I am just happy to BE home for the holidays! I have traveled a TON since about the July before this one past and am tired from being constantly on the go. I am presently home for 4 straight weekends in a row, from Thanksgiving to just before Christmas, and wow, just awesome. I have enjoyed preparing the house for Christmas, decorating the trees, socializing with friends and local groups, luncheons and potlucks, shopping and wrapping gifts, and even the long lines at the post office have not bothered me! Everyone seems to be in good spirits. I will watch my granddaughter's pre-school Christmas performance next week via Skype.
Culturally, there are a few things in town, Christmas Parade every year downtown, outdoor ice skating rink on the downtown pedestrian mall, Christmas Tree Lane (a tradition that we always partake in), Christmas lights at the Zoo, Children's Electrical Christmas Parade, our local ballet theater usually does the Nutcracker, there are jazz holiday performances and Fresno Phil holiday performances as well as local church productions. Lots to enjoy, no shortage of ways to give and to bless others, this year it was fun working with the Marine Corps League and Toys for Tots (last weekend's marathon campaign exceeded its goal!), but I find the most enjoyment in just spending time with family and friends.
Our last sleeps in Marriott beds for the year will be Christmas Eve and Christmas Night. We will be celebrating the holiday with the larger family in North San Diego County (North County). Warm, sunny, beachy Christmases suit me just fine.
Christmas blessings, everyone. May all your holiday wishes come true.
Enjoy your time at home, I know you've been gone more than I was when I was when I was working and testing software builds in ACY.
Happy Holidays back at ya pluto77 and a Merry Christmas to ALL Insiders.
If I don't steal your Grinch hat and gloves first! Those are awesome, KatieC. Look at that, a Christmas tree farm in the background and everything - Great pic. Go Grinch Katie, go!
I couldn't get over the festive, holiday feel of a Florida area that I had never really ventured upon before (and I've banged all over Florida for decades). The Sarasota/Bradenton and over to the Gulf Coast, Longboat Key and Lido Island was quite enjoyable and worthy of another visit. It was also decorated in the spirit of the holidays.
Ginger Beer erc? GINGER BEER!!!!!!!!! A true Englishman is musch more likely to enjoy a pint of good old bitter - served warm of course!
The Kennedy Center, besides offering terrific rooftop views up and down the Potomac River, also puts on several excellent holiday performances.
This though (in the cafe) is about the extent of the holiday decorations
Our pals from Marriott do provide a generous grant which support Free 30 minute performances (excellent quality) 365 days a year at 6:00 pm. If you're staying at the Dupont Circle Renaissance or the 22nd and M St. Marriott, it's a very nice walk in the spring or fall (and the occasional nice summer day as well). It's also a nice combo, Millennium performance, a dinner on the top floor (the Rooftop Terrace is ok, but my preference is the KC Cafe - more casual, half the price, often quicker, and just as nice of view) and then your main stage evening performance.
You can also watch a live internet broadcast (of the Millennium) at kennedy-center.org/millennium.
Check it out someday - good stuff (and they have Happy Hour at the Foyer Bar 5-6 ).