What a wonderful time of year. It’s a great time to slow down and take into account our blessings. It’s often the time of year when we reconnect with friend that we’ve lost touch with during the year. For us it’s a way to see family that we’ve not seen for a while. It’s also a time for us to revisit long held traditions (and even create new ones). Here is one of our longest held traditions and one that is relatively new.
Since our kids were little we have loved the opportunity to go drive through neighborhoods and look at the well-decorated streets. There are few things better during Christmastime then to drive around and enjoy the Christmas decorations and lights. To make this an evening event we dress the kids up in their pajamas and hit the road about an hour after the sunset.
Over the years we have developed favorite spots. One of our favorites is in the Outlook Park area just west of the Broomfield Golf Course. It’s located on Tin Cup and they put so much work into their light show! It comes complete with dioramas in the windows featuring Santa reviewing a ‘nice or naughty’ list and Mrs. Claus overlooking him at the dining table. There is a display of miniature snowy scenes with a train that serpentines through the landscape.
After the kids have had their fill, we treat them to hot chocolate and donuts at Krispy Kreme. This tradition may be usurped by the new Dunkin Donuts that just came in on 88th and Washington in Thornton, CO!
Another tradition that we have started over the last five years or so is one that gets the men in our family engaged. In an attempt to have we men feel the pains of preparing so many elaborate meals during the season we have put together a competition which employs men’s baking skills.
The rules are simple:
1) The men have to bake a pie completely from scratch (no premade crust)
2) They cannot receive any help from their wives.
We are graded in three categories: Taste, presentation & how well the slice holds up after cutting.
I have been a proud winner for only one season. No one has defended their title for more than one year in a row!
Alan StrangeContinue Reading