With the holiday season in full swing, I often reminisce to family traditions we had while growing up. Christmas brunch at my parents was always a highlight, as my mom would cook a huge feast of all our favorites. The only downfall was that I had to beg and plead for a reasonable amount of frosting on the cinnamon rolls. Another (not so proud) tradition of mine, was to fake illness, so I could stay home from school and hunt for the presents “Santa” hid. If you grew up in the 90s, and you were a boy, you probably had the Nintendo video game, Super Tecmo Bowl.  

As a card carrying sports fanatic, this particular game was one of the most highly anticipated releases in Nintendo history. In one of my finest heist jobs, I located the game my parents favorite hiding spot, carefully cut the cellophane with a razor blade, and played for eight hours straight one day. When my folks were to be heading home from work, I strategically put the game back in the box, and used a tiny bit of tape to make the packaging look intact.

Now that Kate and I have young children, there is nothing quite like seeing how excited kids are on Christmas morning. When asking our 5-year-old son what he wanted for Christmas, I had to plant the seed that he should ask for a slot car electric race track. I may be pushing age 40, but who doesn’t love playing with a remote control race track?

Obviously, there is so much more to this season than receiving. It is an honor to live in a community that is full of so many selfless individuals. Whether donating food to a pantry, money to a cause, gifts to a family in need, or simply volunteering time, the citizens of Boulder County certainly know how to answer the call.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from our family to yours!
Andy Manz