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Dec 03, 2013

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Del Ray Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Luminaries,

& Visit with Santa Claus!

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Events are at the Del Ray Farmers Market

Corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and East Oxford Avenue

And along Mt. Vernon Avenue


·        Enjoy thousands of Luminaries along Mt. Vernon Avenue

·        Sing holiday carols at the Del Ray Farmer’s Market led by:

“The Rainbow Lady from Rainbow Rock aka Kate Moran”

·        Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate provided by Evening Star & Buzz Bakery

·        Sit on Santa’s lap and have a photo taken

·Come out and see if you can “Find the Spirits” in Del Ray.  Many businesses will be open late for shoppers & offering special holiday spirits/beverages

·  Stop by Del Ray Artisans Holiday Market to shop & enjoy festive food


And, in the true spirit of the holidays, we are asking our neighbors to help those most in  need. In partnership with Carpenter’s Homeless Shelter, we ask you to please bring and  drop in the boxes at the tree lighting any of the following items:

·        Food – canned goods (soup, vegetables, canned meat)

·        Disposable diapers

·        New Twin Sheets

·        Towels and wash cloths

·        Deodorant/Razors

 Volunteers are needed December 6 at 2 pm to distribute the luminaries along Mt. Vernon Avenue, 5 pm to light them and at 10 pm to extinguish & pick them up.   

To help, contact Gayle Reuter at delraydrba@yahoo.com

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Sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association

Dec 07, 2012

I was recently introduced to Alexandria mom, Melissa LaSalle after enjoying her Blog What to Read To Your Kids. I like reading her great book picks for kids and her wonderful writing style. Melissa was kind enough to agree to do a blog post for me today for great Christmas books you may want to consider adding to your bookshelf. Enjoy the post and be sure to visit Melissa’s blog!

My Favorite Christmas Stories, by Melissa LaSalle


Every year around this time, I’ll be mumbling to myself about how much I can’t wait to buy some newly published Christmas book (this year, it’s Alison Jay’s nostalgic Christmastime), and my husband will pipe in: “The last thing our kids need is more Christmas books! They only read them one month out of the year!” Fortunately, he’s only half serious, because even he can see the sheer joy on our children’s faces when we unpack the large box of Christmas books each year. (It also helps that the book he remembers most loving as a kid happens to be the scratch-and-sniff classic The Sweet Smell of Christmas.) For my children as much as for myself, re-discovering these books every year is like re-acquainting ourselves with old friends (welcome back, Santa Claus, The World’s Number One Toy Expert!). On several days last week, my kids actually forgot to request their 30 minutes of pre-dinner television, because they were buried under a mountain of Christmas hardcovers, my five year old preaching to his little sister, “This one is the greatest, you have to look at this one!” (referring, of course, to Merry Christmas, Curious George). For those of us who celebrate Christmas, these stories enrich the way we experience the season. Some offer just the encouragement our kids need to get in the spirit of giving (there’s no shortage of snuggling in our house when we read the irresistibly sweet Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas or Shall I Knit You a Hat?). Other stories explore what it means to be on the receiving end of a gift (what happens if Santa takes your request seriously and gets you that live penguin, like in the hilarious My Penguin Osbert?). Christmas stories give our children a working vocabulary for the unusual experiences and conversations they’re bound to have this time of year (Alison Jay narrates the magic of The Nutcracker without the scariness, while The Jolly Christmas Postman plays with children’s curiosity about how mail gets to Santa). Just yesterday, aboard our local Santa Train, I looked on as a child asked Santa how he gets himself up the chimney when he’s finished filling the stockings. Santa responded with a quote from Clement Moore’s famous poem: “and laying his finger aside of his nose, and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose”—to which my five year old, his eyes wide with astonishment, blurted out “that’s what it says in my book!” (I am a bit of a freak about collecting editions of The Night Before Christmas; my favorite is the classic paperback I had as a child, still in print with illustrations by Douglas Gorsline, although those from Will Moses, Gyo Fujikawa, and Bruce Whatley are close contenders.) Finally, Christmas books help our children to believe. Whether it’s listening to The Christmas Magic, where Santa feels the much-anticipated tingling in his whiskers on Christmas Eve, or The Polar Express, where the reindeer’s bell still endures the next morning, these are the moments that inspire awe in our little ones. These moments are more enduring than any gift-wrapped present under the tree. When our children grow up and read Christmas books aloud to their own children, they’ll be instantly transported back to the wonderment of their childhoods. So, here’s my Christmas wish to you: may you fill your attic with Christmas books that you can enjoy as a family for many Decembers to come!

