Merry Christmas!! I hope everyone is safely on the Nice List this year and looking forward to spending a wonderful season with family and friends. Ozark Mountain Christmas season is a super busy time in Branson and at our cabins.
We love hearing about all your family groups as they gather to enjoy making special memories together in our cabins. It is nearly impossible to get all our family together for a holiday and this Christmas we will be missing Jarrod, Kinsey, Eli, and Lily. We got to enjoy time with them at Thanksgiving. Jarrod is a Captain on the fire department in Houston TX and, as many of you know, holidays are just another day in those type professions. We will be seeing Mandy, Gavin, and Lexy at Christmas. We missed them at Thanksgiving. Every Sunday after Church is a “holiday” at our house, and love it when all our local kids and grandkids gather at our table. In 2011 and 2012, our son Josh, was deployed to the middle east. While he was gone, we put a picture of him and request for prayer in our cabins. We were overwhelmed at the response of our cabin friends telling us they were praying for him. Thankfully, he returned home safely. Recently, he learned he will be deploying again. We will see him for a few days at Christmas, then he is off on a peacekeeping mission to eastern Europe. Prayers for him, his fellow soldiers, and their families are much appreciated. His little Wyatt (2 ½ years old) will miss him terribly!
The last several years we have met friends in Branson and spent a grandparent day (with no grandkids!) at Silver Dollar City. (Yes, Cora—grandparents CAN have fun there!) We were there a week or so ago and had a wonderful day! The 5 million lights at Silver Dollar City are truly magical! We always love it! The play “The Christmas Carol” at the Opera house was splendid, as usual. We never tire of seeing it! The Living Nativity is an amazing portrayal of the Christmas story. It is only about 20 min long- but it is one presentation that we never miss! The whole day was fantastic and we loved adding it to our gallery of special memories.
It had been many years since we experienced The Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills, so this year we decided to check it out. We always thought was a bit pricey since they charge per person instead of per car but – oh my goodness—it was a spectacular display of lights, animated figures, themed displays, and on and on! It is 2 ½ miles long and driving at about 2 miles per hour it takes a while. Then at the end of the drive, you also get to go up in the Inspiration Tower. At 230 feet high, (the second highest point in MO) it could be an amazing view- if it wasn’t so dark. Ha It was still a nice ending to a very enjoyable drive.
Our friend, Brenda Taylor, stayed with us at our Little Creek Cabin home on this trip. Besides keeping the cabins from being jealous of each other (ha), we try to stay in each one to catch maintenance needs, etc. Staying on top of each one is always a chore but we do try our best.
Our next trip will be our usual extended winter trip. It is always a busy busy time for us as we upgrade, repair, restock, put away Christmas, trim bushes, etc etc.
If you are planning a summer trip, give us a call so we can get you reserved. Some of the summer dates are already booked especially in the bigger cabins.
The cabins are open for guests all winter (we do our projects around your reservations) and it can be a wonderful time to get away with friends or just as a couple. Sit around the fire, drink hot chocolate, read a book, visit with each other, enjoy the hot tub-- Sounds amazing! Life can get so crazy—take a few days and relax at one of the cabins!
Again, from our family to yours—we wish you a Merry Christmas and the very best New Year!
Brenda and Charles