Christmas is my favorite holiday. I adore the decorating, the preparations, the gift-wrapping, and the chance to see so many of my friends and family. The world is wrapped in white and lights and joy – what’s not to love?
This was my first Christmas in my apartment in Buena Vista and the first time I was able to get my own tree. If you know me well, you know that I get a tree ornament from every place I travel to. When I decorate each year, I get to reflect on the places I’ve been and dream about the places I want to go in the future.
From December 1st through the 9th I was in California and got to check another state off my list! I spent an incredible week at the CCCA National Conference in Palm Springs (more on that soon!) and then a few days in the Kingsburg/Fresno area visiting a dear friend. We went to the ocean, saw the Sequoias, and even took selfies with zebras by the beach. Needless to say, I was a pretty happy camper!
Updates from Spring Canyon
On December 10th I began working full time at Spring Canyon as the Front Office Manager! I’ll be working on all aspects of guest reservations, group bookings, internal and external communications, and overseeing a few of our summer staff team members when they join us in May. I’m fully settling into a new camp environment and lifestyle. Sometimes I still stop and think about how I’m experiencing one of my biggest dreams – living out West, surrounded by cool camp friends, and running head first towards all that God has in store for me.
Christmas at the Canyon is a wonderful time. Chef Rory and Sous Chef Jackie fill our main lodge with their baking, and it seems as though Christmas music is always floating by. We cut the tree from our very own forest and I looked forward to seeing it all lit up and cozy from the outside looking in.
We host two weeks of Winter Sports Retreat across the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Families join us from across the country to “come home” and enjoy all that the Canyon and Buena Vista have to offer during the holidays. There’s always a different atmosphere around camp when we’re filled with guests, and creating a space where they can enjoy their own holiday is an honor we always try to remember.
On the 16th we hosted the wedding of Mel Green and James DeLiso, friends of mine through my connection with Podcast Fast Track. They were wed by Mel’s father on a perfectly snowy December day, and it couldn’t have been a prettier celebration.
Updates from the Loft Theater
What happens when you bring an entire team of people together who love Christmas? We plan themed events galore! The Loft Theater hosted a Christmas Waltz on the 11th of December, and a Christmas Swing Dance on the 18th.
Not only did we seek to share our Christmas cheer with Buena Vista, we also cut down the Theater’s very first Christmas tree. We started our own traditions and basked in the wonder of our (not so little) wild Christmas tree. One of my favorite musicians, Sleeping at Last, explains that,
“We build new traditions in place of the old, ’cause life without revision will silence our souls.”
The entire Loft team gathered for our Christmas party on the 16th. It’s not often that we all get together outside of working an event and being surrounded by people who deeply care for you is refreshing. Especially when dancing and karaoke are involved.
Welcoming the New Year
New Year’s Eve brought with us a celebration of love and marriage at the Loft Music Venue in Colorado Springs. The couple danced and celebrated at their reception on December 31st, we counted down and toasted to the New Year with great cheer, and then watched as they were married in front of all their closest friends and family on January 1st at 12:15 am. I found myself thinking, is there a better way of welcoming a new year than with such a wonderful display of love and commitment?
I’m not one for new year’s resolutions – I subscribe to the idea of allowing each new day, week, or month to be the perfect opportunity for growth. But I do have a few ideas that I want to bring into 2019. I want to allow myself to be surprised by the unexpected blessings in life. I want to care for and love those around me in an honest way. I want to put people first, above goals or profit. And I want to unabashedly explore all that the next 12 months have to offer.
- For a healthy and happy New Year
- To stay illness-free as we kick off 2019
- For all of the couples that are going to be married at the Loft and Spring Canyon in the New Year
- Christmas and the birth of our Savior!
- Amazing trips to California to visit a dear friend
- We passed our final inspections at the Loft!
- For all of the blessings that come from CCCA events
What I’m listening to
- Johnny Reid’s Christmas album
- Johnnyswim’s Christmas album
- My personal Christmas playlist
- The Greatest Showman soundtrack
- Tread Lightly by Forest Blakk
What I’m reading
- About My Mother by Peggy Rowe
- The Dive From Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer
What I’m watching
- Season 11 of Heartland
- Bird Box (the book was better)