With the holiday season in full swing, I often reminisce to family traditions we had while growing up. Christmas brunch at my parents was always a highlight, as my mom would cook a huge feast of all our favorites. The only downfall was that I had to beg and plead for a reasonable amount of frosting on the cinnamon rolls. Another (not so proud) tradition of mine, was to fake illness, so I could stay home from school and hunt for the presents “Santa” hid. If you grew up in the 90s, and you were a boy, you probably had the Nintendo video game, Super Tecmo Bowl.
As a card carrying sports fanatic, this particular game was one of the most highly anticipated releases in Nintendo history. In one of my finest heist jobs, I located the game my parents favorite hiding spot, carefully cut the cellophane with a razor blade, and played for eight hours straight one day. When my folks were to be heading home from work, I strategically put the game back in the box, and used a tiny bit of tape to make the packaging look intact.
Now that Kate and I have young children, there is nothing quite like seeing how excited kids are on Christmas morning. When asking our 5-year-old son what he wanted for Christmas, I had to plant the seed that he should ask for a slot car electric race track. I may be pushing age 40, but who doesn’t love playing with a remote control race track?
Obviously, there is so much more to this season than receiving. It is an honor to live in a community that is full of so many selfless individuals. Whether donating food to a pantry, money to a cause, gifts to a family in need, or simply volunteering time, the citizens of Boulder County certainly know how to answer the call.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from our family to yours!