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What We Learned: December 2020

Things that inspired this issue, and what our editors discovered along the way.

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Even as COVID-19 numbers are rising, families and businesses are searching for ways to keep holiday traditions alive. Our article on page 11 shares the contact-free ways Santa has found to visit with children this year. And, for families who need to stay connected with loved ones at high risk for severe illness, we’ve gathered some thoughtful and safe ideas to make them feel a part of the celebration.

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Finding gifts that kids love­—and that will keep them occupied—is more important than ever. Check out our gift guide on page 26 for 50 kid-tested and parent-approved toys.

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Snow tubing takes the fun of sledding to the next level. Discover the five tubing spots within 90 minutes of Denver, on page 54.

Leave it

Leave the negative end-of-year memes. Instead, examine the way your family has grown from this year’s challenges. Page 18.

Can’t Wait

Metro Denver is filled with magical and creative spins on holiday festivities this month. This is the year to view Parade of Lights floats close up, see light displays with less crowds, and watch a world-class Nutcracker ballet, while the kids dance along in the living room. Find more ideas in our Calendar of Events on page 43.

You Said it

“Kwanzaa is a reflective time to shine a light on recommitting to the good.”
—Donna “Jawanna” Norris, Denver artist and Kwanzaa Project Weaver, on page 20

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