Plus a holiday gift drive, and more Shop Small promotions.
December 3, 2020
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It's Polite to Stare  

Despite what society has generally taught us, peering through windows is actually encouraged. Back and bigger than ever, the Georgetown Holiday Window & Streatery Competition will run December 4- 31. This year’s theme is Silver Linings, as businesses find festive, playful and creative ways to express the hope and positivity they’ve found in the midst of a challenging year. Participating windows and streateries will be decorated throughout December, when you can vote in-person via QR code or online through Facebook for your favorite display. Cash prizes will be awarded, plus a Best in Show prize awarded by a panel of judges. Vote and you'll have the chance to win $100, too! A competition map and voting will go live Friday afternoon; visit our Holidays in Georgetown homepage starting tomorrow to see the participants and cast your vote. And while you're strolling past the 25+ participating windows and streateries, don't forget about our extended Small Business Saturday promotions, running through Dec. 12. Visit our Small Business Saturday page for the full list of merchants and their offerings.

Let's Break the 4th Wall for a Little Storytime 

One year, my Dad gave my Mom a book of Jell-O recipes for Christmas. My Mom hates Jell-O. I love my Dad - but this was not a great look. It's hard to shop for someone else - your wife of 36 years included - so this year we're doing the heavy lifting with seven new holiday gift guides. Curated with some of Georgetown’s most unique finds, these guides check off all the categories - from eating and drinking, to local products, and activities and virtual experiences. There are Moscow Mule and Martini gift boxes, Escape Room discounts, sleeping masks, Carrot Habanero Pepper Sauce, gourmet tea sets, and just about everything else that is not a Jello-O cookbook. Check out all of our guides here.

Straight Out of a Normal Rockwell Painting

Now feels like a great time to reconsider the tradition of a sitting on a stranger's lap. Join Dumbarton House for a Virtual (aka COVID-safe!) Tea with Santa on December 6 and December 12. Gather your hot cocoa and cookies and meet the jolly man in red on Zoom for storytime, games, and fun! Santa will send a personalized activity packet, including a signed photo, to each kid who joins. Thirty-minute time slots are available both days from 11 am - 1 pm, and each slot will be limited to 10 tickets to ensure everyone gets to talk with Santa. Tickets cover one household joining from one device. Click here to register; slots are already selling out.

Hold My Juice 

If your body composition is roughly 60% water, 40% gravy, some punching might help. Mark your calendar (if such a thing exists anymore) for South Block’s Holiday BASH with MotivatedByBrett & Athleta, December 5 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. This virtual wellness event will feature a live BASH boxing workout, followed by an inspiring message from MotivatedByBrett’s Brett Eaton on gratitude, staying healthy during the holidays, and the win/win of giving back. All proceeds will go to Fruitful Planet, a nonprofit organization providing healthy fruits and vegetables to undeserved children and families throughout the region. All participants will receive a discount for both South Block and Athleta, Georgetown. Click here to RSVP.

The Meaning of the Season  

This has been a challenging year for just about everyone, and as we get into holiday season mode, Rosewood Washington, DC is focusing its attention on families who are struggling the most. The hotel is hosting a special holiday drive to benefit the homeless community in Georgetown, and are inviting you to join them as they collect essential items to share with those in need. Now through December 15, Rosewood is requesting new or gently used blankets, new pairs of socks, new or gently used gloves, scarfs and hats, bath and personal hygiene products, new or gently used toys and children’s books, and non-perishable food that can be opened easily & consumed without heating - all of which will be used for care packages, and can be dropped off at the hotel (1050 31st St NW).

Speaking of good causes, Bea O' Connor and her team at Pinstripes Georgetown are also doing their part by providing 500 holiday meals to the homeless, and are in need of volunteers. Meals will be individually boxed, along with a blanket in a bag, and passed out at the main circles throughout DC via a tour bus with a newly updated HVAC air system. All volunteers will meet at Pinstripes Georgetown (1064 Wisconsin Ave NW) December 24 at 10 am, and will be socially distanced on the bus, and required to wear a mask at all times. If interested in volunteering, please email, call or text Bea at or 202-802-1776.     

Even the Animals Are Distancing 

We're nine months in. Someone - anyone - needs to take the children. Bright Horizons at Georgetown (1010 Wisconsin Ave NW) is open and enrolling, with early education and preschool programs for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Use promo code REG2020 to register by December 31 and save $150. The center has enhanced health and safety protocols in place that align with CDC recommendations, as well as state and local requirements. Additionally, they consult with experts and monitor updated guidance to ensure their protocols evolve and that children, families, and teachers are protected. Contact them at 202-333-4931 or to learn more about their programs and to schedule a virtual visit. If your circumstances change after you enroll, you can cancel risk-free. 

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