I reached out to some of these events to make my Christmas list come true. I get to attend at a discount or no cost to me.
You are never too old to wish for a little Christmas magic.
Do you remember as a little one writing out your Christmas list? A page of wishes numbered by importance, some starred, and a few with at least 3 underlines (parents know you mean business with underlines). I have never been the most organized, but I had a system. It seemed to work as my mom and dad always got me the most special gifts! What I loved most was all of the fun things we went to during the holidays and the memories I have now of that time with my parents. Especially, my dad since it has been just over a year since he passed. Now it I time to share special memories with my teens and bitty girl.
What was better than the coolest new fad gift? Adventure. My parents always made sure the holidays were about more than gifts. One year, we spent Christmas in Cali at Disneyland, I got to see the parade and walk through a winter wonderland of lights. I will never forget it, EVER.
As I have grown and become a mom, my list has gotten smaller and shorter, and eventually I stopped writing one. Truth is 3 kids are expensive and now their wishes are most important. Lord knows as soon as us mamas can finally start making lists (that aren’t to-do or grocery lists) and then our kids are teens! If you don’t have teens yet, start saving now! Everything they want is pricey. I decided maybe to help them learn to be adults (and all the traditions that change) I would write a grown up Christmas list. Things I always wanted to do as a kid and a few awesome new things I would have for sure asked for if I was a kid today!
I knew this was gonna be the year we finally started our Washington holiday tradition and what better way to do that than cross off mommy’s grown up Christmas list.
My Grown Up Christmas list
1. The Nutcracker ballet- Oh how I love ballerinas, all dance really, but it has been a dream of mine since I little to go to the Nutcracker at Christmas. I have never seen it! Not even a local play. So this year is going to be so special! As I am taking my daughters to their first showing tonight! We are going to dress up and wear ringlets in our hair. I asked my local friends about The Pacific Northwest Ballet and its performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and everyone gave rave reviews of the magic that it brings. This is most definitely the top of my list and underlined!
2. Train ride- I can’t believe I have lived near trains my whole life and have never been on one. Not even see one up close. I have secretly, always dreamed of riding a train through the mountains. My favorite *kid* holiday movie is The Polar Express and here in the PNW we actually have a train ride themed after it at Mt. Rainier Railroad. I feel like this is getting a two-fer one, ya know?!
3. Zoo- Since moving home to WA I have heard of this cool new thing the Woodland Park Zoo does, lighting up the paths at night, WildLights. A few of my friends go every year to support the charities it raises money for, I really want to go this year while my Bitty animal lover is still little, but mostly for me. As a child, Woodland Park was somewhere we went every year and I grew to have fond memories of the neighborhood it is in as well. It is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Green lake where I used to daydream as the crew teams practiced. There is certainly a special place in my heart for this zoo.
4. Leavenworth lights- I have been to Leavenworth quite few times, but only during the summer, on my way to Chelan. I hear their Christmas display sets the Bavarian town apart from any city in the state. This cute little town has quite the charm and makes me want to put on clogs and dance around. I legit had clogs as a child, maybe I got them from Leavenworth? I absolutely want to see their tree all lit up and hear the carolers, I love Christmas music!
5. Snowflake Lane in Bellevue Square- I am a huge fan of parades. I have been ever since I was a little and we would go to the White’s parade by my grammy’s house every year. But I have never been to Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane. I have seen all the pictures since Nov and I want so badly to go experience the Eastside’s special show. Honestly, I think I get more giddy about the music and dancing than my kids do, but I adore seeing their faces lit up at all the lights. Not to mention, The Bellevue Collection does so many wonderful events all year-long. This mommy really likes to get her ME time shopping and hanging out with my other blogger friends.
6. Pike Place Market- Last but not least, I have always wanted to go to Pike Place Market during the holidays, The buzz of people, the lights, the special feeling of the market at night. It is iconic. I have never been during Christmas, well winter as a whole. I have to go this year. I totally have a little list going of a few vendors to try too!
I love experiences. Adventuring in my own State.
Every year when I think about the holidays, I swoon over all of the once a year happenings and this year I am finally doing them. I am sure my list could have had the coolest items, trendy clothes, and electronics to help me get this blog up to my dream website, but something in my heart called out for closeness this year with the people who I love. Maybe it is because I have one child on the verge of adulthood and another close behind. My baby is halfway through elementary and my mom is entering into her first solid year of life on her own, I just wanted to soak up memories while we are all together. This mommy just wanted to finally get to live like a child with the magic of Christmas.
What is on your Grown up Christmas list? Share with me if you have done any of these, I would love to hear your memories!
I reached out to some of these events to make my list come true. I get to attend at a discount or no cost to me and I am sharing them with you. Maybe you can find a few fun ways to experience Western Washington during the Holidays like me. I share what I love, my opinions are my own.