My favorite day of the year, living in Palmer, Alaska

Colony Christmas is a town celebration in Palmer each December. It commemorates the first Christmas the Colonists were in Palmer. It had been a hard first season of hacking out fields, crops, and homes and barns from wilderness. Everyone had next to nothing and spirits were low. The train brought in gifts to raise their spirits, with treats like a box of oranges. Now Colony Christmas is a chance to enjoy the best things about Palmer: a warm, caring sense of community, sharing what we have, and having fun together.

Here are pictures of us with the reindeer, the horse-drawn wagon going around town, and a photo of the “Tuba Christmas” concert put on by everyone with a tuba within 100 miles. A few didn’t make it coming from Anchorage because they got lost, but it sounded amazing and we all sang along.

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