Traditions taking shape |

Traditions taking shape

Probably my favorite part of the holidays are the traditions, those that have been around for generations and even those just beginning to take root — all of which contribute to making this time of year just a little more special. Like shopping up until Christmas Eve (OK, maybe not that one).

For generations, my family has incorporated our Norwegian heritage into our holiday celebration — something I’m trying to pass on to my kids. And we have little things we do each year, like watch the “Polar Express,” open new PJs on Christmas Eve, ornament making with good friends and so on.

But this year, I realized that many things we now do, which I hope become long-standing traditions, are shaped by our community. Mommy-daughter dates to lunch and a performance of the “Nutcracker” (see page 8), one-on-one time shopping with each of my girls in town to pick out presents for each other, visits to Eddie T. Elf (we’ll miss you Eddie!) and stops at local wineries and food shops to share our great local bounty with out-of-town friends and family.

And this year, it’s almost easier than ever to continue our traditions. Sierra Cinemas will present the “Polar Express” in 2D and 3D beginning Christmas Day through Jan. 5 (a very cool experience in 3D for people of any age). See page 6 for details.

Smith Vineyards is also hosting its traditional 12 Days of Giving, which makes giving local products that much better. The Grass Valley winery will give 20 percent of its proceeds to a new nonprofit each day for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. The first week went well and the winery hopes to finish strong up to Christmas Eve to bring in more cheer for local nonprofits this holiday season.

The six final days will benefit:

Thursday (Dec. 19) – Hospice

Friday – Livingwell Medical

Saturday – Anew Day

Sunday – Kare Crisis Nursery

Monday – Hospitality House

Tuesday – DVSAC

Smith Vineyards Tasting Room is located at 142 Mill St. in Grass Valley.

This is the year I’m hoping to start a new tradition as well, by gifting my children handcrafted, local artwork. The possibilities are endless and it hopefully will create a foundation for a lifetime of art appreciation. Happy holidays!

Please note that next week’s edition of Prospector will be our New Year’s Eve roundup. If you have events or information to share, please let me know by noon Friday at Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at or by calling 530-477-4219.

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