Favorite Christmas Books Mentioned Above (with recommended ages):

Christmastime, by Alison Jay (Ages 2-7)

51HWBT2WY1L._SL500_AA300_The Sweet Smell of Christmas, by Patricia Scarry (Ages 1-6)

Santa Claus, The World’s Number One Toy Expert, by Marla Frazee (Ages 4-8)

Merry Christmas, Curious George, by H.A. Rey (Ages 2-5)

Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas, by Julia Rawlinson (Ages 3-6)

Shall I Knit You a Hat? by Kate Klise (Ages 3-7)

My Penguin Osbert, by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (Ages 4-8)

The Nutcracker, by Alison Jay (Ages 4-8)

51auIUNSWXL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_The Jolly Christmas Postman, by Allan Ahlberg (Ages 4-8)

The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrations by Douglas Gorsline (Ages 2-7)

The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrations by Will Moses (Ages 3-7)

The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrations by Gyo Fujikawa (Ages 2-5)

The Christmas Magic, by Lauren Thompson (Ages 4-8)

The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg (Ages 7-12)

Nov 27, 2012

We’re all wrapped up and stuffed from Thanksgiving and now it’s time to start looking forward to Christmas! This weekend marks an exciting start to the Christmas season with the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend. There are several events to enjoy with your family.

The first is the Deck the Halls with Santa!

This fun event for children is held on Friday Nov. 30th from 1-3 p.m. at the Masonic Temple. Kids will get to meet Santa and “Plaid the Dog.” The event features age appropriate crafts for children to help “Deck the Halls,” seasonal treats, and a raffle full of goodies, toys, and experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Note that crafts are ideally for ages 2-5 with little assistance required. The Masonic Temple does not permit strollers.

Tickets are $30 for adults; $15 for children 11 and under. You can purchase your tickets online.

Saturday, Dec. 1st beginning at 11 a.m. is the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade.

The parade features Scottish Clans, music, dancing and lots of dog groups. Line up early to get a good spot, because the parade attracts over 30,000 to Old Town to watch the 140+ groups march. The parade kicks off at 11 and will likely go until 1. Here’s the map of the parade route.

At the end of the parade there is a massed band concert where all the musicians from the parade gather in market square to perform. This is a truly amazing experience!

All of the events of the weekend are presented by The Campagna Center. The Center is responsible for providing educational and developmental services for children and families.

Nov 30, 2011

Santa arrives in Del Ray this coming Friday, Dec. 2nd. at the annual Del Ray Holiday Tree Lighting. The kids can visit with Santa, there will be thousands of Luminaries along the Avenue and special “Holiday Spirits” that will be offered by many of the retail businesses in Del Ray.  The Tree Lighting and visit with Santa will take place at 6 pm, at the lot at Mt. Vernon and E. Oxford Avenues. We will also sing holiday favorites led by our own Kate Moran Band and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies.  After Santa lights the tree he will hand out candy canes and a photographer will be available to take photos of your children with Santa which can be e-mailed to you.  Also look for a special appearance by the Del Ray Carolers.

Children’s Book Signing & Reading – The Christmas Pumpkin by Debbie Reece at The Christmas Attic
Friday, November 4

Children of all ages are invited to meet author Debbie Reece and the debut of her new book at the Christmas Attic titled The Christmas Pumpkin.

About the book:
James wants to show everyone what a green pumpkin can do for Christmas. Follow him while he dreams of ways to decorate his pumpkin for Christmas. Many people will laugh at this idea. Will he get a chance to turn his green pumpkin into something special before Christmas Eve? The story helps readers understand that if you believe in something, you can make it happen. It sweetly conveys the significance of some holiday traditions through the eyes of a child.

The event will include a reading, signing, and special green pumpkin coloring activity. Reading and coloring activity are free. Books available for sale.