On Tuesday, I get to go home for Christmas, and this is making me think of all the things I’m grateful for in my life.
I get to fly into O’Hare and see my favorite city in the world, Chicago, if only briefly before hopping on a bus to my home town.
I get to meet my friend’s month-old baby. We’ve been best friends since we joined the Girl Scouts together at 8 years old, and it’s been so exciting to grow up with her and watch her succeed in both her personal and professional life.
Of course, I’ll get to see a whole slew of other friends, which I’m so excited about, but it’s kind of hard to compete with a newborn.
And most importantly, I get to spend my favorite day of the year in my pajamas with my parents and sister.
I’m 23 years old, but I’m still the baby of the family, so I’m still the one responsible for waking everyone up at the crack of dawn with chants of, “It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas!” I’m still the one whining impatiently when my parents insist on making a pot of coffee before we can all sit down and open presents. And I think all of us revel in that bittersweet moment when we realize the sun has set, and tomorrow it won’t be Christmas anymore, but we’re still so happy for the day we’ve just spent together.
Then a few days later, I’ll fly back in to Aspen — a beautiful city in the complete opposite way of Chicago — and I’ll be grateful for that return journey, too.
Having one great home is a blessing, but I’m lucky enough to have two.
This is your last chance to enjoy the Christmas music of the Mountain Madrigal Singers, who have been performing holiday concerts in the valley for more than 30 years. The free concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. Donations are encouraged at the door, and parents are welcome to leave their children with the free babysitting service at the church.
The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) has been hosting its annual Deck the Walls holiday show for a month now, but last-minute shoppers are in for some fun at 4 p.m. on Saturday at The Launchpad with a Cookie Swap. Stop by the gallery with a dozen of your favorite cookies, and leave with a variety of cookies from other contributors. It’s the easiest way to come up with an impressive and varied cookie spread for your own holiday party, and you’ll get to shop the holiday show at the same time. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Glenwood Springs Library is hosting a holiday-themed Family Movie Day at 2 p.m. with a screening of “The Santa Clause.” Admission is free, and this is a perfect opportunity to get out and do something fun and family-friendly to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Jessica Cabe can’t wait to be back in the flatlands and cornfields this Christmas. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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