Let’s face it, it can be hard getting excited for the holiday season when we start seeing signs of it in August. We all want to make this time of year special, but we can drive ourselves crazy and exhausted trying to do so. If only we could find a way to relax and enjoy the simple things that make the holidays fun and meaningful. Sure, it’s supposed to be a time of giving, but maybe that’s where all the pressure comes from. This year, instead of putting so much effort into the usual obligations and the ephemeral desires of others, why not spend a bit more time on the simple things that brighten your season?
So what’s on your wish list this year? For many Woodinville residents, it’s something as simple and inexpensive as:
• A retail moratorium on the playing of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime”
• An extreme scarcity of candied fruits due to global warming
• Christmas cards with absolutely no mention of what the family did over the past year
• A holiday-themed sweater so ugly it elicits tears of both joy and sorrow
• Cancellation of your annual office Xmas party due to an outbreak of spiced cheese log poisoning
If your holidays are unlikely to bestow any of these thoughtful gifts, there’s one thing you can absolutely count on to bring you heaps of comfort and joy: Saint Nick’s Holiday Wine Weekend. You’ve heard of “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” Well this is “The Three Days of Tasting.” It all begins Friday, December 4th with over 30 Washington wineries sharing their finest vintages and hors d’oeuvres at one of the Northwest’s premier holiday destinations: Molbak’s garden+home—so lit up with lights and ornaments that you can see it from space. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, there’ll be three ghosts visiting you when the clock strikes one.
On Saturday and Sunday, the holiday festivities continue with Saint Nick’s Holiday Open House, a delicious weekend of merrymaking where you can visit participating wineries throughout all of Woodinville Wine Country. You’ll meet the winemakers, taste their finest selections of the season, learn about upcoming releases, and soak up the spirit and flavors of this special time of year.
You could wish for a lot of things this season, but why wish? Give yourself the gift of Saint Nick’s Holiday Wine Weekend, and make it truly a holiday to remember.