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The spirit of second-home owners

Dear Editor:

The Sardy Tree shining red with tiny flickering green lights – filling a cold, dark night with its radiance – made me realize that Christmas lights aren’t about Christmas, but are beacons to guide people home on long winter nights.

The “Lighting of the Sardy House Tree” had been an Aspen tradition for decades. But the landmark faded into a “Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree” when a longtime local converted the old home into a hotel. When the lodge later sold to – horrors, an equity fund guy from Florida – I figured lights were out.

Instead, “this new guy” has given Aspen a magical tree that glows high into a winter sky, lightening hearts and inspiring awe and joy with its mood-changing displays of color.

So thank you, whoever “Sardy House New, LLC, Real Estate Ventures of Key Biscayne, Florida” is. Thank you for the tree and reminding us that even newcomers can give Aspen traditions and magic.

Shellie Roy


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