Deck the Halls…With Christmas Fun!

22 Nov

By Olivia Hartshorn

The most wonderful time of the year!

The most wonderful time of the year!

Tis the Season!

Thanksgiving is just next week which means that Christmas is right around the corner.  I couldn’t be more excited to blog during my favorite time of the year.  Being from California it was rare we would have a White Christmas, living in Wyoming it is almost guaranteed we will be expecting to see snow on the ground.  With that being said, I would like to share some fun Christmas ideas, events and traditions I enjoy during this time of the year.

Play time? Yes Play, time!

My best friend and me at my Christmas Ballet Recital

My best friend and me at my Christmas Ballet Recital

What would the Christmas season be without the Nutcracker?  Most of you know what The Nutcracker is about…But for those of you who have never heard of this play here is a brief synopsis for you.  One of the many reasons I love this play is due to the fact that it is a ballet and the pointework is absolutely beautiful.  This two-act play takes place with a family decorating a Christmas tree before the festivities of the night begin.  During the festivities, the godfather brings gifts to the children which include four life-like dolls and a wooden nutcracker.  Later in the night the nutcracker is broken and the daughter Clara becomes very upset.  Throughout the play we see the nutcracker come to life and engage in a fight with numerous mice and the Mouse King.  As the story progresses Clara and the Nutcracker embark to the Land of Sweets where they dance and enjoy each others company along with their friends they met along the way.  This is the perfect play to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t seen this play I highly recommend it, and if you have already seen it, take someone who hasn’t! If you are interested in seeing a brief look at what the play consists of Click Here!

When- Thursday December 11th, 7:30 PM

Where- Arts and Sciences Auditorium

Cost- $14 for General Admission, $11 for Seniors, $7 for Students w/ valid ID

Staying in? Stay warm and cozy.

Photo Credit to ABC Family

Photo Credit to ABC Family

Feeling like staying in? Well grab that blanket and some hot cocoa because nothing says Christmas time like ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas.  This allows you to have 25 days of Christmas movies to get you ready for the holiday!  This is perfect for the family or friends.  This TV special starts December 1st and continues through the 25th of December.  Now if you don’t want to wait around by your television waiting for your favorite Christmas movie, have no fear I have the complete lineup here.

Seasons Greetings from Downtown Laramie

My favorite part of Christmas are the community events that not only gets you ready for the holidays but is fun for the entire family as well.  If your kids want to get a head start on their Letters to Santa look no further!  This event is geared towards the youth of Laramie.  If this sounds like something you and your loved ones might be interested in here are some locations of the mailboxes for Santa.  Get your letters together and head down to Big Hollow Food Co-op, First Interstate Bank, the Boomerang and Qdoba to find Santa’s Mailbox.  Letters will be collected starting November 28th and will continue through December 17th.  All responses will be mailed out before Christmas, so keep your eyes open for mail from Santa!

Mark your Calendars for December 5th because I have two very special events that you most certainly won’t want to miss.  Christmas lights, cocoa, and family fun? Count me in.  A tradition for my family is always watching the Christmas Tree Lighting in our home town.  We have participated in this event for almost 15 years.  Sound like fun? It sure is, get your family together and don’t forget warm clothes and make your way to the First Street Plaza before 5:30 PM.  Since you are already downtown get a refill of that hot apple cider or hot cocoa and enjoy the Lighted Holiday Parade.  The theme this year is “Frosty is Coming to Downtown” and will begin promptly at 6PM.

Happy Holidays Cheyenne,Wyoming

If you are also interested in a Christmas Tree Lighting but you don’t live in Laramie, don’t worry because Cheyenne is having one of their own.  The Christmas Tree Lighting in Cheyenne will take place in the Little America Lobby on December 2nd from 5:30 PM through 7:00 PM.  Also instead of having to provide your own drinks and snacks, Little America will have complimentary hot chocolate and warm apple cider, along with some tasty holiday treats!  If you are in the mood to catch a parade on the 29th of November look no further!  Cheyenne will host its very own Christmas Parade at 5PM starting at 17th Street and Carey Avenue.  Grab some warm clothes and some friends and loved ones and make your way downtown to see horse drawn carriages and much more!

Connecting with the community

I thought it would be interesting to reach out to some students and see if they knew about events I was covering in my blog and if they would be interested in knowing what holiday events were taking place in their community.  I was very surprised when I interviewed a UW student and former LCCC student Rachel Eberstein who knew barely anything about what I was covering in my blogs.  Before we started, we spoke briefly about what we would be talking about and I read her the questions so she could give her answers some thought before answering.  If you are interested in watching this video click here. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

Compliments of Google Images

Compliments of Google Images

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