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Stay in or step out for the holidays

For the Christmas holiday, I’ll be steppin’ out in a different city this week.Being back home again in Indiana should be interesting, considering my fellow Colts fans are still reeling from Sunday’s big loss. Perfection is not all that it’s cracked up to be, anyway – trust me, I know.Go Blue.I’m hoping to visit with family, hang out with friends I’ve had since grade school and get my fattening Indiana fried pork tenderloin sandwich fix. I’ll probably listen to a little John Mellencamp and check out the lights on Monument Circle just to round out the Hoosier experience.For those staying in – and returning to – the valley for the holidays, there’s plenty to celebrate. From musical theater by a Glenwood native to folk and blues by Melody Hartman at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, the weekend’s entertainment will provide a toe-tappin’ good time.There’s always room for stayin’ in instead of steppin’ out during the holidays – because even Santa needs a breather.TodayIt’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: Jennetta Meitler performs her show, themed around women in music, featuring jazz, pop and musical theatre, from 7:30-9 p.m. today at the Hotel Colorado bar. Call 945-6511 for more Information.This is why I’d kick it up here: Jennetta is a Glenwood Springs native who is now living in Los Angeles as a working actress and singer. She’s a Defiance Community Theatre, Colorado Mountain College Theatre and Aspen Community Theatre alum, and trained locally with vocal teachers Laurie Beattie-Courier and Jeanie Miller and CMC acting coach Tom Cochran. And she’s a member of the Glenwood Springs Community Center Wall of Fame. She makes me want to sing that Journey song, “Don’t Stop Believen’.” “Just a small town girl … “SundayIt’s happening all over the world to boot: Christmas. Not only does Dec. 25 commemorate the birth of Jesus for Christians, but it also makes for a jolly good time with family and friends of all sects. I’ve loved Christmas since I was a kid, when my older brother would sneak a peek at the presents my parents stashed high in the closet and make me an accessory to the crime by showing me the loot. I never wanted to spoil the surprise, mostly because I’m a horrible liar and faking it on Christmas morning is not my thing. This is why I’d kick it up here: New clothes, deviled eggs, rum cake – all in one festive day. Sounds too good to be true. The only way Christmas could get any better is if I were tearing open presents under a palm tree with my toes buried in the white sand of a St. Thomas beach. But the family doesn’t reside in the U.S. Virgin Islands and if I didn’t go home for Christmas, my mother would be terribly disappointed. And there’s nothing worse than disappointing a mother, except maybe eating too many pork tenderloins. • • •Take a load off during the holiday weekend by starting a fire, plugging in the DVD player and renting a holiday movie. Following are a few shoe-ins for post-Christmas cinema therapy:• A Christmas Story: Five words: You’ll shoot your eye out. The double-dog-dare scene when Flick’s tongue sticks to the icy pole is classic schoolyard humor. Plus it’s set in Indiana and we Hoosiers like to stick together (even though I’m technically a Boilermaker.) • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: My favorite part of this Christmas classic is the dialogue between Clark Griswold and the female department store clerk. “Oh, I was just smelling – smiling. I was just blouse – browsing …”• A Charlie Brown Christmas: It might be a little-known fact that this was the first animated Peanuts special and children were used for the character voices, not adults pretending to be kids. I love all Charlie Brown specials, but this one is my favorite. I love Sally brown’s letter to Santa: “Dear Santa Claus, How have you been? Did you have a nice summer? How is your wife? I have been extra good this year, so I have a long list of presents that I want. Please note the size and color of each item, and send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: just send money. How about tens and twenties?” Genius!


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