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Colorado Christmas
By Evan F.
age: 13

Last year my family and I decided to do something different for Christmas and go to Durango, Colorado to go skiing for a family Christmas trip. This would include me, my brother, my mom, my dad, my grandparents, my great aunt, and my uncle and his girlfriend. I was so excited ever since I had heard the news in October. I had only been to Colorado once before and I had never spent Christmas away from my home before.

My story begins at the threshold of my trip the night before we left for Colorado. We were all (except for my uncle and his girlfriend who were going to fly to Colorado) at my house so we could open our presents from each other, but my brother and I would not open our presents from our parents until Christmas morning in Durango even though we had opened the presents from the rest of our family that night. This was one of my favorite parts of Christmas, opening presents. I got a lot of cool stuff including a new be spread, a new bed comforter, some new video games, some new DVD’s and a lot more.

Finally, it was time for the big present which was from my uncle. It was huge! My mind raced with ideas of what it could have been. But to give me and my brother a hint of what it was, they brought us out a smaller present. It was and Xbox controller! So that must have meant…yes! It was an Xbox! After that, my brother and I decided to try it out and then we decided to bring it with us on the trip to Colorado. When we were through playing the Xbox that night, I went to bed.

The next morning my family and I drove to Colorado. On the road, we passed through New Mexico and saw a lot of scenery. Most of it was just deserts and stuff like that, but we also saw a lot of plateaus and mountains.

After the long fifteen-hour drive, we finally arrived in Durango, Colorado the next day. This town was absolutely beautiful with light emanating from Christmas lights on top of ceilings, snow covered mountains to ski on next to the town, and old restaurants and shops everywhere as well as beautiful hotels.

After walking around the town, we checked into the lodge that we would be spending the holiday at. They showed us to the condominium we were to stay in which had an upstairs kitchen and beautiful living room with a view of the mountains and the bedrooms were downstairs.

The next day we skied all day. Sometimes I would ski with my mom, sometimes I would ski with my dad, other times I would ski with my grandparents, and sometimes I would ski with my brother and we would meet our parents at a restaurant later. We all met at the restaurant and had hot cocoa together.

The next day I did not ski, but I went with my grandparents to an old-fashioned town named Silverton. My grandpa was a tall, bespectacled, gray-haired man and my grandma was a blonde-haired, hazel-eyed woman who usually wore sweaters. So I zipped up my jacket, put on my after-ski boots and we headed off to Silverton for the day. On our way there we saw a lot of scenery. This included more snow-covered mountains, many trees, frozen rivers, hot springs bubbling up in the rivers, and even some elk roaming around. It was a very cold day!

Silverton was a very interesting old gold mining town. It had many old buildings, coffee shops, taverns, motels, and restaurants. First, we went into one of the coffee shops to warm up in. I got a mocha coffee, my grandma got a cappuccino, and my grandpa got a regular coffee with cream. While my grandpa went to go for a walk around the town, my grandma and I decided to stay in the coffee shop where it was warm and play a game of checkers. It was a very close game but my grandma beat me at checkers by getting a triple jump as her final move in the game. After that, the three of us went to an old tavern that was down the street. It had a shiny wooden bar, many stools, a black and white tiled floor, and many different types of beer. Don’t worry I didn’t drink any of the beer! On our way back to Durango, I saw on a mountain one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen in my life. Engraved out of silver was a cross with Jesus on it.

The next day we skied all day again and that night we went to a restaurant to go for a horse-drawn sleigh ride because it was my grandparent’s 40th wedding anniversary and we were celebrating. The sleigh had tasseled velvet seats and the horses that pulled the sleigh were huge! The sleigh ride was about thirty minutes long and it was a very cold night. We had to cover up with blankets. After the sleigh ride, we went inside the restaurant to have tenderloin steaks. Before they brought out the steaks to each of us, they brought us each out a mug of hot cocoa. Each mug of cocoa emitted a chocolaty, seductive scent. I enjoyed it so much as the creamy, chocolaty liquid touched my lips and went down my throat. After that they brought us each out juicy, tenderloin steaks.
The next day was Christmas Eve and we skied all day and that night we had sirloin steaks with mashed potatoes, rolls and green beans for our Christmas dinner. And for dessert we each had a slice of my grandma’s famous chocolate French silk pie. After that we all watched “A Christmas Story” on the TV. I always liked this story because it is the story of a boy that wants a bee-bee gun for Christmas, but everyone keeps on telling him, ”You’ll shoot your eye out”. But he finally does end up getting one for Christmas from his father and he is very happy. After that, we all went to bed but I could not sleep for about an hour because I was so excited thinking about what I would get from my parents that next morning.
When I woke up the next morning, I had just realized that it was Christmas morning! I ran up the stairs and looked around and everyone in my family was waiting for me and I saw that there were presents for me and my brother under the Christmas tree that we had all put up and decorated a couple of days before. I got a fishing game, a portable DVD player, a Hummer H2 clock/radio/CD player, a big pack of M & M’s and an electric toothbrush. My brother got a Verizon Wireless cell phone; a bow-hunting game and the rest of his gifts were the same as me.

After that I put on my ski clothes and made sure that I had my hat, gloves and goggles and we all went skiing again. Today, with my parents and my brother, I went down a black diamond slope for the first time in my life. It was kind of hard to go down, but I am a pretty good skier so it was not too much of a hassle. After we were through skiing I took off my skies, went back to the condominium and I packed up all of my stuff and my family did too. We packed up the car and then we headed back to Austin. For the night, we stayed in a motel in New Mexico and when I went to bed that night I was thinking about the greatest Christmas of my life.

Evan F on writing:
My Christmas trip two years ago with my entire family to Durango, Colorado.

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