December 2011 ‘Nature gives to every season, a beauty all its own’
It is Charles Dickens who wrote: “Nature gives to every season, a beauty all its own.” In December, colorful sunrises crown shortened days and sunsets silhouette the landscape. We are waiting for more than a dusting of snow to give snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts the Christmas gift they want most. The ice is beginning to thicken so anglers patiently wait. It is a busy, but joyous time of the year. Most of us whittle away at our to do lists and fill our calendars with activities that make the season bright from decorating the tree to gathering with friends. For those who shop here, the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Jingle Bells Sweepstakes offers five $1,000 prizes and one $5,000 prize. Participating businesses are giving customers a ticket for each $10 spent in their stores. The lucky winners will be announced at a celebration Dec. 15 at Century School. Hundreds of people gather at this annual community evening of food, music, fun and door prizes. A weekend or a week here to embrace the joys of the season, experience nature and take life at a different pace may be the best gift to you and yours for the holidays. Some may want to hit the trails. Others would prefer a concert, go to a play or find church ladies selling homemade lefse. Visitors are always welcome to share the culture of those who live here and enjoy the area’s natural beauty. All season, Park Rapids’ giant tree brightens Main Street on winter nights and stands as a symbol of small town cheer and good will, lighting the way to a New Year. Take time in December to smell the hot chocolate or celebrate the arrival of a New Year. If you need help planning a memorable and affordable visit or if you have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.