After all of the decorations have been hung; after all the carols and hymns have been sung; after all the caring and sharing has been done; and, after heartfelt thanks have been given to The One -- then it is time for the feast.
The community's Christmas feast took place in local tradition style at the Stolte Shed on a white Christmas Day that brought a foot and more of fresh snowfall to Cedaredge (elevation 6,100).
Grand Mesa Lodge reported 18 inches of new snow from the white Christmas storm, an amount that brought the week's total to 55 inches of new white stuff on the ground.
Inside the cozy and friendly confines of the Stolte Shed, well over 200 people came out to be a part of the community at the free dinner event.
A true homemade feast built around ham and turkey warmed hearts and fueled lively conversation that renewed and strengthened established friendships, and which forged new ones to be enjoyed at Christmas celebrations in the future.
The Community Christmas Dinner event is a project of the Cedaredge Rotary Club in association with Les and DJ Mergelman who for years have prepared delicious food for the event.