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The holiday struggle is real ❤️

When the holidays roll around, Evergrey storytelling producer Ana Sofia Knauf thinks of her dad...


Let’s get real — the holidays can be a complicated time of year. Because they so strongly emphasize the relationships in our lives, they can make some of us feel stressed, anxious, and isolated.

So tell us: What’s your holiday struggle? How do you combat feelings of stress or loneliness? What’s a bright spot you can offer to others who might need it?

There’s no struggle too big or too small – whether it’s the pressure of spending lots of money, political talk with family around the dinner table or not being able to be with those you love.

Drawing inspiration from PostSecret, we’re trying out a little experiment. We’re calling it The Holiday Struggle project, and we created a postcard to be your canvas. Here’s how to contribute.

Step 1: Upload this postcard to your digital tool of choice. (e.g. Photoshop, Word, Google docs, etc.) You can also print it out, cut along the perforated lines, and scan it onto your computer or upload a 5×7-inch document.

Step 2: Get creative with your design. You can offer your feelings, advice — whatever feels right.

Step 3: Scan or snap a photo of your postcard and e-mail it to [email protected] or upload it using the form at the bottom of this page by Dec. 20.

Prefer to remain anonymous? That’s cool. Just let us know when you send us your postcard.

We’ll share these back with you soon after. Our hope is you find a little bit of comfort and inspiration in each other’s stories.

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📽  Watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” in a gorgeous hotel (First Hill)
🌱  Plant your own succulent (Capitol Hill)
💃  Move to Cuban music (Central District)


🌟  Catch Star Wars Theme Night at the zoo (Phinney Ridge)
🎭  Trace the origins of improv (University District)


❄️  Take the kids to a multicultural winter fest (Queen Anne)
🕎  Learn to make latkes for Hanukkah (Downtown)


🤓  Make new friends in an ugly sweater (Queen Anne)
🎼  Hear the Amazon Symphony Orchestra for a cause (Downtown)
😚  Watch some caroling in drag (Capitol Hill)
🕯  See a giant Menorah lighting (Downtown)


🎶  Catch a soulful tribute show to Mary J. Blige (Central District)
🏙  Look back at the year in Seattle (Downtown)


🎨  Buy local art for under $100 (SoDo)
🛍  Pick up some gifts at this pop-up mercado (Beacon Hill)
😆  Dance it off with KEXP (Fremont)
🇺🇸  Bond over our shared civic purpose (Pioneer Square)
🍻  Meet singles who are new in town (Bellevue)


🌳  Ooh and aah at bonsai trees by candlelight (Federal Way)
⛄️  Check out some lovely ice sculptures (Queen Anne)

Going to one of these? Send us a pic! See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.

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We’ll see you tomorrow. — The Evergrey

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