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Gifts of the valley

Dear Editor:

After a lovely Christmas Eve dinner of delicious homemade butternut squash soup and salad with my wonderful family, I went to bed with a full stomach and thought about all my many blessings.

My aunt and uncle gave our Christmas turkey to a family in need in Denver, and we decided not to do any gifts this year. Despite our agreement, I woke up on Christmas morning and received the most amazing gifts in the world. These gifts didn’t come in wasteful wrapping paper or at the expense of a degraded environment, because that’s not what Christmas is all about. I was given the fortunate gifts of waking up to a new day with the sun shining and the opportunity to go skiing with my beautiful loving mother who has given me the most incredible life.

Every day is a gift when you wake up and are reminded that you live in one of the most spectacular mountain communities in the world, full of the most generous, giving, conscious people that care about each other’s happiness and well being. With all the strife, hunger, oppression, sadness and struggle in the world, we have so much to be grateful for this holiday season.

I am grateful for all of our many friends in the valley who have been so kind and have influenced our lives throughout the years. I am grateful for all of the smiling familiar faces around town and for our breath-taking surroundings. I am grateful for having food on the table and shelter overhead, and most of all I am grateful for my health and for the health of my family and friends. So in the words of spiritual leader Deepak Chopra, “Be content not with your lot in life but with being here in the flow of life.”

I am blessed to be here in the flow of life with all of the many enlightened inhabitants of the Roaring Fork Valley who have always been there for my family, and for that I am truly grateful. I couldn’t have asked for a better gift this Christmas season. Lots of love and happy holidays!

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Katrina DeVore

Aspen

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