Holiday Traditions We’ll Miss This Year

Hopes are collectively rising these last couple weeks, as two fantastic sets of results put the promise of an effective coronavirus vaccine tantalizingly close. But we’re not there yet; we’ve got to get through a grim winter and at least a spring before the clouds will really start to lift. And so we (responsible people, at least) face a holiday season unlike one experienced in generations. And that means a lot of traditions around Georgetown will go unobserved this year. GM would like to name his personal ones he’ll miss dearly this year. Add yours to the comments!

Breakfast With Santa

The Friends of Volta Park have hosted this cherished event the first weekend of December for years. And it always brings out a great crowd of neighbors to ring in the beginning of the post-Thanksgiving holidays. GM worked the cashier table at this event for several years and appreciated the opportunity to catch up with people. And the Santa was top notch!

But the holidays will not go completely unobserved at the park this year. The park will be be decorated with lights and a mailbox to Santa will be set up by the playground.

Visitation Christmas Tree Sale

There’s something pretty cool about walking over a couple blocks, picking out a tree, and then having high school kids deliver it right to your front door. What service!

Tudor Place

Tudor Place always dresses to the nines for Christmas, and touring the historic house during their holiday fair was always a real treat. But you can still enjoy the holidays at Tudor Place this year! The first weekend in December they will be hosting an outdoor light display for small groups of people. Snap up your tickets today!

Georgetown GLOW

Speaking of lights, GM will also miss the annual Georgetown GLOW outdoor art installations. They add a little magic and mirth to dreary dark December nights.

GLOW will eventually get here, but it won’t be until the Spring. In its place, though, the BID is encouraging shops and streateries to participate in “Silver Linings”, where the proprietors decorate their windows or outdoor dining in the holiday spirit.

You might sense a bit of a theme here. Organizations around Georgetown are trying to make do with what little we can safely do around each other. We can’t have the holiday season we want, but let’s try to make the best of it. If that’s not the most fitting way to end 2020, GM’s not sure what would be.


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