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Christmas Tree Elegance

How fortunate we are in Spokane to have Christmas Tree Elegance at the historic Davenport Hotel.

On a trip to Russia in the past I remember being in a plush hotel in downtown Moscow. But the draperies on all the street-level windows were drawn closed. The reason I was told: “So the peasants won’t be able to see inside. This isn’t the way we (Communists) live.”

Only tourists were permitted inside the nice hotels in Moscow. No commoners. It was appalling.

So today, I take each of my ESL students from Russia, Ukraine, China and South America to sit in the beautiful lobby of the Davenport, enjoy a latte as we relax and gaze at the gorgeous chandeliers, before we meander to the mezzanine to enjoy the ambience of Christmas Tree Elegance.

Thank you to the Davenport Hotel, the Spokane Symphony volunteers and all who make the viewing of these trees so available for all of us to enjoy.

Lorraine Halverson

Liberty Lake

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