The Christmas shopping countdown is in its final days. It’s game on in many households. Not this one. This year I’ve decided I really don’t need more junk— and by that I mean toys, video games, unnecessary gadgets and the like. Sure, I want everyone to have a happy holiday. I want my kids to have smiles on their faces on Christmas day— but I want to have a smile too, and adding more clutter to my kitchen, closet, family room or toy box won’t do that. Instead, I’m giving my kids the gift of travel.
"I’m giving my kids the gift of travel."
Living in Chicago, we get to sail the Great Lakes, visit world class museums and dine at fabulous restaurants. Big city life has a lot to offer, but mountains aren't one of them. Still, my sons, 11 and 13, are avid skiers, now entering their third year at a local ski club. Every Saturday morning in the winter, they travel 90 minutes just to reach a 250 foot vertical drop! Yep, our mountains are hills by Western standards. Our flat corner of the globe is farm country, not ski country.
Heading for the Mountains
This year’s Christmas gift is the chance for my boys to ski with the big boys out west! I want them to experience the thrill of skiing in the mountains. I want their spirits to fly as they hit the slopes in Park City and I want my 3 year old daughter to get started early. This is a Christmas gift they’ll remember a lot longer than the latest video game.
Under the tree they’ll find new ski jackets and other ski equipment. My daughter’s first pair of goggles will come with a note saying enjoy the view, her first helmet with a reminder, enjoy the ride. I know, it’s not a dollhouse, an XBox or a Playstation, but I’m hoping the play that happens on the slopes will be worth a lot more in the long run.
A Great Family Value
Skiing is a wonderful way to bond with your kids, with no electronic interruptions. Unplugging and laughing as you ride the chairlift together, enjoying the breeze and the natural beauty as you glide down the mountain and sharing your thoughts about the runs at the end of the day.
Here’s to a great holiday. Cheers!
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