A Georgetown Christmas: Making Memories

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    For Breakfast With Santa at Volta Park, these were crafts for the kids - along with doughnuts, cookies, coffee and more for the parents, too. (Photo by: James Brantley)

    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.


    “My kids used to love to walk around Georgetown at night, looking in through the street-front windows at the Christmas trees, greens and decorations. The streetside houses are so charming in themselves — not hidden by large front lawns — that standing outside in the cold air and looking in at the warm holiday decorations, it’s very Christmasy.” Connie Zimmer

    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.

    Santa on motorcycle arrives at Volta Park to meet the children Dec. 4 (Photo by: James Brantley)
    Santa on motorcycle arrives at Volta Park to meet the children Dec. 4 (Photo by: James Brantley)

    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.

    The Darth family selects a tree (Photo by: Peggy Sands)
    The Darth family selects a tree (Photo by: Peggy Sands)

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