Word of Mouth, a Washington, DC mixed all-vocal band, made an appearance as carolers as they did last year. They alternated with other performers, including Santa himself.
Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus were again a popular activity with a line winding through the first floor of The Christmas Attic. Every year the event benefits a different local charity. This year’s charity was The Reading Connection who is dedicated to improving the lives of at risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy rich environments and motivation for reading.
Stopping by for his photo with the Clauses was Clumsy Smurf, who was NOT allowed into the store. (Photo courtesy of The Christmas Attic.)
Nona and I couldn’t help but wander through the store to see what new ornaments we could find.
- Architectural Ceramics
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Bike & Roll
- Coco Blanca
- Encore Consignment Boutique
- Firehook Bakery & Coffeehouse
- Old Town Coffee Tea & Spice
- Potomac Riverboat Company
- The Christmas Attic
- The Lucky Knot
- The Torpedo Factory Art Center
- The Virginia Shop
- Union Street Public House
- Zoe Boutique
In the southern hemisphere, winter falls in July. Therefore in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in order to have Christmas with a winter feel Christmas in July events are undertaken. The earliest known occasion to make the phrase Christmas in July literal was in July 1933 at Camp Keystone, a girl’s summer camp in North Carolina, which celebrated with a Christmas tree, gifts, and a visit by Santa Claus.