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December Holidays in Sedona…

I’m a “Friday’s Child” and Christmas Day is my birthday.

What will I do on my birthday?  Well, I set out to find out what Sedona and the Verde Valley might offer me during the rest of the year.  Absolutely fascinating all the choices:

Verde Canyon Train

The Verde Canyon Railroad came to mind.  I

Verde Canyon Train Depot

 have been wanting to do this for several years and, well, time goes by…  The Santa Express is available on 12/23…shall I go?  $49.95 for Seniors in coach… or is First Class the way to go at $79.95? 

I searched for some other offerings and found this wonderful site that covers a multitude of choices, even Poker and a Karaoke Nite! 

But, what special places and things can I do on or near my birthday…??!!

One of my personal loves about Sedona is the Sedona Chamber Music organization, so I went to their websiteI can actually attend a Christmas Eve celebration with Jazz as the music choice of the event!  (It’s on my calendar)

While “browsing” on Google, I found this website that gave many of the origins of Christmas throughout the world…great to get you into the mood!

Still searching for what to do Christmas Day!

Maybe a restaurant…  Elote!  I haven’t been but have heard nothing but rave reviews.  My personal favorite, Shugrues, is closed on Christmas Day, the only day of the year, so they can give their employees the day off.  Great employees who will give you the very best of service.  I’m going to miss my Ahi Tuna (you can only call it “Ahi” if it comes from Hawaiian waters).  Okay, next… A new favorite:  Ken’s Creekside.  Be still my heart!  They will be open!

"Itsy" - GEM car

Okay, reality is that while I have several invites to attend “family-friend” functions in Phoenix (2-2.5 hrs drive each way), my recent instances of I-17-closure-due-to-accidents has me choosing to stick around Sedona and drive “Itsy”, my GEM (electric) car to wherever.  Love my Phoenix friends and really want to have a time at the holidays with them, but, drive the 24th and/or the 25th?  I think not. 

Phone is ringing…

“…Okay, let’s do it!!”  I’m off to the movie “It’s Complicated!” opening Christmas Day at the Harkins 6-plex. 

So, Sedona is laid back.  A lot like me.

Have a very blessed and happy holiday. 



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Meals-on-Wheels, Sedona

One of the most worthy and needy non-profits for your holiday contribution consideration…


Some facts provided us by Susan Barrington, Executive Director:

  • 1 in every 4 residents of Yavapai County is over 60 years of age
  • AZ’s 85+ population will increase 240% by the year 2020

The Sedona Community Center is a worthy entity and certainly one that makes Sedona such a special community.  When you are writing checks this year, please give what you can to Sedona’s seniors.

If you can’t give money, give them your time and become a part of their Telecare program (Seniors who live alone get companionship and safe living through telephone calls) or ask to become involved in the Meals on Wheels program.  Some people pack the meals and others drive the meals to seniors.  There’s a place for everyone.

Thank you



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Thanksgiving…a Year Long Event

Yesterday I received an email from a real estate licensee who I met when I first moved to Sedona and opened my real estate school, how2educate LLC.  We’ve seldom seen each other since then, but have kept touch by email over the years.

What was so special about her email?  She included me in “the 12 most influential women in her life”.

Kathy Howe

Gladys, “thanks” for “giving” me a special feeling of humility and the realization that it’s what we do over the years that makes Thanksgiving such a special day.

To each of you who have left a part of you with me, you have made me a better person.  Each of you have helped me grow.  To each of you, I give thanks.

We are blessed by those special people in our lives. 

 It’s not just about food.

Kathy Howe aka SedonaKathy


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