We spent Christmas in Utah again this year. I love going to Utah for the holidays because there’s a large variety of fun winter activities to do. It’s a winter wonderland out there! It was a fun filled week of skiing, spending time with family, and eating delicious food – three of my very favorite things. Before we left for Utah though, we kicked off our holiday festivities by going to the DC LDS temple. I love this temple. The lights are stunning and the peaceful feeling you get while in the temple and walking around the grounds is a perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.
While in Utah, we went skiing at Deer Valley. This has become a family tradition of sorts. When my parents were engaged, they worked at Deer Valley. They dreamed about someday taking their future family to going skiing there. During my freshman year of college, that dream became a reality and it’s been a tradition ever since! It’s always fun to ski with the family and eat the yummy cookies Deer Valley serves in their lodges! After skiing, we ate an early Christmas Eve dinner at the Goldener Hirsch Inn. If you are looking for a place to eat while in Park City, check out this great restaurant. Every dish at the table was absolutely amazing! It has become one of my favorite places I’ve been to in Park City. Not to mention, the dinner there is well worth it just for the charming setting.
On Christmas Day, we had a wonderful morning spending time together, opening presents, and relaxing. We were all excitedly waiting to Skype with my brother, who is serving a two-year mission in Lima, Peru for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, later that day. This was our first Christmas without him. It was great to see how happy he is! I loved getting to hear his sweet testimony of the gospel. It really strengthened and reaffirmed my testimony of the gospel and the importance of the birth of Jesus Christ. Afterwards, we spent the rest of the day up in Sundance, eating dinner with my extended family. I love how beautiful it is up in Sundance. The mountains, snow, and tall evergreen trees serve as the perfect backdrop for a cozy Christmas dinner.
Near the end of our trip in Utah, we visited the ice castles in Midway. While Justin and I were in school in Utah, we had talked about going to go see the ice castles but never got around to it. Three years later, we finally got the chance to go. It was a really fun experience! The ice castles are made out of harvested icicles and are spectacular to see! I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It was a fun little outing for the whole family and I recommend going to see it if you are ever in the Midway area. Just be sure to bring a big coat and some yummy hot chocolate to drink while you walk around to keep you warm!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that the new year is treating you well!