Life in Portland Blog

Urban Nest Holiday Traditions


Thanksgiving has kicked off the holidays this winter and the Urban Nest Realty Team are no strangers to embracing the season in their own ways. We thought we would dedicate a few blog posts to share what we look forward to each year. To start the series off we’ve got two very different and equally lovely ways of spending the holidays, whether it be sharing our nest with friends & family, or feathering it by going out on the town…


Rachel – “I’m not a huge holiday person so I do my best to keep things low-key.   After years of trying to make a holiday meal (eight hours of cooking for 30 minutes of eating!) I really found my perfect holiday tradition when my husband Laurence and I wandered into Higgins restaurant one Thanksgiving after seeing a movie downtown.  We grabbed a seat at the bar and proceeded to eat a delicious meal – no cooking and no clean-up!  From there we decided to go out on Christmas as well and now have a long-standing tradition of seeing an evening movie and walking over to The Heathman Hotel for the last seating at 9 pm.  We ask for a banquette in the beautiful atrium room and sit right next to the giant Christmas tree and roaring fire.  The food is wonderful as is the company.  It’s become a very special time for us to celebrate together as a couple.  Just two years ago we added on a third holiday tradition – a triumvirate of sorts – and began making reservations with friends at Genoa for New Year’s Eve.  It’s the place where we got married nearly nine years ago and is always a perfect way to ring in the New Year.  


Tina – “My small family, we are known as The Librarians: quiet, non-athletic, non-shouters. My mom is a tremendous cook and both Thanksgiving & Christmas are very important to her that the family congregate together. The fine China and the crystal appear (handwash only), and the table is decorated to the nines with candles and flowers. My dad is an engineer and a geek. There is never a football game on in the house, ever. The family nibbles on gourmet snacks all day. We usually put a puzzle together while music like Manheim Steamroller or Narada Christmas plays in the background. We are so stuffed by the end of the evening, but somehow we manage to enjoy a slice of mom’s homemade pie before bedtime.”