By: Amy Walter

Since I missed you last week, Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully you all enjoyed it and ate way too much food like I did. This year my family had a very small get together but the time with my immediate family was much appreciated. I’m of course thankful for them all the time but to have a special day set aside for me to appreciate them a little more really makes me take a step back and appreciate what I have.

If you were able to dig your way out of the snow this past weekend hopefully you got to check out some of our holiday happenings. I know I said I was going to make it to as many as I could but to be honest with you the snow scared me a little bit but next year I’m coming for you

A “Lure” of Lights

Winter, snow or not! I did however get to a small craft event at the Stone Lake Lion’s Hall on Saturday. I didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without but I love seeing small towns come together with their homemade crafts.

Although I missed the opening night of the Lure of Lights I did take a drive up Main Street late one night when there was no cars and no one around and just enjoyed the beauty of the Christmas lights and decorations. Great job everyone involved, you should be proud of yourselves! If you haven’t driven up Main Street at night be sure you do.

If you’re still looking for something to do December is full of events! December 7th alone is going to be a fun packed day with so many things to choose from. Start off by participating in the Ugly Sweater 5K right in the City of Hayward, put on your best ugly sweater and take a stroll around town. Registration is at 9am and the race starts at 10am. If that’s not your thing stop in the Hayward High School for A Cane Christmas: Craft and Gift Sale from 9am-3pm, maybe you can find a few Christmas gifts there. Be sure you don’t miss the Hot Chocolate Crawl from 12pm-3pm on Main Street, stop in for a sample from the businesses and judge which one you like best. Birchwood is also having a Christmas Fest Saturday from 9am-5pm at the Birchwood School with crafters and vendors, door prizes, silent auctions, concessions, and kid’s activities. They also have quite a few activities going on at the Village Hall on Main Street.

December 14th is also going to be a fun day with free horse drawn sleigh rides from 12pm-3pm followed by the Light Your Enginges Parade at 5pm on Main Street in Hayward. I’ve been to the parade and it is so much fun! The creativity and hard work put into each and every one of them is so cool to see, just make sure you bundle up!

Finish off the Lure of Lights events December 21st with Shue’s Pond Festivities from 12pm-3pm as well as the Gingerbread House Contest also happening from 12pm-3pm. Gingerbread houses are turned in to the Hayward Mercantile Co. between the 12th and 15th then judged the 21st. If you’re interested in participating grab a registration form and put your gingerbread decorating skills to the test.

I hope some of these have caught your interest and you can find something to do, I sure wish I had more time to check out all of them. Stop back next week to see what I was able to make it to!