When even the biggest sports fan doesn't need sports

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Nate Waggenspack

It’s just about time to take a break from sports. Here we are entering the December holiday season with a few more contests before the Colorado High School Activities Association mandates that it’s time to take a couple weeks off.

While nobody loves taking in a game more than me, this is the way it should be. There’s plenty of time for games in 2014. When the end of each year rolls in, it’s okay to take a timeout.

There’s plenty to be excited about with the Moffat County winter sports teams. Both basketball teams are off to good starts, while swimming and wrestling haven’t been too shabby themselves. They’re all looking to head into break on a high note Saturday.

But there’s so much more to be excited about after those games finish.

The holidays are an awesome time to relax and an even better time to eat. I plan on knocking both of those activities out of the park.

But the real reason to be pumped up is for seeing family and friends. I’ll be heading home to Ohio for Christmas and New Year’s and have plans of heading all around the state to enjoy the company of people I don’t see as often as I used to.

That will include some time with family, some with high school friends and some with my college pals.

We grow up and grow apart from some friends or move away from others (or vice versa). Whatever the reasons, the people we want to spend time with when we’re 18 (and 28, and 38, etc.) usually aren’t the exact same group we wanted to hang with at age six.

What I think I’ve learned since moving away from home is we can’t always pick things up where they left off and be best friends with everybody. That makes it even more important to the cherish the people we can see just once or twice a year but still feel like we were hanging out with them yesterday.

That’s why this season is special to me, because I get to see all the people with whom I share the natural connection. My brothers and sister, my mom and dad, and all the very best friends I’ve got. All the folks who somehow won’t get sick of me in the countless hours we’ll spend together coming up. Well, maybe they’ll be a little bit annoyed.

To everybody still reading this sappy mess, happy holidays. I hope the end of 2013 is as great for you as it will be for me.

And I’ll see you making some noise at Moffat County sports next year.

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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