Webber family: The end of a tradition
For 77 years, the Webber family has brought magic to the local children on Christmas Eve. It is with heavy hearts that we are saying goodbye to this beloved family tradition.
The Webber family has grown and spread across the country, and we no longer have enough resources to do it justice. When our Great-Grandpa Webber started the Roving Christmas Tree in Steamboat, he couldn’t have imagined it surviving three-quarters of a century and being honored by four generations of descendants, as well as the local groups that bridged the years, when the family couldn’t do it.
We would like to say “thank you” to all the family and community members that have donated their time and resources to make the Roving Christmas Tree happen: Gary and Jessica Horne; Bonnie and Josh Turner; John Wright; Matthew, Josiah, Jonathon Wright; Ray and Deb Turner; Elaine Webber; Alan and Denette Webber; Brian Webber; Donna Webber; Wade Webber; Kristen Grajeda (Webber); AshLee Gingerich; Leslie and Emily Hockaday; GCR Tire (Cory Hunter); TIC (The Industrial Company); West Routt Fire … and anyone else we may have forgotten.
But most importantly, we would like to say “thank you” to Cindy (Harms) Wright who has been the drive behind the Roving Christmas Tree the last 10 years. Without her, the tradition would have vanished years ago. She led the family through the planning stages, purchased all the decorations and candy out of her own pocket and made sure that each Christmas Eve went off without a hitch for the last decade.
We will miss the smiles, hugs and faces filled with wonder. These are the gifts we have received each year, from the youngest child to the Routt County natives that remember the tree from their childhood, when Walt Webber was Santa.
The countless hours spent making the floats, planning, dressing up and walking the streets were well worth it. And if ever our feet ached or our fingers got chilly, we were warmed and renewed with each gleeful smile, as the children ran to their doors to see Santa Claus, waiting on their porch with a small treat.
Memories will live on …
The family’s hope is that the community can pick up where we left off and keep the tradition going, but in the meantime, we all have the memories.
We ask that if you have memories to share, photos or stories … please join the Webber’s Roving Christmas Tree page on Facebook or email us at Santawaltwebber@outlook.com.
Jessica (Wright) Horne and Bonnie (Wright) Turner
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