Daily Archives: December 9, 2014

Creative Holiday Celebrations from New York to Glasgow

From New York to Glasgow, December is already off to a festive start, with holiday celebrations of all kinds in full swing! From creative spins on traditional carols to charitable events with a Christmas twist, this season will have you smiling no matter the city you’re in.

On Sunday, December 7, Glasgow’s streets were filled with Santas as thousands of runners donned their sneakers and red suits to raise money for charity as part of the Glasgow Santa Dash 2014.

Thousands take part in Santa Dash

Proceeds from the 5k run benefitted the Sunday Mail Centenary Fund, which in turn helped raise money for 17 excellent causes, including the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, CHAS, Shelter and Calum’s Cabin. Over 3,700 runners were in attendance, offering their support for the festive fundraiser.

Across the pond, in celebration of the holiday season, and in an effort to bring back the ‘12 Days of Christmas,’ 11 Pipers Piping (the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums) surprised New Yorkers with their very own parades in Central Park. Get in the Christmas spirit and enjoy a laugh as you watch their video, “The Great Carol Comeback.”

ASF in Alexandria: The Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk

On Saturday, December 6, the American-Scottish Foundation was preceded by the 84th Regiment of Foot Royal Highland Emigrants at the 44th annual Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend.

Photo: The American-Scottish Foundation were preceded by the 84th Regiment of Foot Royal Highland Emigrants in the Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend on Saturday.</p><br /><br /> <p>Heralding their approach, as we came to a new street, the Regiment took up position and fired their muskets ... ...to the delight of those lining the parade route.  The parade winds through the historic streets of Old Towne Alexandria.</p><br /><br /> <p>A great parade...Alexandria looks so festive at this time of year...</p><br /><br /> <p>What a weekend they put together.. The ASF plans to be there again next year, .

The parade, which winds its way through the historic streets of Old Town Alexandria, was quite a success. As ASF made its way down the city’s charming avenues, the Regiment took position at the front of the parade and ceremonially fired their muskets to the delight of those lining the parade route.

The festival was hosted by The Campagna Center, with proceeds benefitted their six educational programs. Made possible with the help of partnerships with The Scottish GovernmentThe Saint Andrew’s Society of Washington, D.C. and the City of Alexandria, the weekend was a roaring success. Besides the parade, it featured a variety of festivities that celebrated the rich Scottish heritage of the area, including Scotch tastings, historic tours, and holiday markets.

What a weekend they put together. The American Scottish Foundation plans to be in attendance again at next year’s festivities!

Below, watch and listen to the Shamrock and Thistle Pipes and Drums at the parade!

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