Annual Christmas feast unites locals, visitors |

Annual Christmas feast unites locals, visitors

Avi Salzman

— Chris Sachs may be second only to Santa Claus as the busiest person from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day.

Sachs, a local Realtor who is organizing the community Christmas feast this year, was in a local grocery store Monday buying goodies for today’s dinner, holding a cell phone in one hand and a cart of hams, bread, coffee, milk and butter in the other. The next 24 hours were going to be a whirlwind of Christmas spirit, as Sachs finishes shopping Monday, exchanges gift at dawn, begins cooking at the community center in the morning and, with the help of tens of volunteers including her children, and serves food to the tired, hungry and poor for the rest of the day. And then, when her community service is over, Sachs will cook dinner for her family and, finally, take a break.

“So we can sit down, flop in our chairs and go into a food coma,” Sachs said. “It’s a beautiful thing.”

This Christmas the Steamboat Board of Realtors will be hosting its 10th annual Christmas feast at the Steamboat Springs Community Center on Lincoln Avenue next to the library. The dinner will be accompanied by a live musical medley and potentially a juggling act, among other performances.

The realtors have 15 turkeys and six to eight hams donated by City Market and Safeway to dole out at the dinner, Sachs said.

The dinner traditionally attracts more than 300 people to the community center, many of whom are locals who have no family in the direct vicinity. Tourists also come to consume some of the food, checking out the local fare at the center.

All are invited to partake of turkey, ham, salad, and assorted side dishes from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m as musicians play and the community exhibits its good will.

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