In my mind COVID is the Grinch that stole my Christmas. To enjoy our grandchildren Christmas morning in San Francisco, we would be placed under mandatory ten-day quarantine. Obviously, plans have changed. We are now celebrating a quiet holiday at home. 

Midway, Sleigh ride
Photo by Scot Zimmerman

Heber Valley is a wonderful place to spend Christmas in less contagious times. There are so many activities to enjoy: snowy sleigh rides, bell-ringing performances, local acting companies performing plays, the special Polar Express Heber Creeper, tubing, winter bikes, cross-country skiing, sledding and the magic of lights reflecting from snow and snow-laden bows in a very beautiful alpine setting. Today, my photos take us inside a Midway home where our hostess Allison Larsen has readied her home for Christmas celebrations.

Entry, Christmas tree, Christmas decor
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Midway, Christmas tree, Christmas ornaments
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Santa figurine, Christmas decor
Photo by Scot Zimmerman

Opening the door, the entry announces that this is a home that loves to celebrate Christmas. The first tree to be encountered is nestled in the curve of the stairway. 

Midway, Great room, Christmas decor, Christmas tree, Mantle, Fireplace
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Christmas decor, Poinsettia, Santa figurine
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Midway, Christmas tree, Fireplace, Mantle, Garland, Christmas decor
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Christmas tree, Christmas ornaments
Photo by Scot Zimmerman

Proceeding to the great room, a roaring fire awaits, ready to warm cold toes. Another tree welcomes guests. 

Midway, Christmas decor, Dining room, Garland
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Christmas decor, Light fixture, Crystal, Dining room
Photo by Scot Zimmerman

The same care and attention is brought to the dining room.

But, what is Christmas without cookies and homemade treats? She transforms the dining table with the special treats she makes from family recipes, each with a story.

Midway, Christmas desserts, Christmas decor, Dining room table
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Christmas desserts, Christmas decor, Dining room table
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Midway, Christmas desserts, Christmas decor, Dining room table
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Christmas desserts, Christmas decor, Dining room table
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Midway, Christmas desserts, Christmas decor, Dining room table
Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Christmas desserts, Christmas decor, Dining room table
Photo by Scot Zimmerman

I think these photos can best be enjoyed with some carols playing. 

Happy holidays to you. May we celebrate (a little further apart) and remember the many blessings of the year despite the year’s challenges and hardships. Stay safe; stay well. 

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