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We are definitely in the Holiday spirit at Shadowbox Farms. Thankful for so many things this year: a wonderful harvest, great partners and all the amazing budtenders.  We were so excited, we "hijacked" the newsletter to share a few of our team's favorite Holiday memories. We hope you enjoy them.

From the whole team at Shadowbox Farms, we want to wish you a Happy Holiday Season and the brightest New Year.

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HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

The only thing on TV...

By Adam Reed
Holiday memories and traditions fuel our winters with family and fun. I always look forward to spending time with my family and eating an excessive amount of food. We have a special holiday tradition that we celebrate without fail. I will give you some hints: 

“You’ll shoot your eye out!”
“I triple dog dare you!”
“Randy lay there like a slug. It was his only defense.”

That’s right, along with 26% of adults in the U.S. (according to a Marist Poll), we watch “A Christmas Story” for our holiday movie. Actually, watching might be an understatement. I think by this time the entire family knows every line of the movie by heart, but it never gets old. Here's to wishing for the Red Ryder BB-gun, with a compass and a stock, and this thing that tells time. 

Christmas Trees and Dolly Parton
By Jessica Ginet

When I was a kid, we got our Christmas tree one of two ways: We either bought one from an old-timer named Buzz, or we purchased a tree tag for $5 and headed up into the mountains for a day in the snow. 

On this particular year (1985), we went up into the snow on Greyback Mountain with family friends. We swiftly found Christmas trees, so the rest of the day was spent playing in the snow and drinking instant hot cocoa with those tiny, dehydrated marshmallows. Since we only got to enjoy that a few times a year, it was a very special day indeed. 

At one point, we started building snowmen. There were seven kids, busy rolling snowballs into bigger and bigger rounds, stacking them and decorating them with our winter hats, scarves and sticks.

“Hey! Look at mine,” yelled the boy I would eventually marry. We all stopped and looked at his snowman. It was different than the others; He included an ample bosom. “It’s a Dolly Parton snow-woman,” he said with pride. 

His mom turned red with embarrassment and my mom, who was a stickler for decorum and etiquette, just stared wide-eyed at this busty creation, before we all burst out laughing.
 
Noche Buena
By Lucia Bartscher

I grew up in a big Hispanic family, so for me, the most important holiday tradition is Noche Buena, also known as Christmas Eve. In most Hispanic cultures, Christmas Day is a big holiday with deeply religious roots, but the “main event” is Noche Buena. We go all out on the 24th and then relax with leftovers (and sometimes cannabis!) on the 25th.

Generally, the party starts late in the evening with cocktails, music and a little dancing. The meal varies from country to country, but when I was very young, it was usually a whole barbecued pig served with black beans and rice. Nowadays, we settle for the convenience of a honey glazed ham. In Caribbean cultures, we often toast with “coquito,” a type of eggnog made with coconut milk and rum. The party goes until midnight when the presents are opened, all at once, in a beautiful flurry of shrieking kids and salsa music.

Now that I have my own multicultural family, I’ve incorporated the Noche Buena tradition into our holiday celebration. We have our big meal together on the 24th, but we wait to open gifts until Christmas morning. We sing “Feliz Navidad,” and also “Jingle Bells.” We play Latin music, but we also read “The Night Before Christmas.” We rarely make it to midnight these days, but we make sure to toast with “coquito” before we kiss goodnight under the mistletoe.

Felices Fiestas!
(Happy Holidays!)
Happy Holidays
By Emery Garcia

It is that time of year again: extended family visits, frantic shopping and bright lights. The crowded stores and shipping deadlines can make the holidays seem stressful. Remaining calm during the hustle and bustle can be tough. Fortunately, we in Oregon have abundant access to cannabis, one of the world’s greatest attitude adjusters and a seasonal must if you ask me.

Cannabis and Christmas were made for each other. Below are five ways the “kind bud” can help make this time more peaceful, productive and highly enjoyable for you and yours.
  1. Eat! Nothing makes the chefs happier than watching me scarf down their food (even a slice of my aunt’s meatloaf). I’m not sure if it’s the munchies or the holiday food that usually adds a few pounds to my gut, but I regret not a bite of the season’s fare. That’s what new year’s resolutions are for! 
  2. Be Merry! With families coming together from near and far, fights and feuds can sometimes follow. With a different perspective, I’m more than happy to sit back peacefully and listen to my uncle’s outlandish rants. It also helps keep me patient while my nieces and nephews poke and prod.
  3. Embrace the crazy! I find I care a whole lot less about standing in line when I’ve got help from Mary Jane, and it makes the flashing lights, shiny boxes, and repeating songs a lot more enjoyable. Have you ever really looked at Christmas lights… do they seem a little brighter this year?
  4. Get creative! Make your holiday gifts. Paint it, print it, picture it, cook it, can it, sew it! The possibilities are endless, and handmade gifts are truly thoughtful. Even if your attempts at creativity aren’t perfect, it’s the thought that counts! Make funky holiday decorations with your artistic aunt, or finger paint pictures with your goofy niece. The world is your oyster. Crafting is a great way to get together.
  5. Give the gift of cannabis! My mom does not enjoy the mind-altering effects of THC, so every year I load her up with cannabis salve. She LOVES IT. My aunt and uncle have an almost guilty obsession with their concentrate pens, but prefer not to go into dispensaries, and my brother in law loves a few pre-rolls in his stocking.
Cross-Country Skiing
By Jessica Ginet

We had just a few white Christmases in the Williams Valley when I was growing up. One day after a heavy snow, my parents’ friends rented cross-country skis for all of us and brought them over to our house. We were so excited! Snow, friends, and skis? It was almost too good to be true. 

We had a few hills on our property and eventually we kids got tired of just cross-country skiing. We wanted some excitement. So we huffed and puffed up the hill and skied to the bottom a few times. Meh. It was time to ramp up the action.

So the boy that became my husband went back to the top of the hill and pushed off. This time, I noticed he had tucked his body into an aerodynamic form. His ski tips were turned slightly and he was flying down the hill in the direction of one of the grown-ups: my mom. 

My mom has always been very protective of her hair after styling it. This was the early ‘80s, and permed and feathered hair was a big deal. My mom’s hair was no exception. She guarded it protectively in the summer, avoiding our splashing in the pool, and fretted about humidity the rest of the year. 

Well, she was in for a surprise on this day, when a mischievous nine-year-old shot down the hill and BOOM. One minute she was standing; the next she was on the ground. One side of her head was caked with wet snow, and she was mad, really, really mad.

“You messed up my hair, you little stinker!” she yelled at the culprit, who, with a naughty little laugh quickly skied away. 

My mom still brings up that story whenever it snows out in the Applegate. I don’t think she’s quite forgiven my husband, even after 33 years.
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