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This Week’s Buzz: December 5th – December 11th

Our Hearts Grew Three Sizes That Day 

Here we are in December, the last few weeks of 2016. All that lies between now and the start of a brand new fresh year is a whole lot of wrapping, shopping, errands, baking, cooking, entertaining and cleaning. And also laughing and joy and the bittersweet tears that many of us have at the holidays, nostalgic for all that we’ve lost and at the same time so grateful for all that we have.
I spent Friday at the mall with my Parenting Big Sis, the friend whose kids are enough older than mine that she’s been there, done that and is always available to lend a hand with whatever parenting hurdle I’m trying to clear. She went with me to register at Babies R Us, and helped me pick a daycare and a preschool and an elementary school and outfits for communions and gifts for holidays. We meandered through the mall and at the same time we saw Gymboree, sighed aloud (ohhhh….) , and kept on walking. No more Gymboree for us. That’s the nostalgia – where you know that the cute matching holiday outfits are nearly – or all the way – behind you. Grateful for what you have is more poignant than ever this year for us – me having lost two grandparents this year, her having lost a brother-in-law and struggling with an ill parent.

Add to that the political depression that just won’t quit and the endless news cycles of he said/she said/they said/we said and – try as we may have to corral a different outcome – there you have what drives you to drink at the California Pizza Kitchen at the mall on a Friday in early December.

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Monday, December 5th

  • 9:30am & 12pm Click, Clack, Moo by TheatreWorks USA at The Playhouse on Rodney Square
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  • 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm Organ Sing Alongs at Longwood Gardens
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Tuesday, December 6th

  • 9:30am – Green By Nature Preschool: Winter Forest at Ashland Nature Center, Registration
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Wednesday, December 7th

  • 6-8pm Children’s Christmas Party at the Brandywine River Museum, Reservations
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Thursday, December 8th

Friday, December 9th

Saturday, December 10th

  • 8:30-10am Breakfast with the Trains at the Brandywine River Museum, Reservations
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  • 9-10am Breakfast with Santa at the Brandywine Zoo, Pre-registration required
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  • 10:30-11:30am Glory of Stories Saturdays and HOLIDAY FAMILY FESTIVITIES until 3pm at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 10:30am or 11:15am Milk and Cookies with Santa at the Brandywine Zoo, Pre-registration
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  • 10am-4pm Bellevue Hall’s Old Fashioned Christmas at Bellevue State Park
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  • 11am-3pm Christmas at Millburn Orchards, Free photo with Santa
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  • 12pm & 4pm Brandywine Ballet’s The Nutcracker in West Chester, PA
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  • 12-4pm Visit Santa and His Pony at Carousel Park
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  • 12:30pm & 2:30pm Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • 1-4pm SCIENCE SATURDAY: TUNE INTO SCIENCE at Hagley Museum
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  • 2pm – Willy Wonka at the Delaware Childrens Theatre
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  • Santa’s Express on the West Chester Railroad
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Sunday, December 11th

  • 8-10am – Christmas Tree Train on the West Chester Railroad
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  • 9-10am Breakfast with Santa at the Brandywine Zoo, Pre-registration required
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  • 10am-4pm Bellevue Hall’s Old Fashioned Christmas at Bellevue State Park
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  • 10:30am-3pm HOLIDAY FAMILY FESTIVITIES until 3pm at the Delaware Art Museum
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  • 11am-3pm Christmas at Millburn Orchards, Free photo with Santa
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  • 12-4pm An Old-Fashioned Holiday at the Marshall Steam Museum
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  • 12:30pm & 2:30pm Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
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  • 2pm – Willy Wonka at the Delaware Childrens Theatre
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  • 2pm Brandywine Ballet’s The Nutcracker in West Chester, PA
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  • 2-4pm Winter Hike And Warming Snack at Coverdale Farm Preserve
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  • 3pm Newark Symphony Orchestra Performance at The Independence School
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Save the Date
  • December 13th – A Christmas Carol in the Copeland Hall @ The Grand
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  • December 15th, 17th, & 18th- Brandywine Ballet’s The Nutcracker in West Chester, PA
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  • December 16-18 The Nutcracker by the Delaware Dance Company at University of Delaware in Newark
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  • December 17 & 18 – Christmas at Millburn Orchards, Free photo with Santa
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  • December 17 & 18 – Yuletide Brunch with Santa at Winterthur Museum
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  • December 18th – Yuletide Family Concert in Copeland Lecture Hall at Winterthur Museum
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  • December 26-30th Hagley’s WOW Camp, Reservations
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