Buying a Christmas tree is a family event that marks the beginning of Christmas for many Georgetowners. Ethan and Lindsey Drath’s three children had a big say in selecting their large tree, which they’ll enjoy all month. The day of Christmas Eve is especially busy for the Draths, who traditionally deliver many of the last-minute purchases of their long-time customers personally. “We know on many days small piles of green ribbon from our gift wrap will lie under many Christmas trees of Georgetown,” Lindsey laughed.
A dozen concertgoers last Saturday named the “Celtic Christmas Concert” at Dumbarton Church as one of their traditional must-do holiday events. Several from Alexandria and College Park said they had been coming for more than a decade to hear the vibrant yet poignant harp, wooden flute and various string instruments. The highlight for many is the reading of the Dylan Thomas story “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” accompanied by the music.
Christmas parties in Volta Park and Rose Park on the first two weekends of December increasingly are part of local family traditions, according to several bundled-up parents last Saturday at Volta Park. “Every year we organize new activities,” said Mimsy Lindner. This year: painting and running in and out of a white cardboard snow house, pasting gold and silver glitter on pinecones and T-shirts, stuffing young mouths with doughnut holes, testing the latest toy cars and excitedly sitting on Santa’s lap for a family photo, often with the family dog.