Denver Family Traditions

Denver is still a top card-sending city

…but many are turning to e-greetings. Season’s greetings are still flowing through the mail at a pace that will keep Denver near the top of the list of the most prolific holiday-card-sending cities. But local businesses and just plain folks appear to be migrating toward new forms of conveying warm winter wishes. The proof is in the mailbox. (Photo: Jill Alyn looks at Christmas cards Wednesday at Wordshop, her store in the West Highland shopping district. THE DENVER POST | RJ SANGOSTI) Media personality Gloria Neal says she had received 25 Christmas cards by this time last year. This year, she has received five. PR maven Wendy Aiello says dead-tree cards are arriving at her firm at half the pace of last year. “But e-cards are up 500 percent, or more,” she says. There...

Santa’s Footprints by the Fireplace

Santa, or St. Nick, visits our house early each year. It is a tradition in my family to celebrate St. Nicholas day on December 6th. Jolly Old St. Nick visits overnight and fills our stockings. Santa comes and just leaves a present under the tree on Christmas Eve. It’s a nice way to split up all of the loot and gives my girls a little holiday preview. I decided this year with all the snow on the ground, to have a little extra fun. I made St. Nick footprints from my front door (we don’t have a chimney) to our gas fireplace and stockings. To do this activity, you will need fake snow, or Insta-Snow powder found at SteveSpanglerScience.com, craft stores and all over this time of year. Imitation snow comes in a dry, powder form. It fluffs up and becomes wet and cold when water is added. It feels...

Winter WonderLights at The Wildlife Experience

Recently, I admitted that I only pretend to like Holiday Decorations. While this is a true statement, there is an exception: Holiday Lights. When it comes to Holiday Lights, my enthusiasm is genuine. I love Holiday Lights. There is something so magical about the glow against the blackened sky. The soft colors on the snowy landscape make me feel like a kid again. They transform the mundane, ordinary world that we’ve seen a thousand times into a magical place where anything is possible: Reindeer can fly; dreams can come true, and jolly ol’ St. Nick knows your name and how you’ve been all year. On Friday, December 4th, my family and I were able to attend a sneak peek of Winter WonderLights at The Wildlife Experience. (I was given free admission for the three of us to this event in exchange fo...

Traditionally Speaking

December is here, and we’re about ready to check off another year. It’s hard to believe that 2010 is just around the corner. (Stock photo by djayo) December is a traditional month of celebrations, whether it’s Hanukkah (12th), Winter Solstice (21st), Festivus (23rd), Christmas (25th), Kwanzaa (26th), or just the fact that we’ve made it through another year. You don’t have to be a religious person to find joy and peace in the season. (Even though peace and quiet may be hard to find until well into January.) December is not only the traditional month of celebrations, it’s also the celebratory month of traditions. Our daughter was born four years ago, and with the beginning of our new family came the start of new traditions for us. We moved away from our Midwestern relatives over 10 years ago...

I’m making a list and checking it twice.

It’s that time of year again! Barely two weeks ago, sleigh-bells were ringing; were you listening? In the lane, snow was glistening, and it was a beautiful sight! Because this is beautiful Colorado, of course, it was in the 70s right after that. Still, we know that Winter is just around the corner, and for our family, that means it’s time to get the Holiday Letters done. (stock photo by lusi) I love doing our Holiday Letters. Every year, I tweak The List. Even with some addition and subtraction, we try to keep the number hovering around an even 100. We receive about as many, and we use them in our decorations. One year, I strung the cards and photos on ribbon and they graced our banister. Another year, we affixed them to the door of our coat closet, and they brightened the whole room. I ha...