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Christmas, by the numbers

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Christmas is an enormously popular holiday and the numbers back it up!

  • 85% of American consumers stated they would be celebrating Christmas in a November 2020 survey. 
  • Americans are shopping more online. 63% said they would do their Christmas shopping online last year.
  • In 2021, 43% of Americans started Christmas shopping in October or earlier!
  • In 2021, Americans anticipate spending an average of $21 on Christmas cards and postage.
  • 51% of respondents said they were having turkey for Christmas dinner. 
  • 28% of resopndents said when they get a present they don’t like, they keep it and pretend to like it. 
  • Only 18% of respondents said they planned to go to church on Christmas Day. 
  • 60% of respondents say they watch at least one Christmas movie with their family during the season.
  • The highest earning Christmas movie at the box office was Home Alone, which I have never seen (the charm of that brand of comedy completely escapes me, sorry). It grossed $285.76 million dollars.
  • The most popular Christmas movies among Americans are It’s A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story. 

 

 

Craft Class Video: Northern Lights Painting

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Here is a Michael’s crafts video class that will walk you through, step by step, how to create a winter scene painting. If you try this, let me know how it goes in the comments!

If you don’t have these materials, you can order them online from Michael’s. The supplies you need are

  • Arches 8×10 Cold Pressed Block or Watercolor Pad OR Winsor & Newton 7×10 Professional
  • Watercolor Block
  • Masking Tape
  • Derwent Inktense Blocks (72 or 36 set)
  • Derwent Inktense Paint Pan Travel Set
  • Derwent Waterbrush 3 Tip Set OR Variety of watercolor brushes include thin pointed tip, medium round, and flat
  • Liquitex® Professional Acrylic Gouache Paint, 2oz. OR any acrylic white paint
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Cup of water and towel

Register for free New Year’s Resolutions Workshop

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It’s almost time! Today and tomorrow are the final days to register for my free BEST LIFE New Year’s Resolution Workshop. The workshop is open to adults and takes place on Sunday, December 29 from 1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the Reston Public Library in Reston, Virginia. Free parking onsite.

The workshop includes

  • An introductory ice breaker about New Year’s resolutions to help us get to know each other.
  • A group discussion about New Year’s resolutions and how to make them stick.
  • Time and space to work on a take-home workbook designed to help you get in touch with your dreams and set goals that are personally meaningful for you.
  • A Vision Board station featuring crafts supplies, poster board, images of affirmations and quotes, special papers, stickers, markers and more.
  • A New Year’s selfie station with fun New Year’s Eve and resolutions props.
  • A group circle of positive affirmations for the New Year.
  • A closing meditation about positivity in the New Year.

Feel free to bring your own photos or inspirational cut-outs for your New Year’s collage or vision board! Please register by 5 p.m. on Friday so I can make enough materials for everyone at the workshop. See you then!

Crafts, hikes and more events coming up this weekend

Doesn’t it sound like a fun weekend? And fun gets started tonight! Events are free, unless otherwise indicated. Enjoy!

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Thursday, November 14

  • NGA Nights: Theme: 90s Throwback. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC
  • Holiday Wreath Making (18 and up). 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Reston Community Center. $45

Saturday, November 16.

  • Make Break DIY Christmas Wreath (adults). 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Michael’s Pan Am Shopping Center, Fairfax. Call store for availability. Cost of supplies.
  • Cooking Your Thanksgiving Turkey. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Oakton Public Library, Oakton.
  • Night Hike and S’mores Campfire. 7 p.m. –  8 p.m. Lake Fairfax, Reston. $7

Sunday, November 17

  • Paint Christmas Ornaments (family program). 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Tysons-Pimmit Public Library.
  • A Bountiful Harvest program. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Sully Historic Site, Chantilly.
  • Burke Lake Sunset Cruise. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Burke Lake Park. $7.

An upcoming weekend of November fun

Make a memory, make a mini tree or make a recipe! There are lots of options for this weekend in Northern Virginia and DC. Events are free, unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, November 8

Saturday, November 9

  • Make Break DIY Mini Christmas Tree decorations (adults). 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Michael’s Pan Am Shopping Center, Fairfax. Call store for availability. Cost of supplies.
  • Thanksgiving Recipes with Chef Cal. 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Chantilly Regional Library, Chantilly.
  • Fall Foliage Tour Boat Ride. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Burke Lake Park. $8

Sunday, November 10

  • Fall Foliage Tour Boat Ride. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Burke Lake Park. $8

Happy November! Fun things to do this weekend

What appeals to you? A boat ride to see beautiful fall foliage around the lake? Exploring vegan Thanksgiving options? Attending a Day of the Dad celebration? This weekend has all that, and more. Events are free, unless otherwise indicated.

Saturday, November 2

  • Day of the Dead Celebration. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.
  • Day of the Dead Celebration. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mexican Cultural Institute. Washington, DC
  • Plant-based Thanksgiving Meal Ideas. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Tysons-Pimmit Public Library.
  • Make Break DIY Ornament (adults). 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Michael’s Pan Am Shopping Center, Fairfax. Call store for availability. Cost of supplies.
  • Fall Foliage Tour Boat Ride. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Burke Lake Park. $8
  • Dia de los Muertos celebration. 5 p.m – 8 p.m. National Portrait Gallery. Washington, DC.

Sunday, November 3

  • Fall Foliage Tour Boat Ride. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Burke Lake Park. $8

Make advance plans with the event listing for the full month of November 2019.

Christmas Crafts Classes Calendar

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Do you love to make crafts? Here’s a handy list of upcoming Christmas crafts classes for your reference. Scroll down to print or share. Classes are free, unless otherwise indicated. Enjoy!

Saturday, Nov 2

Make Break DIY Ornament (adults). 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Michael’s Pan Am Shopping Center, Fairfax. Call store for availability. Cost of supplies.

Saturday, Nov 9

Make Break DIY Mini Christmas Tree decorations (adults). 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Michael’s Pan Am Shopping Center, Fairfax. Call store for availability. Cost of supplies.

Thursday, Nov 14

Holiday Wreath Making (18 and up). 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Reston Community Center. $45

Saturday, Nov 16

Make Break DIY Christmas Wreath (adults). 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Michael’s Pan Am Shopping Center, Fairfax. Call store for availability. Cost of supplies.

Sunday, Nov 17

Paint Christmas Ornaments (family program). 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Tysons-Pimmit Public Library.

Friday, Dec 6

Make an Ornament (craft activity for Adults). 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Reston Public Library.

Saturday, Dec 7

Make Break DIY Gingerbread House (adults). 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Michael’s Pan Am Shopping Center, Fairfax. Call store for availability. Cost of supplies.

Monday, Dec 9

Jewelry Making. 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Reston Regional Library. Reston. Free but register in advance.

Saturday, Dec 14

Make Break DIY Christmas T-Shirt (adults). 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Michael’s Pan Am Shopping Center, Fairfax. Call store for availability. Cost of supplies.

Monday, Dec 16

Painting Poinsettias craft activity. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Thomas Jefferson Library. Falls Church. Free but register in advance.