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High Points: It’s A Holly Jolly Christmas

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What's your favorite thing about the holidays? Personally I like the mistletoe.

It's time to get the tree, address the cards and go online to order the presents. Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. Today is the 13th, that would be Friday the 13th, and we are now less than two weeks out from the big day, which falls mid-week this year on a Wednesday. Perfect for extending the celebration, or the Christmas trip, for an extra few days.

So the time has come for Christmas cheer and mirth. Come to think of it, mirth and cheer may be my favorite things about the holidays, even more than mistletoe. Anyway, the season really kicked off this past Tuesday at the Hotel Jerome when the Aspen Historical Society presented the Holiday Cookie Exchange and Book Signing.

Call me out of touch, but I did not know the event was taking place so I consider myself lucky for stumbling upon it. Literally stumbling after the first of my Christmas cheer. Regardless, it was a terrific event. Tables full of cookies are always a good thing but a room full of writers is even better. There was Barry Mink with his baseball novel "Second Chance." Across the room sat Sandy Munro, who penned the personal reminiscence of his father's military exploits and his relationship with dad in "Finding Uri."

In the middle, surrounded by copies of "Aspen Potpourri" and coloring books featuring Aspen Victorian Homes from days gone by, was our own Mary Hayes. And in prime position was the prolific Linda Lafferty, who is about to publish her third historical novel in less than two years, "The House of Bathory," which takes the pathos of a Slovakian Countess and brings it to modern day Aspen. We'll all recognize the locals and the personalities in this book, and some just may relate to the Countess.

It is amazing how many writers we have in our community who have taken the time to invest not just their time and talents, but their souls in producing books for others. Bruce Berger was there with a range of titles and Darrell Munsell brought his tome on the history of Colorado mining, "From Redstone to Ludlow: John Cleveland Osgood's Struggle against the United Mine Workers of America."

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Many of these titles and more from Aspen writers can be found at Explore Booksellers, but we are fortunate to live in the age of Amazon and a can turn up all kinds of great Aspen-centric publications. And these make the best of gifts. Kudos to all of these writers, but also kudos to the Historical Society and the Hotel Jerome for bringing every one together on this past Tuesday night.

No doubt there will be more serendipitous moments in the coming couple of weeks. Get out and enjoy the spirit of the season.

And the mistletoe.

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