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Christmas is Coming

December 15, 2015
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

Ready or not - here it comes! Christmas is only ten days away.

The anxious faces of young ones as they see Santa Claus is always priceless. Some are a little shy, but most all have wish lists as long as their arms. So... parents, pay attention. There may be some items on those wish lists even you aren't aware of.

Preparing to travel for the Christmas holiday is always a little tricky. Old Man Winter likes to open his bag of surprises. But there always seems to be a window of opportunity to get to that special destination.

As you travel this season, here are a few spots of interest from the Travel Iowa:

Earlier this month we missed the Holly Jolly Night Hike in Honey Creek and the Tuba Christmas in Mason City. Mannheim Steamroller, one of my favorites, is performing in Ames tonight. Their show is one of the longest running tours in the music industry. We have been to a couple of their concerts and would be willing to go again. The Wizard of Oz opens on stage in Des Moines today and runs through Dec. 20.

This sounds interesting:?The National Acrobats and the Circus of the People's Republic of China performs Dec. 19 in Fairfield. Direct from Beijing, China's preeminent circus company performs gravity-defying acrobatics, solo trapeze, feet juggling with umbrellas, unicycles, grand martial arts, and aerial silk.

Need a unique last minute gift??Artist Valerie Miller creates colorful portraits of female cows that she fondly refers to as "the girls." She has transformed barn-sized murals into two-inch square magnets. Steel Cow Artwork Magnets are in Waukon.

Closer to home is The Kaleidoscope Factory in Pocahontas. We visited the factory once and had a delightful time. Just in time for Christmas is the factory's Mini Teleidoscope. Teleidoscopes have small mirrors and a clear marble at the end, fracturing everything you view into an array of shapes and colors, much like a kaleidoscope. If you are interesting in going, Leonard typically has the store open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For a little Christmas snack, enjoy Maytag Blue Cheese from Newton. In production since 1941, Maytag Blue Cheese wheels are still hand-formed and aged in Iowa caves. The last time we were there, my travel partner (the late, great Dorothy Muckey) purchased blue cheese and enjoyed it in the car on a warm spring day. Smelled...delightful.

Before heading out to Grandma's house for the holidays, check out our local businesses for Christmas treasures. Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce has adopted the slogan "Look Local First."?Give our local businesses a look when last-minute shopping.

 
 
 

 

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