November - December 2021 Holiday Issue of ViewOn Magazine

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sauce, and cheese, and presented with much fanfare to happy murmurs from the adults and squeals of delight from the children.

Here are a few

local events

Many miles from this scene of felicity and cheer, there is an old college movie theater that was built in the 1920s. Chandeliers hang from its vaulted, paneled ceilings, which are held up by soaring, gold-painted walls. Each Christmas Eve, this grand theater shows It’s A Wonderful Life. Another of my dear friends has found one of her most treasured traditions in viewing this film annually with her adult family.

to create new memories with your loved ones:

During the brisk drive through the biting night air to the theater, each stoplight brings them closer to the bright lights, the jolly crowds, and the soft, creaky seats, and it’s difficult to contain the excitement. When they enter the venerable building, they sigh in relief at the warmth and embrace the familiar dazzle and festive glow of the old lobby, relishing the heady scent of fresh, buttery popcorn. Everywhere, the enthusiasm is palpable. Families and friends congregate to chat while waiting in line for the free popcorn and soda offered that night.

Handel’s Messiah December 12–13, 7:30 p.m.

Heritage Center, Cedar City, UT www.MyOSU.org

Dickens Christmas Festival

Soon, all have found their seats, the lights dim, the old red curtain gathers itself steadily upwards to reveal the screen, and the picture begins. Every soul in the theater is delighted with the magic and the charm of the movie as if each has never seen it before. And when the show ends, they cheer and clap as if for the most extraordinary of live performances. Says my friend, “It ain’t Christmas unless George Bailey learns that he matters from an angel named Clarence!”

December 14, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

St. George, UT www.DickensChristmasFestival.com

Craftmania by LV Craft Shows

Each recollection is a patch that makes up a quilt of our own unique Christmas memories. Each quilt is distinct, but a common thread weaves through each one and binds it together—family. Love, kindness, and forgiveness seem to come to the surface more at Christmas, but selflessness can be shown throughout the whole year, and the first recipients of our love and compassion should be our families. During this Christmastime and through all the years to come, let us recapture the magic of the season by connecting (or reconnecting) with those that we love, dismissing grudges, recalling happy memories together, and deciding now to form new ones. Have the merriest of Christmases!V

December 12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Henderson, NV www.Eventbrite.com/e/craftmania-tickets

Kanab Christmas Light Parade and Festival November 27, 6:30 p.m.

Kanab, UT www.VisitSouthernUtah.com/events/kanabs-christmaslight-parade-and-festival

" Our hearts grow tender

with childhood memories and love of

Christmas in the Canyon

kindred, and we are better throughout

at Tuacahn

the year for having, in spirit, become a

November 26–December 23, 6–9 p.m.

child again at Christmastime." -

Ivins, UT www.Tuacahn.org/concert/christmas-in-the-canyon

Laura Ingalls Wilder

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