Past & Present - Near & Far!
How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
What holidays does your cohousing community celebrate? Hanukah? Solstice? Christmas? Nabi -- Birthday of the Prophet Muhammed (Sunni)? or Milad un Nabi (Shia)? Festivus? Hopi Soyaluna?
Celebrating holidays in cohousing is as varied as our residents. Although we don't celebrate many of the December "Special Days" at Takoma Village, Washington, DC, I'm personally fond of National Flashlight Day, December 21st. Or how about Wear Brown Shoes Day, December 4th? (Not to be confused with Put on Your Own Shoes Day on December 6th.) Or my very favorite ... National Bicarbonate of Soda Day on December 30th. I guess a lot of people are drinking bicarb after a month long celebration.
Herewith is a photo gallery of holiday celebrations in cohousing communities near and far both current and past. Look for the Polar Bear Club swim team, gingerbread baking, ornament making ... and just some lovely snowy scenes from around cohousing. A special treat: watch the video -- learn how to make a group gingerbread house in 2 minutes and 49 seconds.
Share your community's December celebrations. Leave a comment on our website under this blog post for December 24, 2015.
Happy Holidays at home ... wherever you are!
How to make a gingerbread house in 2 minutes and 49 seconds!
Winslow Cohousing, Bainbridge Island, WA
The National Geographic (online) has a lovely article by Christina Nunez on how cohousing communities save energy while fostering a greater connection among residents. She focuses on The EcoVillage of Ithaca NY and Belfast EcoVillage in Maine. Takoma Village in Washington, DC gets a nice mention. Right under the headline is an impossibly dramatic "winter spiral" photo taken at the EcoVillage in Ithaca.
Speaking of EcoVillages ... do you know Arlington EcoVillage is forming in the Arlington,Virginia area just outside Washington, DC? Want to know more? Join them for their upcoming Happy Hour at Mexicali Blues in Arlington. Sign up via the Washington DC Area Cohousing Meetup.
Heathcote Community (Freehand, MD) has scheduled a Visitor Day for Saturday, February 20, 2016. Come have FUN and learn about this innovative community just outside Baltimore, Maryland.
Another community tour of Takoma Village in Washington, DC is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016. Twenty-two people have already signed up via the Washington DC Area Cohousing Meetup.
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A quick, clear explanation of why parking minimums hurt cities ... watch the video ... it's cool!
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Ann Zabaldo is a passionate promoter of cohousing. She was on the develoment team for Eastern Village in Silver Spring, MD and Takoma Village in Washington, DC where she lives. She serves on the Board for MAC.
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