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Getting to Know Arthur & Associates

December 17th, 2014 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer


The family that runs and operates Arthur & Associates truly love what they do. Hillard, the owner and father of three boys, remembers as a small child experiencing the magic of photography and how memories are made. Hillard’s favorite part of the holiday season is watching others receive joy, knowing that they are making lasting memories of happy moments. Other tokens of joy throughout the holiday season for Hillard are the Christmas treats always around and the heartwarming music. Hillard’s favorite tune is “I’ll be Home for Christmas”, a song with lyrics that really state what Christmas means for him.

Now we all know how Hillard will be spending this holiday season; palin’ around with Santa, eating lots of goodies, and taking a moment to reflect every time he hears “I’ll be Home for Christmas”. What are your favorite aspects of the holiday season?

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Santa’s Christmas Village at Country Village

December 4th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa Claus is coming to town! Saturday December 6th will be a very festive day for Country Village! There will be laughter, warmth and cheer passed around as everyone awaits the much anticipated arrival of Santa Claus!

Country Village

Come sing along with a variety of carolers featured all day, visit with Santa’s reindeer, and snack on hot roasted chestnuts. At 7 o’clock Santa will parade through the Village on his miraculous Christmas float and attend the annual tree lighting ceremony.

Country Village

You can say hi to Santa at his workshop located in Country Village and get your professional photo taken with Santa, provided by Arthur & Associates.

Let the magic begin!


12 Days of Christmas with 21 Christmas Trees

November 27th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and friends today, we also wanted to share a very remarkable holiday event going on now.

This holiday season 21 designer Christmas Trees with be on display at the Downtown Seattle Fairmont Hotel. Each tree has its own decorative theme and displays a picture and a story of a patient from Seattle Children’s Hospital that the special tree is representing.

Northwest Christmas Tree

November 22 through December 3rd you and your family can view the 21 amazing Christmas Trees and learn about the brave patients they are helping to save! Other holiday events within the Fairmont Hotel include the Teddy Bear Suite. All donations taken at the Teddy Bear Suite and the Festival of Trees benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

There are many ways to donate during this event, visit Seattle Festival of Trees and the Teddy Bear Suite to find out.

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.

 Northwest Christmas Tree

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.

 Seattle Christmas Tree

Getting into the Spirit!

December 17th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

Northwest Hot Chocolate

Deck the Halls in the Northwest!

November 22nd, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

A message from Snowflake the Elf:

How do all of you get your Christmas Trees around the Pacific Northwest? I know there are a variety of ways and traditions. In the North Pole, elves march out into the snow, in hunt for the best lookin’ tree! First-things-first, I always check to make sure there are no critters inhabiting my future Christmas tree, and then I assess the branches making sure they are full and vibrant, and the last thing I do is check the trunk to be sure there is no rotting.

Northwest Christmas

I know that the Northwest has many mountains and I have heard that the Mountain Loop highway is a big Christmas tree hunting area. Just stop at the Verlot Ranger Station to purchase your tree permit of $10, then they’ll tell you where to go! Many people make a tradition of going down to the tree lots – a tasty opportunity to get some hot chocolate. Don’t forget to bring your camera for lasting memories!

As for decorating the tree, I love putting cards I receive onto the branches, tying bows on the branches, and collecting vintage ornaments found at thrift stores and antique stores! Share with your friends about how you decorate and get your tree, maybe you can get some ideas to add into your traditions!


Vintage Seattle

(Image courtesy of Pinterest – Jackie Molzahn)

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

November 21st, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday traditions planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Seattle LightsSeattle Lights

This holiday season The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Downtown Seattle will be featuring 21 designer trees on display throughout the hotel! The opening night dinner gala kicks off the installment on Saturday November 23, benefitting Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

For the public, the trees will be on display Sunday, November 24th – December 2nd, and there will be other ways to give-back to Seattle Children’s, and The Festival of Trees. You can purchase a tree to support Seattle Children’s, or there will be aTree Raffle for the designer trees throughout the hotel on Sunday, November 24th. Again, proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital! There are ways to donate to the event itself: The Festival of Trees, that are fun and easy. One way is to dine in the very elegant Georgian Room November 23rd – January 3rd, and order off the menu designed for The Festival of Trees; a portion of your bill will support the event. Also, during this time, 10% of your room cost will go toward supporting this event!

 Fairmont SeattleDowntown Seattle

The Festival of Trees is not the only event going on in this bustling downtown hotel, there is also the annual Teddy Bear Suite that is fun for everyone! Starting Sunday November 24th, open Monday – Thursday 11 am – 5 pm & Friday – Sunday (and Christmas) 10 am – 7 pm throughout the season. This magical room, designed by Kevin Bradford, is great for family photos and to just wander around and become enchanted within this holiday world! Donations are taken at the suite that benefit Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.