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THANKS FOR OPENING UP 💌

Two weeks ago, we asked you to share your holiday struggles with us — whether it was feeling isolated during the so-called jolliest time of year, dreading political talk around the family table, or being separated from your loved ones. You all delivered and we’re sharing back the honest and thoughtful stories you told us in our Holiday Struggles postcard gallery.

Don’t miss your community’s stories about rocky relationships, how we bridge geographical divides, the importance of body positivity, great hand-drawn illustrations, and some thoughts from two of your elected officials.

We want to send a HUGE, heartfelt thank you to everyone who decided to be open about their struggles this time of year. Being open about the difficulties in our lives with our communities can only make us stronger.

It’s no easy task — but it’s worth it.


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NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON OVER THE HOLIDAYS ☃️

We’re gonna take off for a week and see you all again in 2018! Need ideas on how to make the most of the break? Here you go:

See the lights. Here are 14 great spots from The Stranger, Seattle nanny Laura Scoccolo’s go-to’s for kiddos, and more recs from ParentMap. “Caught this gem on the way home from music lessons,” reader Shemaiah Gonzalez shared with this pic. “My boys were so impressed.”

Dazzle the kids. Bundle them up to greet the Christmas Ships. Hoist them on your shoulders at Snowflake Lane. Transport them to Harry Potter’s world at Ballard’s Diagon Alley. Drive them to the snow for skating, showshoeing, and sledding. Visit the zoo’s WildLights. Or take them to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker” — the first to feature a black Clara.

Eat something good. Check the holiday foodie roundups from Eater Seattle, The Stranger and Seattle Met. Get holiday reservations on OpenTable (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, NYE). Or pair some beers with that Chinese takeout.

Have a wild New Year’s Eve. Party it up at the Pacific Science Center’s SPECTRA, MoPOP’s Indulgence, Benaroya Hall’s Great Balls of Fire, or Jet City Improv’s annual extravaganza.

Wind down with books and music. The Seattle Public Library’s got an amazing collection of free music by local artists. And there are lots of great Northwest books to read. Phinney Books owner Tom Nissley rounds up eight top picks here, and reader Paul Constant of the Seattle Review of Books told us you should check out the comic Wombgenda by Tatiana Gill, the poems of EJ Koh, and Sherman Alexie’s awesome new memoir.

Do something daring. Run into cold, cold water with a bunch of your neighbors at the New Year’s Day polar bear plunges in Matthews Beach and West Seattle. Go on. We dare you. ❄️

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HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP 📅

TONIGHT

🌟  Catch the Ursid meteor shower (Up in the sky)
🎭  Celebrate the holidays with drag (Downtown)
😚  Shop and sing at Black & Tan Hall (Hillman City)
🎸  Catch a KEXP benefit show with elves (Capitol Hill)

TOMORROW

👀  Go on an owl prowl (Seward Park)
🎭  Watch Uncle Mike ruin Christmas (University District)

SUNDAY

🛍  Procrastinate at “the absolutely last” holiday market (Fremont)
🎶  Listen to harp music at the conservatory (Capitol Hill)
☺️  Enjoy all the holidays! (❤️)

GOING TO ONE OF THESE?

Send us a pic! See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.

HAVE FUN OUT THERE! 🎅

(📸 : Diane K. Fetzner)

Have we told you lately how much we love that you’re here, checking in on your city and each other? And that we live in a brilliant, wild part of the world that has plenty to work through, but never ceases to amaze us?

Enjoy the break, all. We’ll miss you, and we’ll see you back in your inbox on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

‘Til 2018. — The Evergrey


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