Lately I’ve had a rather excessive sense of nostalgia. It could be kids heading into young adulthood, trying to cope with the incredibly early pitch black or news or social media or news about social media, but whatever, I really crave what feels cozy. Whether it’s familiarity or simplicity, enough fleece to keep feeling my fingers, or trying to (sort of) keep Christmas out of Thanksgiving while still feeling festive, I’m mostly into the elements of Hallmark/Lifetime movies right now.
Events with adorable names – see yjr Lynnwood Convention Center’s Jingle Bell Breakfast – little kids skating, a walk to check out wreaths made by artists, or just talking about the “beautiful” weather while wearing so many layers, just hits the spot.
Wreath Walk Edmonds 2022 debuted on November 17th at the Edmonds Art Walk. Now in its third year, Wreath Walk Edmonds is a “tradition of hanging original, artist-designed and decorated wreaths in select downtown Edmonds storefronts during the holiday season.” A map is available to locate each of the wreaths that are for prizes and auctions. In keeping with the idea of fun and cheap activities, I love the idea of taking the kids around to find their favorite wreath while they enjoy a local treat and pretend you’re in a movie where one of the main characters happens to be Santa Claus offspring. The wreaths will stand until December 15, when they will go home with their new owners. You can find more information, preview the wreaths and get your card at ArtWalkEdmonds.com.
Then there’s Santa’s mailbox at the Log Cabin Visitor Center in downtown Edmonds. As explained on EdmondsHolidays.com, “In this town, letters to Santa are answered with a personal reply.” Letters to Santa dropped into Santa’s mailbox, located at 120 5th Ave. N. in Edmonds, will receive a response from “the guy in red” by December 16th. For more information on this and other holiday events — including the family favorite Holiday Tree Lighting Nov. 26 — visit EdmondsHolidays.com.
Named after a movie where the leading man wears a down vest and lots of plaid, the Jingle Bell Breakfast and Craft Fair will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees need tickets ($5 for adults and $2.50 for children – plus fees) to enjoy the festive breakfast and other holiday treats, live music, children’s crafts, vendors and a chance to meet Santa. The event is free from noon – and you can still make crafts, visit the vendors and see Santa.
This event will also feature live music. The Midnights, an acapella group from Kamiak High School, and the Mountlake Terrace Jazz Combo will both perform. For more information, visit ILoveLynnwood.com.
Winter junior hockey begins Dec. 3 for the Seattle Junior Hockey Association (SJHA). All interested children aged 4-plus can register to participate. SJHA invites you to “make new friends, make new memories” as players learn to skate and eventually hold a hockey stick. My oldest started hockey at 4 and while I could certainly give you a list of the cons of hockey, I can also go on and on about how great it has been for all four of us. My oldest has made friends with his teammates, my youngest with the rink rats waiting for their siblings to finish practice, and the adults have made friends too. Admittedly, the cold is now in the pro column, but it’s always dry. This week we watched a lacrosse game in 37 degrees next to a lake where the bags for our chairs were covered in frost when we finished and the parents cheered when the game went off.
SJHA also offers Late Start Hockey for those aged 10-plus. I love that they offer this option as it’s a great way to start with confidence. For more information and to register, visit SJHA.com/newtohockey
Move 60! — The Edmonds School District’s before and after school program, where kids in grades 2 through 6 participate in fun activities on campus, opens registration for its winter session on Monday, Nov. 21. Although this activity does not necessarily fit into the winter period scene of a movie full of plaid and too much talk about cocoa, I have nostalgic feelings about Move 60!. My youngest got a lot of Move 60! charms for running laps at school and I love seeing the necklace that still pops up every now and then. This program is great for students who need to get their wiggles out after school or want activity but don’t love sports. One of my kids did a school play and shared some space with the Move 60! and I found it hard to look away from all the highlights of a good field day, especially the hula hoops. You can find registration packets, details for your school’s program and more at Edmonds.Wednet.edu.
– By Jennifer Marx
Jen Marx, an Edmonds mom of two boys, is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that will tire them out enough to go to bed on time.