It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One! Charles Dickens
Christmas Day, the day we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, closes the season of Advent and begins the twelve days of Christmastide (December 25-January 6th). The tradition of burning a huge log throughout this time period is where the Yule log originated although now many European countries continue the tradition by burning a Yule log for 12 hours instead of 12 days. According to the Encyclopedia of Christmas all of the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts. After all of the Christmas gifts have been unwrapped, the stockings opened, the Christmas dinner eaten,the inevitable gift returns planned, you might be breathing a sigh of contentment and relief, as there are 364 gifts (days) until Christmas 2013!
If you don’t usually host or attend a Christmas Day Open House you might be one of the families that have adopted a movie tradition. It’s become an American tradition to see a movie on Christmas Day, this year is no different with Hollywood offering at least seven blockbuster movies being released near or on December 25th. There’s fantasy movies for many in the family with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Life of Pi currently being shown in area theaters, action drama movies Jack Reacher and Zero Dark Thirty and opening on Christmas Day, the film adaptation Les Misérables, Victor Hugo’s classic that spent 16 years on Broadway, Parental Guidance, a comedy featuring Bette Midler and Billy Crystal and Quentin Tarantino’s much anticipated, Django Unchained. For many families the shared experience of planning and attending a movie together is a perfect beginning to their Colorado winter vacation.
With snow conditions very good to great in area ski resorts you might be heading to the mountains after Christmas Day. Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and sledding are on the minds of many local families. If you stay in town one activity adults and school age children can enjoy together is The Dickens Festival at Simpich which runs through December 31st. As February 7th, 2012 honored the anniversary of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens this marionette production of A Christmas Carol is sure to remind all of us the true meaning of Christmas.
Often after the business of the holidays are over we can take some time to reflect on the past year and what we hope that the new year will bring. This year, more than most, we pray that our country can “keep Christmas well” as Dickens wrote. Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, New York and most recently Connecticut have experienced exceptional loss, tragedy and heartbreak this year. Our hearts and prayers go out to our friends and family members across the United States as they continue to grieve, rebuild and work towards healing their communities. In Colorado Springs we continue our rebuilding with new homes and communities being planned. We are grateful that the love and support of our strong local community keeps us moving towards a brighter future.
Saddletree Homes wishes all of our colleagues, customers, family and friends, old and new, a peaceful, happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Welcome 2013!