For holiday activities, both traditional and new, in the community or at home, here are a handful of ideas for Memories to Make this week. Full details can be found in the Calendar section.
- Visit a nativity display. Nativities Around the World takes place 6-9 p.m. today and Friday and noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Moscow. The free event emphasizes artistic themes and cultural interest of the nativity sets. The Clarkston United Methodist Church is hosting a free Nativity Showcase 5-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. The event exhibits nativity collections of church members and the public and includes a nativity dress-up station for kids and refreshments; a free breakfast is served 8-9 a.m. Saturday. A Live Drive-Thru Nativity featuring wise men, Roman soldiers, an angel choir and more will be at Living Faith Fellowship in Pullman from 6-8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday.
- Bake some cookies. Whatever your favorite “gotta have them at Christmas” cookie is, get one batch out. Involving your kids, your parents or your friends makes it a fun activity instead of a holiday task. You can put them in the freezer to last all season or, if you’re a more enthusiastic type, eat them all this weekend and make another batch next weekend.
- Watch a favorite Christmas movie. Whether it’s what you watched every year growing up or a new favorite you’ve picked up along the way, cozy up in front of the TV and enjoy a quiet evening with friends or family.
- Cut out paper snowflakes. Fold your paper into quarters or eights around a central axis and see what designs emerge from your scissors. Hang the snowflakes on the tree or from your ceiling, or tape them to your windows.
- Get a photo with Santa. Check with nearby malls and businesses for Santa photo opportunities. If you want to get one with your furry friend, the Whitman County Humane Society is hosting Pet Photos with Santa from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Shopko in Pullman. A $10 donation is requested; animals must be leashed or in carriers. For those with special needs or sensory issues, Sensitive Santa Photos is offering a free, quiet, sensory-sensitive option from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the 1912 Center in Moscow. See secularfamilies.org for more info.
- Enjoy live theater and food. The Lewiston Civic Theatre’s live holiday show, “Nunsense,” is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15-18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17-18 at the Quality Inn in Clarkston. The musical comedy follows five nuns who survived food poisoning as they put on a benefit performance to raise burial money for their sisters who were not so fortunate. Tickets are $40 and include appetizers and a dessert. A no-host bar is also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling (208) 746-3401 or at www.lctheater.org.