Baby, it’s cold outside, so I’m spending the day at home. You’ll find me making my list and checking it twice, decking my halls, stringing lights on the ol’ Tannenbaum, placing holly on my own front door and extra logs on the fire. I’ll hang the mistletoe in my foyer, because everybody knows that will help to make the season merry and bright.
Later, one of my dearest friends will travel over the Shoshone River and through the woods to my house. I met him at Cassie’s Supper Club and Dance Hall, and he’s been teaching me to dance. I placed this year’s six-foot-tall blue spruce in the middle of my living room so we can do the two-step around the Christmas tree. I’m hoping that later we’ll conspire and dream by the fire. I’ve been nice, not naughty this year, but still, I’ll let you know if there’s anything I must blame on the mistletoe. (Wink. Wink.)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in the Corrie N. Cody household and in the town of Cody as well. Shops and galleries have added festive lights and cowboy-themed decorations. There are candy canes and silver lanes on Sheridan Avenue, toys in every store and a tree in the Irma Hotel.
Tomorrow I’m sure I’ll have cabin fever so I’ll head downtown to have a cup of cheer. When I walk down the street I’ll say hello to all the friends I know and everyone I meet. I’m guessing some of my friends will follow me in merry measure, especially when I tell them I’m headed to Pat O’Hara Brewing Company.
I don’t know if there’ll be snow, but with all the lights and friendly folks in town, Sheridan Avenue is a beautiful sight that makes me happy at night (and day) because I feel like I’m walking in a winter wonderland. And I know that these kinds of moments are the wonderful things we remember all through our lives.
This past weekend, I rounded up a few friends and some sheet music and headed to Old Trail Town. We explored the old schoolhouse and other frontier buildings decorated with natural trimmings like fresh garland and dried gourds. We even sang a chorus or two.
My favorite of all choruses comes from John Denver’s “Christmas for Cowboys.” You remember it, don’t you? It goes like this:
Tall in the saddle we spend Christmas Day
Driving the cattle over snow covered plains
All of the good gifts given today
Ours is the sky and the wide open range
Until next time, I’m lovin’ life and Christmas here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.