Holiday Gift Guide

Last week I wrote about the dark times of November.  It’s still dark and dreary, but I can see the light at the end of the rainy tunnel.  My home in Minnesota is getting pummeled with 16 inches of snow, Starbucks is starting to use their holiday cups, and candy canes have replaced candy corn on my candy list (say that three times fast).  The light at the end of the tunnel is wrapped around a pine tree, dotted with little ornaments and a big old angel on the top.  It’s almost the holidays.


My little sister Val jumping for joy Christmas morning!

Despite the cheer of the holidays, everyone knows it can be stressful.  While I’m excited to go home and spend some quality time with my family and our four-legged furry friend, I would be lying if I said there was no stress.  I love getting people gifts, but I hate getting people the wrong gifts.  The look of fake happiness when someone opens a “dud” goes right up there with watching a kid drop his ice cream cone.  It’s sad, and makes me want to drown my sorrows in a bath of hot chocolate and marshmallows.


The dreaded “dud” face

While that bath sounds pretty good, you wouldn’t want to be drowning your sorrows in it.  So I’ve compiled a list of the best gifts to give a cross country skier.

1. No baggage fees (overweight or otherwise)

2. A weather machine

3. An automatic Klister cleaner (I’ve learned Coach Pat is not one of these)

4. A personal dresser that knows exactly how warm you like to be skiing, and picks out coordinating ski outfits for you, every day.

5. Hair extensions for race day braids

6. Perfect technique

7. Unbreakable poles

8. A personal road paver (bumpy roller ski ODs be gone!)

9. A World Cup in the US

10. A donation to the SMS T2 team

While some of these may be in my stocking come Christmas morning (wouldn’t that be cool if there was a World Cup in my stocking?!), everybody can make sure number 10 happens.


We will be just as excited as this kid is with his Lego Death Star if you donate to the team!

THIS SATURDAY we are hosting our first fundraising dinner at the Stratton Mountain School.  A very generous donor has matched all of our donations up to $25,000 until November 15th.  And there have been at least 38 other donors in the holiday spirit.  Let’s try and make it 50. Every little bit helps, especially when one dollar is two.  Happy (early) Christmahannukwanzadan (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Ramadan all in one word).  Together let’s make this the best holidays yet, and donate to the SMS T2 team!

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Donate to keep the SMS T2 team fast, funded, and a little bit weird.