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  • What: Seattle’s Greenwood-Phinney District, already well-known for major Northwest events like the  Greenwood Car Show and The Greenwood Seafair Parade,  is adding another event to the list of annual goings-on.  This Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the first Snowmen on Parade fundraiser at the debut of the new “Art Up/Open Up” monthly art walk. The Snowmen, decorated by local artists and members of the Seattle Boys and Girls Club, will be displayed along Greenwood Avenue and sold through a silent auction.  Art walk visitors may select their favorite snowman and go to the adjacent business to bid on the unique holiday masterpiece.  Bidding closes at 9:00pm.  All proceeds from the snowmen auction go to support the Seattle Boys and Girls club.
  • Where: Greenwood Avenue North, between N. 67th – N. 87th streets, Seattle [map]
  • When: December 12, 2008, 6:00-9:00pm. Thereafter, the “Art Up/Open Up” Art Walk will take place on the second Friday of each month, from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Future dates have been scheduled on the Western Washington Events Calendar for your convenience.

ABOUT THE ART WALK:

The “Art Up/Open Up,” Art Walk  is designed to encourage businesses to open their doors to local artists, to add to the enrichment of the increasingly popular Greenwood District, while disseminating art, culture and goodwill. On the second Friday of each month the Art Walk will feature visual art, great music and performances, along with special discounts and promotions from many of the fine local restaurants, bars and shops.

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A point I’ve made over and over again in this blog is that in order to simplify your Christmas, you have to do something. You have to make a concerted, positive effort to change those things that are making you miserable with each passing Christmas. In line with this is the “Christmas Pledge, set forth in Unplug the Christmas Machine , by Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli. For your edification, I now reproduce the pledge in its original form, save for adding a sixth element of my own devising to the pledge.

THE CHRISTMAS PLEDGE:

Believing in the beauty and simplicity of Christmas, I commit myself to the following:

  1. To remember those people who truly need my gifts.
  2. To express my love for family and friends in more direct ways than presents.
  3. To rededicate myself to the spiritual growth of my family.
  4. To examine my holiday activities in light of the true spirit of Christmas.
  5. To initiate one act of peacemaking within my circle of family and friends.
  6. To endeavor, after each Christmas season, to carry something of the values of Christmas with me throughout the rest of the year.

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“I hate holidays,” said Bachelor Bluff to me, with some little irritation, on a Christmas a few years ago. Then he paused an instant, after which he resumed: “I don’t mean to say that I hate to see people enjoying themselves. But I hate holidays, nevertheless, because to me they are always the saddest and dreariest days of the year. I shudder at the name of holiday. I dread the approach of one, and thank heaven when it is over. I pass through, on a holiday, the most horrible sensations, the bitterest feelings, the most oppressive melancholy; in fact, I am not myself at holiday-times.”

“Very strange,” I ventured to interpose….

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Toys for Tots Toy Drive for Children in Need, Whatcom County, Nov. 22-Dec. 18, 2008

What: Toys for Tots drive for new, unwrapped toys and cash donations to buy toys for children of families in need.

Where: Whatcom County Haggen locations; NW Hot Spring Spas; all Whatcom County Little Caesar’s Pizza locations; Whidbey Island Bank locations, and Quizno’s locations.

When: Now until Dec. 18  Haggen & NW Hot Spring Spa locations accepting toys and cash donations until Dec. 20 [via KGMI radio morning show, 11-21].

A concurrent Toys for Tots drive is taking place at Haggen locations in Stanwood, Arlington, Marysville and Lake Stevens until Dec. 20th. (read more)

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The real Bad Santa

To many individuals, the sentiment expressed in this poster is Christmas. Maybe they dislike it, maybe they resent it, maybe they regret it, maybe they long for something different. Or maybe they buy into it. Both literally and figuratively.

The old saying goes, “Time is money.” It’s not true. Beyond estimation, time is worth more than money. This Christmas and all throughout the year, spend time with those you love. With your wife, your husband, your children, your friends. No gift(s), no matter how lavish, can take the place of that.

And as for love: tell them so. Look them in the eye, and say, “I love you.” Almost nothing says it better than that. Since time immemorial.

Time stand still
I’m not looking back, but I
Want to look around me, now.
Time stand still
See more of the people and the
Places that surround me, now.

Neil Peart, “Time Stand Still”

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