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There are lots of things to write about, gravel pits, Falls Crossing,
water quality, county fees, I-695, school funding, etc. But during this week of
holiday celebration, none of that seems as important as spending time with
family, decorating the house, or eating all those home-baked goodies.
Christmas in the Valley has been a part of my life for 32 years. Many
things have happened in those years, but I still have fond memories of the annual
trip to Fredrick & Nelson for the Santa shot, or watching J.P. Patches as he
made his trip to the North Pole - including one year, when he called my brother
and me regarding our letter to Santa. Or the time we went snowmobiling
at Snoqualmie Elementary in a sleigh that a family friend, Paul Lynne, had
hooked up to his snowmobile. Or the annual trip with my dad in his patrol car
on Christmas Eve, since it was one of the quietest nights and nobody really
cared that a State Trooper was packing around his son.
Or the trips to the grandparents in Port Angeles, knowing that I could
eat until stuffed. Or that dreadful time when my old buddy Craig Stillwell
decided to inform me that he didn't think there was a Santa Claus and the
ensuing argument in Mrs. Bonnell's fourth-grade class at Fall City Elementary.
What's amazing is how vividly those details really are and the
impression they made on the rest of my life. They were all created here, in one of
the greatest places on earth. And this year we have more neighbors than ever,
and I hope they all are creating long-term, positive memories.
So, from all of us here at the Record, have a wonderful Christmas.
Enjoy family and friends, put on that extra smile when driving down the street.
Maybe even wave to a neighbor on Christmas morning, just for the heck of it.
I know this isn't politically correct, but ... Merry Christmas and