Ed Lee decks mayoral halls, stays in SF for holidays

Examiner file photoHolly jolly holidays: Mayor Ed Lee is urging residents to volunteer time or money over Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Examiner file photoHolly jolly holidays: Mayor Ed Lee is urging residents to volunteer time or money over Thanksgiving and Christmas.

He has considerably less facial hair than Santa Claus, but kids can still expect to get their photo taken this holiday season with Mayor Ed Lee, who says he’ll be spending Thanksgiving and Christmas in San Francisco.

Lee wants to continue the tradition started by former Mayor Gavin Newsom to have a “snow day” of machine-made white stuff outside City Hall for children to sled and frolic in.

At a news conference last week, the mayor highlighted The City’s Season of Giving campaign that will have him working with charity organizations and carving turkeys for Thanksgiving.

“I’m not going anywhere these holidays,” Lee said. “I’m staying right here in our city.”

Lee called on residents to give back, whether through financial support or volunteer time to support San Francisco’s homeless organizations and other charities.

“We all need to step up,” the mayor said.

Christine Falvey, Lee’s spokeswoman, said plans for the Dec. 17 snow event are under way. Lee also said City Hall will again feature the “World Tree of Hope” put up by the LGBT Rainbow World Fund and adorned with thousands of origami cranes containing written wishes for the future of the world.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

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