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Now that it’s Christmastime
Won’t you please forgive the tearful eye?
Please forgive the shabby man on the street.
Now that we’re almost there,
On the verge of another year,
Please forgive the tattered shoes on his feet…

Hey, don’t you look away,
This can’t wait for another day.
Hey, don’t you look away,
This can’t wait for Christmas Day.

On Christmas Day we gather ’round the table,
Say the requisite Grace, with a happy face,
And wish goodwill upon the Human Race.

Now that it’s New Year’s Eve,
Won’t you please forgive the poor, who grieve?
Take a bite, and wipe your mouth on your sleeve.
Now that it’s almost here,
Raise your cup, be of good cheer,
Close your eyes and try to forget the fear…

Hey, don’t you look away,
This can’t wait for another day.
Hey, don’t you look away,
This can’t wait for New Year’s Day.

On New Year’s Eve we gather in the evening,
Drink the sparkling wine, sing Auld Lang Syne,
Make resolutions till we’re feeling fine.

Through every Christmas Day, and
Festive New Year’s Eve
My friend, I’m sad to say
There’s been a shadow, doggin’ me
And it’s

– Rod Brock, 1997

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Hyper-idealized Victorian Country Christmas

  • What: All shopkeepers in Victorian attire – Singing nativity and strolling musicians – Two stages with live entertainment – Visit with Santa – Ride the Christmas Train &/or the Old Cannery Train – Ride the Christmas Carousel – Christmas kitchen with demonstrations – Christmas Market featuring 70 vendors of unique, handcrafted items – – Holiday House featuring furniture, Christmas décor and experts to answer your design questions – 530 shops – Winter Wine Garden
  • Where: Western Washington Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA [map]
  • When: December 3-6, 10:00am-9:00pm | December 7, 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Admission: Adults: $9.50 | Seniors (62+): $8.00 | Students (6 – 18): $8.00 | Military w/ ID: $8.00 | Kids 5 & under are FREE | Groups Specials available | All tickets at the door.
  • Parking: FREE

For more information, see the official website

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  • What: Live Christmas Music, Gingerbread House Contest, horse drawn wagon rides, children’s art activities, free hot cider and cookies, visits w/Santa (photographer available), Lighted Boat Parade (4:30pm-6:00pm, Saturday). Bring a non-perishable food item for the Bellingham Food Bank and receive a FREE photo keychain from Artiem Photography.
  • Where: Bellingham Cruise Terminal (Alaska Ferry), 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham [map]
  • When: Fri, December 5, 2008, 12:00pm-8.00pm | Sat, December 6, 11:00am-6:00pm | Sun, December 7, 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Admission: FREE


From Interstate 5, southbound–

1.) Take exit 250 for WA-11 S/Old Fairhaven Parkway toward Chuckanut Drive
2.) Turn right at Old Fairhaven Pkwy/WA-11
3.) Continue on Donovan Ave
4.) Continue on 10th St
5.) Turn left at Harris Ave

From Interstate 5, northbound–

1.) Take exit 250 for WA-11 S/Old Fairhaven Pkwy toward Chuckanut Drive
2.) Turn left at Old Fairhaven Pkwy/WA-11
3.) Continue on Donovan Ave
4.) Continue on 10th St
5.) Turn left at Harris Ave

Official Website

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Christmas Piggies @ Pike Place MarketEven the piggies get dressed up for Christmas at Pike Place Public Market

  • What: Beginning @ 12:00pm, Santa will be by the Market’s vintage truck. Come by and take your own photos of your family with Santa. In the afternoon there will be a Food drive for the Pike Market Senior Center. Contribute 5 cans of food and receive a free reusable Market shopping bag (one bag per person, available for the first 100 who donate). PLUS:  Kid’s crafts –  The third level, “Downunder,” will celebrate the day with “Deck the DownUnder,” as they decorate their storefronts and welcome the season – The Seattle Chamber Brass Quintet takes the stage from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The grand finale is the annual lighting ceremony at 5:00 p.m. A large tree will be lit on Pike Place, as well as lights on the Market’s buildings.
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 29, 12:00pm-5:00pm

The Author and Friends outside Pike Place Market, 2005Yours truly posing with friends outside Pike Place Public Market, Seattle, on a Christmas Past.

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Lights of the Historic Fairhaven District, Bellingham, WA

“Christmas in Fairhaven”
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  • What: Tour d’Art – Magic Forest on the Village Green – District Lighting – Horse-drawn carriage rides – Street performers – Carolers – Visits from Fairhaven “Ladies of the Evening Society” – VICTORIAN SANTA – Scrooge contest – and MORE! [Weekend Schedule]
  • Where: Fairhaven District, Bellingham, WA [map]
  • When: Friday Nov. 28 & Saturday, Nov. 29. Follow schedule link above for specific events and times.

Learn more about the historic Fairhaven District in Bellingham, Washington

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Over the next couple of months visitors to Simplify Christmas (yes, visits have remained consistently high, even through the spring and summer months of 2008) will notice some fairly dramatic changes in the organization and appearance of the site as I prepare for the official start-up date of November 1st. The first big change is this new theme – which will be modified as needed before the official start-up. Update: 09/27/2208: I’ve decided to stick with last year’s theme – better features, overall.

Do not be alarmed by the changes – Christmas 2007 is past, and Simplify Xmas 2008 is going to be even bigger and better than last year!

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