Unique Colorado Christmas Celebrations On The Way
I was scoping the news this morning and I noticed that Millers-Coors is selling a Christmas Tree that has a Keg as part of the stand. Sounds bizarre, doesn't it? It's basically a table with a hole in the top where you can run the tap through and attach it to one of the trees' branches. The keg and bucket go underneath. It can hold a tree up to 150 lbs. I'm not sure this is something I would ever purchase, but it is quite a unique idea for those who love beer. It did remind me, however, of a story my old neighbor Scott had shared with me a few years back.
Camping in the Snow
When Scott was growing up, he and his father would always go camping on Christmas Eve. Even in a heavy snowstorm. He said it was a tradition It originally started out as a holiday hunting trip. One season, they got snowed in and couldn't leave for a week. They made the best of it and over the years, no matter the weather, they would go up into the Rockies and camp for the weekend. Scott's father is long gone, but he still carries on his Christmas tradition of camping outside on Christmas eve with the kiddos.
I found a few other ways to celebrate your Colorado Christmas if camping in the snow is not your thing.
Cutting Your Own Christmas Tree
Contact the US Forest Service for a Christmas tree permit. Then, grab a saw, and make a thermos of Hot cocoa and treats. Bundle up the kids and head out on a family adventure. Also, check with the Forest Service on legal locations for cutting.
Permits are $10, available Nov. 25 - Dec. 24
Volunteer You and Your Family at a Homeless Shelter
My family and I spent many Thanksgivings and Christmas feeding folks at the homeless shelter. It continues to be one of my favorite family traditions.
At the base of Pikes Peak, the North Pole is a glorious place to visit during the holidays, especially when your extended family comes to town. Enjoy their cool zip line and gift shops. Plus you can even sit down with Santa. The North Pole is open daily from 9:30-4:30 through Christmas Eve. Ticket are advanced purchases only.
Who Doesn't love Bumper cars...Just add the ice.