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 McEnearney.com. 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
EVENTS IN D-M-V
TREE AND MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONIES
Many communities in the DC metro area light their Christmas trees and Hanukkah Menorahs before Thanksgiving, but not all.
Middleburg Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – Pink Box Garden
Santa Lights Manassas
December 1, 2017, 5:15 p.m. – Manassas Museum
Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting
December 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – Town Green
Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 6, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – West Front Lawn
National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony
December 12, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – The Ellipse Grounds
HOLIDAY PARADES AND FESTIVALS
Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend
December 2, 2017, Parade at 11:00 a.m. – Old Town Alexandria
18th Annual Boat Parade of Lights at 5:30 p.m. – Alexandria Waterfront
Greater Manassas 72nd Annual Christmas Parade
December 2, 2017, 10 a.m. – Old Town Manassas
Bethesda’s Winder Wonderland
December 2, 2017, 1:00-4:00 p.m. – Veterans Park
Middleburg Christmas Parade
December 2, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – Historic Middleburg
City of Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols
December 2, 2017, 2:00-7:00 p.m. with Tree Lighting at 6:00 p.m. – Old Town Square
Smithsonian Holiday Festival
December 2-3, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – National Museum of American History
Leesburg Annual Christmas and Holiday Parade
December 9, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – Historic Leesburg
HOLIDAY MUSIC, BALLET AND THEATER
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 Theatre – A Christmas Carol
Through December 31, 2017
Warner Theater - The Nutcracker
November 30-December 24, 2017
The Second City’s: Twist Your Dickens – December 5-31, 2017
National Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah – December 14-17, 2017
Lisnore Auditorium – The Christmas Revels
December 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17, 2017
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
Mount Vernon by Candlelight
December 1-2, 8-9 and 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Frederick Candlelight House Tour
December 2, 2017, 5:00-9:00 p.m. & December 3, 2017, Noon-4:00 p.m.
Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens in Georgetown
December 5, 6, 12 and 14, 2017 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours
Gadsby’s Tavern, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, and Lloyd House
December 9, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Sully Historic Site in Chantilly
Christmas with the Lees – December 9, 2017
Victorian Candlelight Tour – December 17, 2017
Through January 1, 2018 – The National Zoo
Festival of Lights at the Mormon Temple
November 30-December 31, 2017 – Kensington, MD
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens
Through January 1, 2018 – Wheaton, MD
Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park
Through December 31, 2017 – Gaithersburg, MD
Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
Through January 7, 2018 – Vienna, VA
Bull Run Festival of Lights
Through January 7, 2018 – Centreville, VA
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.