Back when we lived in Florida, Susan and I would take a weekend in early December and head to St. Augustine FL, just to get into the holiday mood. It was decorated to the max and the Christmas shopping was great. Well up here in New England, Stowe is a pretty good place to catch the Holiday Spirit. The weekend of December 7 & 8, Stowe has it’s “Traditional Christmas in Stowe” festival. We have a children’s lantern parade to light all the Christmas lights and trees on Main Street. On Saturday we have an Alpine Christmas Market with artisans, craftsmen, and food vendors to make the season bright! Activities include a Cooking Making Contest, Candy Cane making demonstrations, Free Skating, Free Hay Rides and strolling Carolers. And of course, the big guy himself, Santa stops by Stowe. Along with all that Holiday Cheer, we have SNOW! Six inches fell last night (about 10 inches on the mountain), so early season skiing is underway. At last check we had 5 lifts running and 22 trails open. Not bad for November!! The mountain is offering early season rates right now. More on that and the new lift ticket discounts in my next blog.