Create Your Tradition
What do the holidays look like to you? Whether you’re celebrating Kwanzaa, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah, the holiday season brings family and friends together, giving gifts of love.
What do the holidays look like to you? Whether you’re celebrating Kwanzaa, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah, the holiday season brings family and friends together, giving gifts of love. Some, like Kimberly Koenig, meet up with friends for a Secret Santa afternoon. Others, like Pam Stuller’s family, begin the holidays with a trolley ride.
Shop Downtown for Secret Santa
Many groups of friends, like Kimberly’s fellow parents, take an annual break and play Secret Santa. They meet in town for drinks and appetizers and exchange names before heading out to shop downtown Edmonds to find that perfect little something. Kimberly, who owns Rogue Boutique in town, said she started the event as a way to see friends who often are too busy with work and obligations to slow down and spend time together.
“I thought visiting stores in our own little town over the holiday would be a great way to do it,” she said. “It’s become an annual tradition.”
Visit the Christmas Ships
Some, like Alan Hardwick, make a tradition of visiting the Christmas Ships and hearing the choir perform. Others look forward to hearing the performance of the town’s own award-winning student jazz band. Julie Kuehn says the holidays wouldn’t be complete if they didn’t spend a day downtown with their family, taking the trolley, getting their picture taken with Santa, and shopping local.
Take the Free Trolley
As for Pam, owner of Walnut Street Coffee, her extended family - parents, sisters, husbands and all the kids - pick a Saturday in Edmonds to start their holiday celebration with a trolley ride. “We then disperse to find this year's tree ornament, do some shopping, stop for lunch, and finish with a cocktail,” she said.