Thanksgiving week can feel rushed – its a short work week ahead of what, for some, will be a four day weekend, there’s housecleaning, shopping and prep for Thanksgiving dinner and family and friends arriving. The pre-holiday excitement and stress starts this week and this year Thanksgiving comes on the heels of a contentious election which for many has been stressful, adding apprehension or anticipation for what is to come.
This is a good time to pause, take a deep breath, and be thankful for the amazing place we live. We are lucky to be in the Pacific Northwest, one of the most livable places in the country and a region that enjoys a robust economic and and employment environment, benefits from nationally recognized public schools, has a wealth of heritage and diversity and is surrounded by breathtaking lakes and mountains. Its a great place to call home.
The shopping frenzy and the traffic starts Friday but its also the start of Snowflake Lane, Bellevue Magic Season and the Botanical Garden’s Garden d’Lights, Eastside traditions that turn Bellevue into a holiday wonderland. This weekend is Small Business Saturday; don’t forget to visit Main Street and other area businesses and restaurants to support local merchants.
Forget shopping, traffic and turkey hangovers . . . GO HAWKS, HUSKIES & SOUNDERS. The Sounders play at home tonight in the Western Conference Finals, the Huskies travel to Pullman for the Apple Cup on Friday and the Seahawks are in Tampa Bay Sunday to play the Buccaneers.