Women on retreat put new spin on visit with Santa | PostIndependent.com

Women on retreat put new spin on visit with Santa

Post Independent Photo/Donna Gray Left to right, Karen Wedge, Terri Downs and Leeanne Ahern pose with Santa at Centennial Park in Glenwood Springs Saturday.

Three Front Range women paid a visit to Santa in Glenwood Springs’ Centennial Park on Saturday. Leanne Ahern and Terri Wedge, both of Parker, and Karen Downs of Elizabeth were attending a women’s retreat at the Hotel Colorado. They were walking around town when they saw the jolly old elf himself and thought it would be fun to have their picture taken with him.But they had another idea in mind as well.

Ahern will send a picture of the trio with Santa to her husband, Master Sgt. David Ahern, who is with the Colorado Air National Guard security force stationed in Balad, Iraq. He was deployed in September and is due to return in March, she said.The women said that the get-together, which takes place the first weekend in December, is more like a pajama party than a retreat. And it’s a chance to take a breath and relax before the onslaught of Christmas shopping.”We talk about sex, our jobs, our kids,” Ahern said with a laugh.The retreats began with a women’s softball team and evolved into a group of up to 40 who meet every year at the Hotel Colorado, Downs said.

“We have theme nights,” Downs said, in which everyone dresses up. “Last night was ’60s night, and the night before was boxer night. Sunday is spa night. We exchange ornaments.”And above all, have a good time.After they had their pictures taken with Santa, Ahern’s cell phone rang. It was her 19-year-old son.”I can’t talk now,” she said. “I’m talking to Santa.”

What did they ask Santa for Christmas?”Everyone wants Leanne’s husband to come home safe from Iraq,” Down said.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com

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