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December is supposed to be a time of celebration, family, delicious meals and the tying up of the loose ends from 2014. We should be making merry, treasured memories, of which real photos are taken and printed out and then placed lovingly into a photo album. We’re meant to carefully choose gifts for our loved ones, and delicately wrap them with special wired, sparkly ribbon. We’re to bake pies from family recipes, and then eat those pies by the tiny sliver slice until our tummy hurts.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but for me it’s more of a blind, slapdash, backwards stumble through the 31 days. I abandon my wild ambitions of all handmade gifts about seven to ten days into the month. I make maybe one or two dishes from the dozens of tabs sticking out of my holiday Food Network Magazine, and only one treasured family recipe (drop cakes—fried dough balls covered in powdered sugar. Because tradition!).
That’s OK, though. December is about making it through. Anything more is a huge victory, and should be celebrated thusly. Did you remember to bring your Secret Santa gift to the office party? Congratulations! You made it to the parade without any of the kids losing their reindeer antler headbands? Incredible! You sent out holiday cards on time? Are you a wizard?? Commemorate these amazing achievements with the cheer this season demands, and the victory cocktails it requires!
Grab your nearest friend or loved one and hold on tight. December is a whirlwind, with all the usual Downtown trappings and then some. For the first time ever, there’s a December Gallery Night—a productive evening of giftshopping or an excuse for a night out amid the chaos? You decide! There’s no shortage of holiday festivities, from stage performances and the popular Winterfest festivities, to the Pelican Drop that will cap the year.
As we enjoy these many December delights, we can’t help but look back fondly on all the greatness that 2014 has heaped upon us. We at DTC are rehashing some of our best memories from the year in a retrospective look at just a few of our favorites from the last 11 months. It’s been an amazing year for our city center and the success is certain to continue.
This month, as is custom, there’s so, so much to do and see Downtown. But if you can’t make it to everything, don’t worry. You’re off the hook for December. There’ll be plenty of time for that next year.
Questions? Comments? Story ideas? Please email Emily Lullo at Emily@ballingerpublishing.com.