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Five Things for Today: December 3, 2020

Enjoy the views — and a nice hike — at Sugarloaf Mountain


1. Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson, MD, just south Frederick, is a great place to go for a family hike.  You can start at the base and opt for a 7-mile loop or drive farther up the mountain for a shorter hike — there are a bunch of trails to hop on close to the parking area.  A couple of good ones are the white trail, which winds around and ascends gradually to the summit, and the orange trail that is a steeper, more direct climb up.  However you go, you’re guaranteed great views on the way and at the top.  Afterward, plan a stop at the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard or The Comus Inn, both just down the road. The latter is a family-friendly restaurant with a great outdoor dining area, plus shuffleboard, corn hole, and ping pong — all of it surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Get a glimpse of our recent outing to Sugarloaf and Comus in my IG highlights.


2. The National Christmas Tree Lighting is this evening.  It’s not a public event this year, but you can watch it online along with a lineup of holiday performances.  After that, you can visit the tree and Pathway of Peace at President’s Park on the Ellipse.   The tree will be lit from sundown until 10pm Sunday-Thursday, and until 11pm Friday and Saturday through New Year’s Day.


3.  Deck the Yards to ring in the holiday season!  The Yards community in the Capitol Riverfront is offering a box full of treats and fun for the whole family. The goodies include 4 pre-packaged cookies and hot cocoa to-go, a wreath making kit, a hand painted ornament, a letter to Santa package, and a $20 gift card to any restaurant at The Yards.  The estimated value of everything is close to $120 — and tickets for a box are just $50.  Pick up is this Saturday, December 5 — reserve a box and time to get it here.


4. The Washington Post’s guide to this year’s holiday movies. (FWIW, I couldn’t get through Holidate, but really enjoyed Happiest Season.)


5. This letter to poet Kate Baer from her 2nd grade teacher… 💜😭


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Five Things for Today: December 2, 2020

Plan to visit the Downtown Holiday Market this season


1. Weekdays are a good time to visit the Downtown Holiday Market, when it’s less crowded, especially these days when not so many folks are working in the Penn Quarter area. And I highly recommend going! Sasha and I went to stroll and browse yesterday evening, and it had such a nice holiday season spirit — get a glimpse in my IG stories.  This year’s retail lineup features more than 70 exhibitors including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses, plus six food vendors providing tasty treats and hot beverages.  It’s set up in the middle of F Street between 7th & 9th instead of along the sidewalk for more space.  And to ensure safety even more, temperatures are taken at the entrance, and exhibitors are offering contactless and convenient payment methods for purchases. Open daily through December 23, 12-8pm.   See what other local holiday markets are happening, both IRL and online, in the KFDC holiday guide.


2. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting is this evening at 5pm.  Technically, it’s not open to the public — it will be broadcast live on C-Span.org — but you could catch a view of it from across the street by the Reflecting Pool (be sure to social distance, of course).  The tree will be lit every evening for all to enjoy until January 1.


3. DC by Foot is offering its Georgetown History & Holiday Lights Tour starting this Friday, December 4, and advanced reservations are required.  They also offer several other family-friendly tours — read more about them here.


4.  Spotify’s most streamed songs of 2020.  Plus, more top charts like most streamed artists and top in the US.  And here is a playlist of Spotify’s most-streamed songs of all time, updated weekly (because this is the kind random thing I look up when I can’t sleep at night).


5. A new month has begun, so that means Darcy has a new list of 10 Happy Things for December!


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Five Things for Today: December 1, 2020



1. It’s Giving Tuesday!  If you want some ideas for where to donate, the GIVE page here on the blog has a long list of charities and causes, all of them shared by KFDC readers. (And if you have one you’d like to highlight, leave a comment on that page or this one, and I’ll add it.)


2. Volunteering is another way to give, and Martha’s Table has opportunities available.  Joyful Grocery Bagging, Food Order Support, Martha’s Outfitters Clothing Support are some of the ways to help out that kids ages 12 and up can do, too.  All shifts take place on weekdays, so consider signing up for one during the Winter Break from school.


3. A gift for younger children that lets them give back:  Little Loving Hands provides parents and caregivers with a fun way to teach kids about kindness in their world, their community, and their homes through subscription craft boxes.  Most of the crafts that are completed are sent back to Little Loving Hands in an included prepaid envelope to be donated to a charity. The boxes are specially designed for elementary-school kids, but fun for all ages!


4.  A long list of businesses offering discounts to first responders. And here is one for teachers (plus this biz I happened to see). Forward to all you know who qualify — so well deserved!


5. A heartwarming HONY story about giving a great surprise.




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Five Things for Today: November 30, 2020



1. If you’re looking for Chanukah events this year, there still are some happening both virtually and safely in person, including the annual National Menorah Lighting, a virtual carnival, an online story time,  and a Chanukah Drive-Thru Experience.  Tickets/registration are required for some — details/links are in the KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season in DC.


2.  It’s conveniently rainy on this Cyber Monday, which is perfect for hanging inside doing some online shopping.  You can even find deals on some of the items listed in the Holiday Gift Guide. (And, FYI, there are some new/extra options from suggestions I received and where items nearly sold out.)


3. I made a few recs for kids books in the gift guide, but the New York Times has a nice round-up of gift books for children that adults will love, worth checking out.


4. All of The Office Christmas episodes ranked.


5.  News that calls for some special emojis: This and this. 🙌 👏 💪



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