Why? Weekends, Part 2!

Aside from turkey and Winterfest, we also decorated our house for Christmas and attended the Cleveland Pops Happy Holidays concert over the weekend.

Matthew has always had a live Christmas tree and, since we’ve lived together, he’s converted me to the beauty of the live tree. On Saturday, we went with Jeffrey to pick out our tree.

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Jeffrey had definite opinions as to which tree we should take home and I think he did a great job selecting it! We also have a small tree in Jeffrey’s bedroom, as well as lots of other sparkle throughout the house. I love having the house decorated and twinkly! And putting the ornaments on the tree with Matthew and Christmas music is one of my favorite moments of the season.

On Sunday afternoon, Matthew and I attended the Cleveland Pops Happy Holidays concert at the Connor Palace Theatre at Playhouse Square. I love any excuse to go to Playhouse Square, but especially at this time of year, when the theaters are so beautifully decorated!

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Before the concert, the upstairs lobby was filled with animal shelters with adoptable pets, a particular favorite cause of the Cleveland Pops. I managed to restrain myself from taking home one (or more) of the pups, but I did make a donation to the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs. This organization is specifically dedicated to caring for and adopting out senior dogs. As the dog mom to two adopted senior dogs, I think that’s a pretty great thing to support!

The concert itself was like a musical cup of hot cocoa: warm, seasonal, and designed to make you feel great. The Cleveland Pops orchestra and chorus dazzled the crowd with a wide selection of holiday favorites, from old-school classics to modern favorites like Trans-Siberian Orchestra songs.

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The NEOS Dance Theatre performed during selections from The Nutcracker.

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Fox 8‘s Todd Meany regaled the audience with his reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” as well as helping to lead the audience sing-along at the end of the concert. Hearing the entire Connor Palace Theatre filled with people singing “White Christmas” and other holiday favorites got me a little choked up! (I’m a big Christmas cheeseball, really)

And of course there was an appearance from Santa himself!

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The concert was such a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit! And I’m continually impressed by the quality and variety of the arts community in Cleveland!

The Cleveland Pops is celebrating its 20th year and has some great upcoming concerts planned. The one that caught my attention is the Cleveland Pops 20th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. The concert will be a Broadway Revue featuring vocalist Connor Bogart O’Brien at the beautiful Severance Hall. Following the concert, members of the Pops, as well as the No-Name Band, will play in the Severance Hall lobbies to ring in the new year with music and dancing. Tickets range from $46 to $112 and are on sale now.

I hope you check out a Cleveland Pops performance soon! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

So, that’s the holiday weekend in the books! Hope yours was wonderful, too!

***Disclosure: I was invited by the Cleveland Pops to attend a performance of my choice with 2 complimentary tickets. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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