Top Things to do in December

Company sponsored:

Third Annual Winter Clothing Drive

Please help us help those less fortunate stay warm this winter. In partnership with United Community Ministries, we are collecting new or gently used winter clothing, including coats, hats, mittens, and gloves, at every McEnearney Associates office. For locations and office hours, visit We thank you for your generosity and your caring support for others in need.


Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend Heather & Greens Sponsor
December 1-2, 2017 – Old Town Alexandria







Many communities in the DC metro area light their Christmas trees and Hanukkah Menorahs before Thanksgiving, but not all.





  • Washington National Cathedral
    Handel’s Messiah – December 1-3, 2017, various times
    Joy of Christmas – December 16-17, 2017, various times
    Go Tell it on the Mountain: A Gospel Christmas – December 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
    Christmas Lessons and Carols – December 23 & 24, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
    Christmas Day Organ Recital – December 25, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

  • MetroStage - Christmas at the Old Bull & Bush
    Through December 24, 2017 – Alexandria

  • Ford’s TheatreA Christmas Carol
    Through December 31, 2017

  • Warner Theater - The Nutcracker
    November 30-December 24, 2017

  • Kennedy Center
    The Second City’s: Twist Your Dickens – December 5-31, 2017
    National Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah – December 14-17, 2017

  • Lisnore AuditoriumThe Christmas Revels
    December 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17, 2017

  • Strathmore
    Children’s Chorus: Peace, Paz, Shalom – December 10, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
    The Hip Hop Nutcracker – December 12-13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
    The Washington Chorus: A Candlelight Christmas – December 15, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
    National Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah – December 16-17, 2017
    Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – December 22-23, 2017








Past article in December have included:


Selling During the Holidays

Inventory tends to drop off during the holiday season, which is all the more reason for you to get serious about putting your house on the market. What was once negative feedback - selling your home during the holidays - can actually be beneficial. When buyers start looking, they usually want to get into their new home at a time that avoids interfering with their busy lifestyle. Here are some great reasons why you should consider putting your home on the market during the holidays.

Less Inventory - Sometimes buyers are in a pinch, and need a house right now. There are always serious buyers out there and the lower the inventory the more your home will stand out. It is possible for you to get more action on your home during the holidays than when the market is flooded with homes in the spring.

Availability - Naturally, business will slow down for lenders, home inspectors, and appraisers during the holidays. This benefits you and the buyers, as these professionals will have more valuable time to get things in order for your settlement!

Holiday Beauty - Don't think that you can’t decorate for the holidays while your home is on the market. Deck the halls with all things jolly, and show off the beauty of your home. This is a great way to make potential buyers feel right at home.

Serious Buyers - When you think about selling, you want buyers who are serious, especially during the holidays. Chances are they might have a deadline, maybe a job transfer or the desire to close before the end of the year for tax purposes. Target these buyers – they are motivated!



‘Tis the Season to Practice Pet Safety

For pet lovers, the holidays wouldn’t be complete unless our furry friends took part in the season’s festivities. But while we celebrate, we still have to make sure we’re keeping them safe. What may seem safe to us, might actually be harmful to them so click here for some tips to follow that will keep them healthy and happy.

If hosting a holiday party is in your near future, be conscious of your fur baby’s needs. For example, make sure he or she has a quiet space to retreat to in case s/he feels shy or overwhelmed. Make sure the space has fresh water and a place to snuggle, so your kitty or pup can be comfortable and hide out until all the loud humans have cleared out. And if your New Year’s party includes confetti, fireworks or even poppers, keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines (this can mean surgery—no fun for anyone involved), while the noise that poppers produce can scare pets and/or damage sensitive ears.

With a Christmas tree, make sure it’s securely anchored so it doesn’t tip and fall—possibly onto your pet. This also prevents tree water, which could contain fertilizers that could upset your pet’s stomach, from dripping all over. You don’t need a sick and nauseous pet in the middle of a party. Ick. Holly and mistletoe can also cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Best bet? Stick with artificial plants, and keep tinsel and candles out of the picture as well. Too many hazards to list!

This is your furry bestie we’re talking about here, so of course, he or she will be getting treats during the holidays. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible. Watching your kitty play with a bit of ribbon or yarn is super cute, but again, if swallowed, you might wind up dealing with an expensive surgery bill when it gets stuck in your cat’s intestines. Try a new ball that's too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer.

Libations are also a natural part of the season for many, so it’s important to make sure that any alcoholic drink left unattended is out of reach for pets. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure. Definitely be sure to keep some human foods away from pets as well, especially chocolate or anything sweetened with xylitol. And while this knowledge isn’t as common, fatty, spicy food, as well as bones, should not be given to your furry babies. So keep food away, and secure the lids on garbage cans.