Sunday, December 19, 2010

When Chirstmas comes to Park City

We have a lot of the same things in Park City that other towns have, with a little twist. Santa comes down the ski lift or skis down to visit the kids. We have torch light parades down the slopes. All of it is great for getting in the Christmas spirit.

However, we also have our events that are more similar to the swallows returning to Capistrano. This Saturday, the tourists returned to town. I was leaving the grocery store yesterday when I saw a mom, her teenage daughter and another daughter, probably six. All three were wearing very stylish fur boots (for the slush outside). The teenager had on blue jeans that probably cost $300. The young girl had sparkly strands carefully woven into her hair. They were buying about $30 worth of Starbucks beverages to go with their shopping cart of food. Because everything was bagged, I could only see the chips, popcorn, low-calorie granola bars, and pre-cooked bacon. Ah, vacation!

The town will be quite different for the next two weeks as the Californians, New Yorkers, and Texans all roll into town, each bringing their own style and culture. For a town recovering from a hard recession, thank goodness they are also bringing their money.
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