Irish Mike’s Christmas Guide to Seattle – 2013 Edition

Irish Mike’s Christmas Guide to Seattle – 2013 Edition

It’s the most wonderful time…of the year!

We now have the first official generation that associates the arrival of the Christmas season with the red cups at Starbucks, egg nog lattes, and cranberry bliss bars. Apparently this is the way we usher in the holidays…along with a marketing blitz of ads and deals that start pre-halloween!

There are a few Christmas events, some traditional and longstanding, and some happenings that can be the catalyst for you and your family to start something new, each December…while sipping from that red paper cup of course.

Irish Mike’s Quick Christmas Guide to Seattle

The downtown Seattle storefront display mantle has been officially, and in my opinion, magnificently,  passed on from the old Frederick and Nelson to Nordstrom. Go see the flagship store’s awesome Christmas display and consider braving the lines to have the kids see Santa there.

Not wanting to brave the cold and blustery rain (or maybe even snow)? Every Christmas seems to be the other time that Hollywood unloads on us. I personally am excited about Anchorman 2, The Hobbit: T he Desolation of Smaug, Saving Mr. Banks and maybe The Wolf of Wall Street (Leo DeCaprio is SOOOO underrated).

At home, the Smith’s movie tradition lineup consists of Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone 1 and 2, Muppets Christmas Carol, and a mixed bag of old Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Frosty, and maybe a National Lampoon for good measure.

Wanting to do a little holiday ice skating with your lover or maybe even the kids? Ditch the mainstay ice rinks North and South of here and go to the “pop up” rinks at the Winterfest Ice Rink at Seattle Center or in Bellevue at the Magic Season Ice Arena. When in Bellevue, make sure you catch Snowflake Lane cutting down Bellevue Way.

This season, I encourage you to spend time with your family, and maybe add something new, whether it turns into a tradition or not. Oh yeah…and cook a lot!

What are some of YOUR holiday traditions?

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