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FEATURES THE BELL STILL RINGS FOR ALL WHO TRULY BELIEVE We asked some of our younger locals what they love about the holiday season.

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We asked some of our younger readers what they love about the holidays. Their answers will melt your heart.

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Brandt, age 11 One thing I love about Christmas is getting to drink hot chocolate and playing outside in the cold weather. I also like to spend quality time with my family and worshipping God.

Carter, age 12 I love the holidays because of the feelings of kindness that are spread throughout the world. I love that through all our struggles, the holidays are a time when we can all gather together with our loved ones.

Brielle, age 4 Because we get to eat candy canes.

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Evelyn, age 5 I love eating cookies, opening presents, and decorating the house for Christmas. It’s fun, and helps the house look pretty ,and it makes me feel like Christmas inside.

Bella, age 9 To me, Christmas is about celebrating Jesus. It's about giving, not receiving, and spending time with family.

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Vienna, age 5 I love the presents and Elf on the shelf. I like new pajamas because they are merry. Christmas lights on the house is also my favorite. I think it looks beautiful and it makes me feel great!

I like Christmas because Santa brings me presents and we get to sing Christmas songs.

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Henleigh, age 10 I love Christmas because I get to spend time with my family and my friends. I like watching movies with my siblings. I love decorating the Christmas tree.

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Kennedy, age 6 My favorite thing about the holidays is decorating the Christmas tree because I love looking at all our ornaments and making the house look like Christmas.

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I love Christmas because I have family time and I know I am loved.

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Taylor, age 12 I love the holidays because we can gather our families together and I love the special meaning and messages of the holiday season.

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Leo, age 9 Thanksgiving food with cousins

I love the holidays because I get to see my grandparents, spend time with my family, and eat yummy food.

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Violet, age 8 Christmas feels special and everyone has joy. Probably because Jesus was born on Christmas.

I love getting family together and sharing presents. I also love all of the decorations and food!

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Emmy, age 4 My favorite thing is going to get our Christmas tree (we cut down our own in the mountains) and I love playing with the nativity figures when Mommy isn’t looking.

Thanksgiving is not all about the food; it is also about being thankful. Christmas is not just about presents; it is also about love and spending time with family.

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Lexie, age 10 I love spending time with my family and giving to others. I also love our family traditions this time of year. My favorite thing to do is decorate our Christmas tree with our special ornaments that my Grandma gives us every year.

Henry, age 10 My favorite things about the holidays are Christmas carols and Christmas cookies. And presents, of course!

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Their slogan is "Busy days deserve great food." And they have structured their business model to meet that belief. With same-day delivery (if ordered before 10 am), a busy schedule and lack of planning are no obstacle. Having a large family, I also love that all meals are geared towards families, easyily feeding four adults. Because with six kids, every day is a busy day. Unlike other meal kit companies, Modern Plate is not subscription based. You don't have to be a member, pay monthly fees, or have minimum orders. There is no commitment. Do they have our attention now? But one of my favorite things about this company is something you and I will never even see. It's the way they give back to our community. A percentage of all revenue is given to their Families Feeding Families program – giving back to our community by partnering with non-profits who care for at-risk families. Awesome. Not all meal kit companies are the same. And Modern Plate is separating themselves as the front runner.


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a thrill of HOPE Downtown Parker comes alive during the holiday season. The lights, music, and events have made our town rich in the spirit of the season. Starting in early October, over 75,000 lights are strung at O’Brien Park, the Old Schoolhouse, Ruth Chapel, Mainstreet, Pikes Peak Drive, Town Hall, PACE Center, and Discovery Park. There are well over 100 of the “snowflake” lights that hang from the cottonwood trees at O’Brien Park alone. To help you not miss out on any of the festivities this year, we take a look at the events our Town puts on each year. More information can be found at parkeronline.org. CREATE HOLIDAY MEMORIES IN DOWNTOWN PARKER Usher in the holidays enjoying a kick-off weekend of activities and accents to downtown Parker. Take a leisurely stroll from O’Brien to Discovery Park and grab a selfie or a family picture by the Town tree, park lights at Discovery Park, or at one of the fun holiday décor attractions along the way! While you stroll through downtown, enjoy the pre-recorded holiday music playing through speakers and accents to our beautiful Downtown Parker. Activities will be spread throughout the weekend, both day and evenings. From ice sculpture carvings along Mainstreet to activities with Santa’s elf, a toy soldier, a real live holiday tree, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and food vendors in O’Brien Park, all are magic. SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS THROUGH DEC. 19 Downtown Parker will come alive for the 2021 holiday 20 SEARCHPARKER

season! Visit Candy Cane Lane at Discovery Park, Toyland on Mainstreet and Santa's Workshop at O'Brien Park for a fun family selfie - it might even be a great addition to your holiday cards! The Town has also invited our holiday walk-around characters from Thanksgiving weekend to stick around on Saturdays and Sundays (from noon to 4 p.m.) through Dec. 19. WHERE IN DOWNTOWN PARKER IS THE XFINITY ELF? In addition to the festive holiday lights and décor, the Town invites you to an Elf Around Town Scavenger Hunt! This holiday season, on Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Christmas (Nov. 27 through Dec. 19), the Town of Parker and Xfinity invite you and your family to find one of Santa’s real live elves around downtown Parker. If you see the Xfinity Elf around town, take a picture of him and post the picture on the Town’s Facebook page, sharing where around town you saw him. All entries will be entered into a prize drawing! PORCH PARADE SERIES; WINTER HOLIDAYS The community is invited to celebrate with the Town of Parker by decorating your front porches, yards, patios or balconies! Unleash your creativity, bring some holiday joy to your friends and neighbors, and have a chance at winning prizes. The Town of Parker will produce a virtual map with the locations of all our registered porches, so you can plan a walk or drive around your neighborhood and the community to see and share in the celebration.


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