A Terrific Juneau Tradition

I love traditions, especially this time of year.  Big tinseled trees, bright lights, holiday cookies, and warm smiles - I can't get enough of the festivities of Christmas.

Since I'm relatively "new" to Alaska (compared to some of my Sourdough friends), I'm still discovering Alaska-styled holiday traditions.  One of my favorites so far has been getting a personal Christmas greeting from the Governor and First Lady during their annual Governor's Open House.  2013 marked my fourth year, and I have to say - I'm really enjoying this highlight on my calendar each December. 

The beauty of traditions is they can morph, but still largely stay the same.  As you can see from last year's photos, gingerbread houses and a warm and welcoming atmosphere are the norm for this annual Juneau tradition.  And I'm already looking forward to next year!

The Governor's House in downtown Juneau, Alaska.

From left to right: Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, First Lady Sandy Parnell, Governor Sean Parnell, and me.