Livin’ It Up: Countdown to Christmas |

Livin’ It Up: Countdown to Christmas

Andy Bockelman is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society, and his movie reviews appear in Explore Steamboat and the Craig Daily Press.

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With only a few more shopping days until Christmas, there's precious little time to waste to make your holiday the best it can be for you and yours.

With the holiday falling on the weekend this year, it shouldn't upset your schedule too much to spend Dec. 24 and 25 at home.

But before you settle in for the family togetherness, there are still some fun activities leading up to the big day to bring your spirit to its peak.

It can be tough for children to decide what they want to see under the tree or in their stocking with so many choices today.

For the kids who have had difficulty choosing between a pony, PlayStation or a new pair of socks, the Craig Daily Press will make sure Santa Claus gets your correspondence with time to spare.

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Northwest Colorado youth can bring their letters to Santa to the Daily Press office, 466 Yampa Ave. The only requirement is to include your first name and age.

Don't worry about the rest of the details — the big guy can take it from there.

Besides going to the North Pole, all the letters collected by the Press will run in our Christmas Eve issue of the Saturday Morning Press.

The deadline to bring letters in is 5 p.m., Friday, so get to writing. For more information, call 824-7031.

The last seven days saw plentiful performances from students within the city limits of Craig. Tonight, another area school gets its chance to shine.

The students of Maybell Elementary School, 30 Haynes Ave., will present the play "The Year Santa Forgot Christmas" at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The only admission price is one non-perishable food item per person to help the less fortunate have a Merry Christmas.

The Maybell Parent Advisory Committee will also have hot drinks and cookies following the show, while kids get the opportunity to meet the star of the play and take pictures with him. For more information, call 272-3266.

The little ones aren't the only people who will be having a good time today, as anybody with a sweet tooth can attest of this next event.

As part of the Wellness Wednesday program for this week, Aging Well will host a holiday cookie exchange at noon today at The Journey at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. Everyone who attends is asked to bring in one or two dozen of the treats to share with others.

So, waste no time and get your gingerbread, shortbread, chocolate chip and sugar cookies in the oven and ready to go.

Call 871-7676 with any questions.

With all the cooking, shopping, wrapping and other details of the season, it might be hard to find a few hours to sit down with some popcorn and be entertained.

But, if you've got the time, you should be happy with the results you find at the local bijou.

West Theatre is pleased to announce its latest development, the installation of digital projection.

The first movie it screens in digital format will be "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows." It will also be bringing in the family-friendly "We Bought a Zoo."

While you're taking it easy on your holiday break, now is the time to get the DVD or Blu-ray player fired up. New releases include the inspirational "Dolphin Tale" or the female twist on "The Tempest" starring Helen Mirren.

New Christmas movies are in short supply at Redbox, but if you're looking for non-holiday movies, you can find the mother lode this week, with action-oriented features like "Warrior," "Straw Dogs" and the unrated version of "Colombiana." If none of those strike your fancy, Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" may do the trick.

You can also purchase an electronic gift card to send to the movie-lovers on your present list through

If you are looking for a good selection of viewing to watch Christmas Eve, look for my feature on overlooked holiday films on our website within the next few days.

Until next week, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good read.

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Weekend Movie Showtimes

West Theatre

29 E. Victory Way


• “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” PG-13; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday

• “We Bought A Zoo,” PG; 7 and 9:05 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

• Tickets: $7 for ages 10 and older, $5 for ages 9 and younger

• Sunday matinee: $5 for ages 10 and older, $4 for ages 9 and younger

Submit your event

Submit your event’s details for consideration by emailing me at mballeck@craigdai… or calling 875-1790.

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