It’s hard to believe it, but the holiday season is right around the corner. First, Thanksgiving, where we gorge ourselves on food and football and then, my personal favorite, Christmas, where we gorge ourselves on people, presents, and, because it falls on a Sunday this year, more football. And finally, we say goodbye to 2016 and usher in a new year full of promise and a clean slate.
My family has plenty of holiday traditions, but we are always looking for more. I discovered one here in Portland at the illustrious Pittock Mansion.
From November 21st through December 31st, you can visit and explore the historical mansion in a whole new way. Decked out for the holidays, the Pittock Mansion, already exquisite and immaculate, is made even more so with the advent of Christmas. Poinsettias climb the marble stair case, deep green wreaths curl around the wrought iron staircases. Rooms, classically and tastefully filled to the brim with all of the symbols of the season, sacred and secular, and live music to boot. Symbols of the Season will even put the most Scroogey Bah Humbug in the Holiday Spirit.
Of course, the trek to the Mansion, especially in the winter, could be decidedly unfestive. The great overlook upon which the mansion is perched, the overlook which provides jaw dropping views of the Mountains surrounding the Willamette Valley as well as the great city below, is often wet or icy around the holidays, making a visit to the Symbols of the Season a tricky endeavor at times.
Have no fear! The mansion is providing a shuttle service from Sunset Transit Center… and offering $1 off admission in return. The shuttle service is not only a way to help keep traffic and pollution down, it’s also a way to safely ascend the hill and hang out with some of your fellow Christmas enthusiasts.
Of course, with forty something days to visit, I don’t know when I will be attending, but I do know I will be at some point. And, when I do, you will see me donned in my favorite Christmas sweater, sipping from a hot cocoa and oohing and ahhing at all of the decorations. I am like a child at Christmas. I wish I could be that childlike year round. But, no matter. Thanks to Pittock Mansion and all the other amazing places to go in and around Portland during the holiday season, all of my days will be merry and bright. And maybe, just maybe, my Christmas will be white.
For more information on this event, please visit http://pittockmansion.org/events/symbols-of-the-season/.