Christmas at Collections Boutique

by Big Cedar Lodge 30. November 2012 16:39

Stop by the Collections Boutique and check out our great Christmas selections!  We have unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list.  Check out our Top 5 picks this week:

 

1. Kiss Me In the Garden Bath Products

 

 

2. Big Cedar Lodge Wine & Glasses

 

 

3. Big Cedar Lodge Feather Beds

 

 

4. The Mueller Family Cookbook: Recipes from Jeanie Morris' Family

 

 

5. Martin Dingman Duffle Bags and Shaving Kit

 

 

Load Up the Wagon, It's Time for the Holiday Light Tours!

by Big Cedar Lodge 15. November 2012 12:19


There is something inherently Christmas about loading up in a horse drawn hitch wagon decorated in holiday greenery, and heading out to view the Big Cedar Christmas lights. I had the opportunity to take my first Holiday Wagon Light Tour this week, and I know it will be a part of my holiday traditions for years to come.


From the moment we climbed into the wagon, I felt like I was entering a Currier & Ives Christmas card. I recommend dressing warmly, but each wagon carries enough blankets to warm the toes of every guest.  Before we left the loading area, we had snuggled into our seats and were comfortably awaiting the ride ahead.

The tour took us by the many beautifully decorated Big Cedar buildings and cabins.  Looking up the hillside, Falls Lodge, Grandview, and Springs Lodge shimmered in the crisp night air.  But it wasn’t just the sights that made the ride so memorable.  From the clip-clop of hooves, to the smell of fresh hay, to the pitch of the wagon as we made our way throughout the property; every sensory element said “The Holidays are Here… Enjoy!”


Our wagon included a couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and a couple who had planned a quick stop at Big Cedar, but after one day, they changed their plans to a week-long vacation stay.   Also in our hitch, we met a young couple who were regulars to the Lodge, but had brought their baby daughter for her first Holiday Light tour.  Each of us from different places and walks of life, but together we made a lasting holiday memory as we exchanged names, stories, and Big Cedar anecdotes.


We unloaded from the wagons at the bonfire site in front of Truman Coffee and Café.  There, we sang Christmas songs with the Singin’ Cowboy, drank hot chocolate, and roasted S’mores over a blazing campfire.   The evening was complete as the last verse of “Silent Night” lingered above the holiday carolers… Currier & Ives couldn’t have designed a better ending to a more beautiful night! 

 

Veteran's Day: A Note to Those Who Have Served Our Country

by Big Cedar Lodge 12. November 2012 09:15

Veterans Day began as way to honor the soldiers killed in WWI.  In 1918, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month Germany signed the Armistice thereby ending the First World War.  The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day by saying:

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

Although no longer called Armistice Day, Veterans Day continues to be a day set aside to honor our military servicemen and women.  From the Revolutionary War to the continued Afghan War, as a country we offer pride and gratitude for those who have chosen to fight for our freedom.

In preparation for writing this piece, I started thinking about what sets a soldier apart from a civilian.  What makes a soldier a soldier? 

Is it in their training?  We all know the strict training regiment soldiers must adhere to, but does the training make a soldier?  In both the Revolutionary and Civil War, most of the young men and women involved in the conflicts had no training; yet they showed bravery and heroism in battle on a level matching the more training intensive servicemen and women of today.

If not from training, does being a good goldier come from family history?  There are families where it seems being a soldier is just ingrained in their make-up.  Yet, family history cannot answer to all the good soldiers in our country’s history.  President Eisenhower, one of this country’s most effective generals, was raised by a family vehemently opposed to warfare of any kind.  And Colin Powell, retired Four Star General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came from a family with no military history, yet he held the highest military position in the Department of Defense.

Or does it come down to instinct?  Is it an instinctive thing to want to run towards battle instead of away?  Natural instincts may play a role in a soldier’s make-up, but I’ve also spoken to many good soldiers that had to be forced into battle… No, they weren’t instinctively drawn to the task at hand; in fact, like many people reading this today, they would have rather turned and run the other way.

And herein lies what I believe makes a soldier… It is not about what sets them apart; it is in what makes them the same as you and I.  The soldiers we honor today are our fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters.  They are our uncles and aunts, children and grandchildren.  They are Democrat and Republican, believers and non-believers, every race, creed, and background. They have the same fears and shortcomings, yet they choose to stand and fight for us, because they are us...Americans.  

On this day of honor, let us not forget that every man or woman who has served our country, has done so because they are American.  Not because they are any different than anyone else, but because they are the same… And for that, we are truly thankful and proud!

A New Construction Project at Big Cedar Lodge

by Big Cedar Lodge 9. November 2012 14:16

There’s a lot of construction going on at Big Cedar Lodge—the Garden Chapel, the Big Cedar Spa, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Academy are all set to open sometime next year; however, there’s one construction project underway that will be completed within the week… The Giant Gingerbread House!

 

Every year since 1998, Big Cedar associates have constructed a Giant Gingerbread House.  There have been many structures assembled including replicas of The Worman House, Truman Coffee and Café, Big Cedar Cabins, a life size fireplace, a Santa boat, and a Christmas sleigh.  This year’s construction is a two-story replica of the Garden Chapel, Big Cedar’s newest upcoming wedding venue.

 

Associates from the bakery department and restaurants have been working around the clock to assemble the edible creation by the end of the week.  Every piece of gingerbread is hand baked and hand laid into place, giving a spicy aroma to the entire Registration area.  Buckets of icing and sheets of confectionary siding will soon combine with assorted candies to complete the design. 

To watch the construction progress, stop by the Registration Building.  No need to bring a hard hat, but you might leave with a sweet tooth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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