!

November 5th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

November is officially the month of giving! With Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, it only makes sense for us to take a moment and really think about what we are thankful for. Throughout this month we’ll share special  suggestions of ways to give back, whether it be in your community or within your family.

First on our list is volunteering to clean up at a local park. We have found a few upcoming tree planting and cleanup parties in the Pacific Northwest. This is a fun and educational activity for the whole family!

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Seward Park Restoration – Saturday November 8th

A great chance to get to know members of the community, while helping the community!

Point Defiance Marina Beach Cleanup – Saturday November 15th

Help keep the beach clean and healthy by joining a cleanup party every third Saturday of the month.

Planting & Mulching along Lake Sammamish – Saturday November 22nd

Help prevent invasive species from spreading and rebuild the natural habitat.

Have fun giving back this month! Stay tuned for more ways we like to give back.

A Family Fun Trick O’ Treat!

October 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Holiday Events news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Have a Happy Halloween and be safe!

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Pumpkin Patches in the Northwest

October 22nd, 2014 | Filed under: news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Pumpkin patches are a great way to spend time with your family. Most pumpkin patches are not just pumpkin patches, but offer an array of commodities and activities. From pumpkins to corn mazes, and fresh eggs to duck races, there are so many things to see at these farms! Here are a few popular autumn time attractions to explore with your family and friends this season:

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King County

Baxter Barn – Fall City

Not only are there pumpkins to pick, but ponies to ride and farm animals to see. Kids get a free pumpkin with a parent, making it great fun for the whole family! There are fresh eggs for sale in the barn so you can enjoy the farm at home. Be sure to check out all Baxter Barn’s details!

http://www.baxterbarn.org/

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Dr. Maze’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm – Redmond

This organic farm lies not far outside the quaint town of Redmond. Dr. Maze’s forte is… well mazes! You’ll find mazes made of corn, straw, and hay. There are farm animals  to visit and of course lots of pumpkins to pick! Make it a fun day trip!

http://www.drmazesfarm.com/

Snohomish County

Bob’s Corn – Snohomish

This farm has got it goin’ on! They celebrate three-day weekends all fall long opening at 3 pm for the fun activities kicking off on Fridays! The farm offers free hayrides to the middle of their pumpkin fields, where you can sort through over 50 varieties of pumpkins. After you have chosen your pumpkins, be sure to try one of Bob’s famous Apple Donuts, walk the corn maze, and much more!

http://www.bobscorn.com/

Bob's corn maze

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The Farm at Swan’s Trail – Snohomish

At this very festive farm you will find many events taking place. Pick the plumpest pumpkin and juiciest apple, enjoy shows and races put on by the farm animals, and find your way through the corn maze. You may find the corn maze layout somewhat familiar because it is shaped as Washington State!

http://www.thefarm1.com/

 

Discover something new at one of these farms and make fond and fun memories with your family and friends!

 

A Big Northwest Welcome to Fall

October 20th, 2014 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf jennifer

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!

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It Was a Good Year! Ho! Ho! Ho!

December 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions My Albums news | Posted by Elf jennifer

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!

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A Very Merry Prague Christmas

December 19th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions news | Posted by Elf jennifer

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.

Christmas around the world

There are different celebrations all around the world, what are your family traditions?

Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Tree History

December 18th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions news | Posted by Elf jennifer

 Northwest Christmas Tree

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.

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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.

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