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Plus: COVID-19 restrictions are extended through the new year.

Happy Thursday!

Tonight’s the first night of Hanukkah which means I have every reason to share this song and no reason not to.

Believe it or not, I grew up celebrating the holiday. When my sister and I started to envy the Christmas festivities enjoyed by our peers, we got what my mom called a “Hanukkah Bush” and the “Miracle of Hanukkah” (presents would appear magically at our doorstep). 

So to all who celebrate the Miracle of Lights, Happy (early) Hanukkah! Here’s a list of some places offering latkes, brisket, and more for the holiday. 🕎

Keep reading for the headlines...

— Grace at The Evergrey

There might not be cherry blossoms this time of year but this alum thinks the UW Quad is worth a visit anytime. 🌸 | Tag @the_evergrey to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @mav_ricks_pics

What Seattle is talking about

Gov. Inslee extends COVID-19 restrictions through Jan. 4 and adds more money for small-business grants. Inslee cited the concern surrounding a possible uptick in cases from Thanksgiving gatherings. The governor also doubled the amount available for the “Working Washington” small-business grants. Businesses that submit applications by Dec. 11 will receive priority. (The Seattle Times)

Stewie is a Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. Breanna Stewart was honored along with five other athletes who are “champions on the field, champions for others off it.” Besides helping the Storm win another WNBA championship, Stewart also played a leading role in the league’s social justice work. (Seattle Met)

From the mind of a 7-year-old: Fart Cat Candy Store. Ansel Moffitt had the idea of setting up a virtual candy store at the start of the pandemic. Moffit’s parents assist in the production and operation of the business. While revenue isn’t anything huge yet, they have been able to donate to organizations like FareStart. (Eater Seattle)

Bad news, Husky fans. All football-related activities have been paused due to an increase in positive COVID-19 tests within the program. The game scheduled for this Saturday against Oregon will determine who represents the PAC-12 North in the conference title game. If it’s canceled, Washington would win by default. (Seattle PI)

Sundance is coming to Seattle. For the first time, the Sundance Film Festival will partner with the Northwest Film Forum to screen films from Jan. 28 through Feb. 3. The festival will offer over 70 features, 50 short films, and various Q&As to stream online. NWFF Executive Director Vivian Hua hopes going virtual will allow the festival to be more accessible than ever before. (The Stranger)

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Things to do

Submit your events to our calendar.

Today

🔥 Join fellow women of color for a workshop on squashing imposter syndrome (Online)

🎭 Bring the theatre into your living room with Seattle Rep's "Twelfth Night" (Online)

Tomorrow

✨ Shop for local goodies and last minute presents at Fox Ridge Studio Holiday Market Pop-up! (Madison Park)

🎄 Experience the Nutcracker in a new way with Evergreen City Ballet (Online)

Saturday

🎁 Check out a pop-up shop of locally made gifts (Downtown)

🎵 Get in the spirit with Seattle Pacific University's virtual Christmas concert (Queen Anne)

🍿 Tune in to Scarecrow Video's first-ever Holiday Special (Online)

❄️ Watch as 25 local kiddos twirl their way through the Nutcracker ballet (Online)

Sunday

🎉 Join Voyager's Table for holiday-themed cooking, crafting, and comedy (Online)

🎅 Visit Santa in his socially distanced snow globe (Greenwood) —through Dec. 23

Wednesday

💉 Join Crosscut for a conversation about the latest COVID-related science (Online)

🎹 Hear local jazz musicians perform "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (Online)

Thursday

✨ Check out the wild lights at the zoo (Phinney Ridge) —through Jan. 17

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One more thing …

Here’s a 2020-friendly holiday tradition: Make some cocoa, fire up the holiday tunes and take a drive around these neighborhoods to see some pretty spectacular decorations and lights. Big shoutout to those who do put up lights and decorations — I admire your dedication to the holiday season. 

Reply to this email and send us pics of your place decked out in festive lights and decorations, or someone else’s that you think deserves some more appreciation. 

Alright, we’ll be back tomorrow. Until then, take it easy. ✌️

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