John Ellingson, and his partner Paul Beard, recently bought their first home, a beautifully remodeled home in Laurelhurst. Here are his thoughts on Christmas, fires and the passion he has for his work.

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What did you look forward to most for your first Christmas as a homeowner?
Our first Christmas was amazing. I was performing in Mary Poppins and every moment I was not tap-dancing away in our 49-show run, Paul and I were making fires, baking cookies, making fires, cooking dinners, making fires, and enjoying mugs of coffee ……..by the fire! We really like having a fire place. It’s was a dream come true. Hanging our stockings on the mantle was also a highlight.

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What is your favorite holiday decoration that you look forward to seeing each year?
I know it’s not original, but the ornaments that go on the tree. We started collecting them before we met and now we give a new one to each other, the night before Christmas each year. I look forward to our collection growing and growing over the years. Also decorating the mantle was a treat…….with the FIRE!

Tell us how you fill your days at work?
I am a theater artist. I’m very lucky to love my job and to have a full-time job in the theater arts. Currently I am the Associate Artistic Director for the Northwest Children’s Theater. I am an actor by trade and have been performing there for the last 11 years. I also design sets and I’m the resident scenic painter, puppet maker and I teach. I will be making my directing debut with a new production of the Little Mermaid which will take place in a circus setting. I work a lot, but I love it.

I know you love to cook. Do you make the same things each holiday season or do you mix things up?
I am a lover of everything Italian. I make homemade pasta every chance I get. I don’t have a Holiday dish yet, but our new kitchen is what sold me on our home. Cooking is a calming thing for me. Paul and I love to entertain together. Good food, good people, good wine all in a good kitchen. That’s heaven.

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What are you buying this year for your house as a gift?
My goal this year is to garden. I hope to upgrade our back yard with fresh veggies and our summer is going to be friends, fire pits and outdoor parties.

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Posted by:mylesfaulkner

I'm a real estate broker in Portland, Oregon.

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