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Kickin’ Off the Holiday Season

December 3rd, 2015 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite days of the year, and this year was exceptional as several out-of-town friends made it back to Yellowstone Country for the long weekend.

I am not, however, ready to start celebrating Christmas. You see, we always had a rule in my house when I was growing up that we could not start decorating until all of the leftover turkey was gone. Like the dad in the movie A Christmas Story, my father is a true turkey lover who cannot get enough turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey casserole, turkey a la king…you get the idea.

Old Trail Town provides ol’ time Christmas cheer during their Christmas Open House

Old Trail Town provides ol’ time Christmas cheer during their Christmas Open House.

And since he insists on cooking a bird weighing at least 25 pounds, it takes a while before we can even think about displaying the nutcrackers and animated toys. Like every other kid I knew, I was ready to put up a tree as soon as Halloween was over. My dad always insisted on one holiday at a time and had his philosophy that Christmas was better if you did not try to celebrate it for too long.

Only after I got older did I appreciate his perspective.

That timing works out well here in Cody as the town plans to kick off the season Dec. 5.

The locals always enjoy the beautiful Christmas tree and party at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

The locals always enjoy the beautiful Christmas tree and party at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

As you know, I approach days like this with a plan.

I will start out in the mid-afternoon at Old Trail Town and check out the collection of Western, Victorian and old-fashioned decorations. There will also be entertainment, cookies and more in the wagon barn. I wonder if Butch Cassidy ever celebrated Christmas in our area.

After that stop I will head over to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West for its holiday open house and then make way to the center of town for the Christmas stroll from 4-6 p.m. This year I plan to be a spectator – not a participant – for the 23rd annual Cody Christmas Lighted Parade. Seems they haven’t forgotten that year I tried to lasso a certain cowboy musician from my float.

The Lighted Christmas Parade is a popular evening event

The Lighted Christmas Parade is a popular evening event.

The parade will end when the big guy himself arrives and sets up shop for season. The “Santa House” will be a favorite for the young kids for the next three weeks. Think any of them will ask for a Red Rider BB gun?

All this sounds like a lot of fun, but before I get too excited I hear a turkey sandwich calling my name.

Until next week, I am lovin’ life – and Christmas parades – in Cody, Wyo.


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