Winter Blogfest: Beth Carpenter

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The Moose That Attempted to Eat Christmas Lights


The first year after we moved to Alaska, I’d made arrangements for the teenager down the block to babysit while my husband and I attended his company Christmas party. Alas, just before she was due to arrive, she called to say she couldn’t leave her house because there was a moose in her yard attempting to eat the Christmas lights.* Turns out that being late because of a moose that refuses to leave is not an uncommon excuse in Anchorage.

Despite the unique challenges—or maybe because of them—I I love Christmas in Alaska. Yes it’s cold and dark (only five-and-a-half hours of daylight in Anchorage on winter solstice) but the Christmas lights reflect against the snow, lighting up the night. A Christmas star perches on the mountain and shines out over the city. Children squeal and giggle as they sled down the hill in the park across the street. And the whole city looks like a Christmas card. 

Outdoorsy people in Anchorage don’t let winter slow them down. They cross-country ski or ride fat-tire bikes on the trails all across the city or ice skate on Westchester lagoon. On one day shortly before Christmas, the Alyeska ski area in nearby Girdwood hosts a “Santa skis free” day, and the mountain is covered with Santa’s doppelgangers swooshing down the runs. The rest of us enjoy watching the snowfall through the window while we sip hot chocolate beside a crackling fire. 
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This year after Christmas, we probably won’t be gathering downtown for fireworks as usual. Still, the days will start to get longer, the moose will still roam the streets, and we’ll ring in a new year. Here’s hoping it’s a good one, in my hometown and yours. 

*FYI, the moose did not actually bite into the lights and eventually wandered off, unharmed. 

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Beth Carpenter is thankful for good books, a good dog, a good man and a dream job creating happily-ever-afters. She and her husband now split their time between Alaska and Arizona, where she occasionally encounters a moose in the yard or a scorpion in the basement. She prefers the moose.

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