Onyx: The Gem of Edina
The nationâ€™s holiday tree was briefly glossed over in the news the other day, and this got us thinking more and more about a tradition we hadnâ€™t much considered before. Â Whether itâ€™s the politics, the twinkling lights, or the symbolic unification thatâ€™s inherent in this yearâ€™s event, weâ€™re looking forward to the National Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 1st and to the performances and merriment of the celebration.
Itâ€™s been 94 years since our country’s first tree, and the tradition has endured both highs and lows. From war-torn years where the tree went unlit, to more robust ones of economic expansion, the tradition is perpetually evolving. From its accidental beginning during the Coolidge presidency to its Pathway of Peace addition, the tree and its surrounding activities have become staples of the season, and it draws thousands upon thousands of worldwide guests each year. No need to pack your bags, though. You can brush up on your tree trivia from the comfort of home and tune in at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 1st for a range of performances that are sure to kick the season into gear.
With the page turned and December staring back from our calendars, the squeeze is on. Rather than stress, consider a more relaxed approach to the holidays by ensuring balance through and through. You might start with some light holiday shopping at the St. Paul European Christmas Market,Â where Germanyâ€™s Christkindlmarkts meets Minnesota and where youâ€™ll discover a range of handmade goods, European flavors, hands-on demos, performances, and more. The celebration runs through this and next weekend, so get out and get going while the goods are fresh and local.
Month-long, youâ€™re invited back to enjoy Holidazzle in Loring Park, though weâ€™re particularly drawn to this weekendâ€™s 1-2 punch of holiday movie knockouts. You can grab a warm beverage, pick up a savory snack, and settle in with good company for Thursday nightâ€™s showing of Home Alone or Sundayâ€™s A Christmas Story. Thereâ€™s nothing quite like a holiday classic (or two) to strike a seasonal note, so grab your fleece, family, and friends, and head out for a show
Find warmth in good company and good times, Onyx!
Enticed by Edina
Area Events & Happenings
Closer to home, take note that Galleria will be offering complimentary valet through December, so donâ€™t let the cold or impending snow hold you back. Should you opt for a more philanthropic start to the season, you can support both man and manâ€™s best friend, or you could show support for law enforcement while enjoying a performance thatâ€™s sure to include a holiday classic or two.
- Light up the Night Gala -4:00-9:00 PM, Friday, December 2 at U.S. Bank Stadium
- Retrieve A Golden Of Minnesota: Annual Holiday Sale â€“ 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Saturday, December 3 in Minnetonka
- Minneapolis Police Band â€“ 7:00 PM, Sunday, December 4 at Edinborough Park
- Brunch with Santa â€“ 9:30 AM-3:00 PM, Sunday, December 4 at Pinstripes Edina
The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each othersâ€™ burdens, easing othersâ€™ loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.
– W. C. Jones
Author: Christopher Hoskins