Colorado Traveling Ducks Remember and Enjoy Christmas Decorations

Today we want to show you great Christmas decorations.   Some are from this year, some for previous years, and some are repeated every year.   Denver’s train station, Union Station, has a great tree this year.

Beautiful tree inside Denver's Union Station

Beautiful tree inside Denver’s Union Station

While we were there, a group of employees came here posing for mannequin photos.

Humans being mannequins

Humans being mannequins

These humans posed, in a frozen position, for several seconds.   It was interesting to see.  Outside, in front of Union Station, I liked this star.

Star outside Union Station

Star outside Union Station

I, Zeb the Duck, really need to talk to Santa.   I have a Christmas request.   Chanel and I will wait for him.

Zen the Duck and Chanel the Bear waiting for Santa

Zeb the Duck and Chanel the Bear waiting for Santa

At the Colorado governor’s residence, the staircase is very festive.

Great staircase

Great staircase

Our shopping malls have a Santa Claus and a decorated area.   Here Santa is enjoying a moment of calm before the next children arrive.

Santa sees us!

Santa sees us!

Of course, I, Zeb the Duck, wear my Christmas hat to show my Christmas spirit.

Christmas is fun

Christmas is fun

We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, liked this display.

Our first time riding reindeer

Our first time riding reindeer

We are riding reindeer.  Denver, and many cities, have outdoor ice skating rinks during the holidays.

Big Christmas tree with ice skater

Big Christmas tree with ice skater

Santa has a village and toy shop in Colorado Springs, on the way to the summit of Pikes Peak.

At the North Pole with Santa

At the North Pole with Santa

At a restaurant, the Buckhorn Exchange, even the animals dress for Christmas.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.   Buckhorn Exchange in Denver

We remember this wagon full, of presents, at Torres Mazatlán, in Mazatlán, Mexico.

Presents everywhere

Presents everywhere

A favorite is the lighting display at Denver’s City and County Building.

City and County Building of Denver, Colorado

City and County Building of Denver, Colorado

Remembering, as the saying goes, “don’t forget the reason for the season”.

Remember Jesus is the reason for this Christmas season

Remember Jesus is the reason for this Christmas season

There are so many beautiful decorations and displays of lights and we appreciate and love them all.

Zeb and Soapy Explore 3 Denver Malls at Christmas

Our moms love to go the malls to see Christmas decorations.   We try to go when they open in the morning, during the week.   It is not so crowded then.   I, Zeb the Duck, visited three malls this month.   First I will show you want I saw at PARK MEADOWS MALL.   Of course, I wanted to find Santa.

This way to Santa

This way to Santa

Here I am on the enter sign.   I really like this Santa house.   We even have reindeer pulling a sleigh full of presents.

Reindeer pulling sleigh

Reindeer pulling sleigh

Next we headed to Nordstrom’s.   Isn’t this red horse cute?

Zeb on Nordstrom's red horse

Zeb on Nordstrom’s red horse

Especially with me, Zeb, riding him.   We are pulling the cart.   The snowman is cheery.

Cheery Snowman

Cheery Snowman

Going through the mall, we noticed the fountain is also ready for Christmas.

Water rapids and fountain ready for Christmas

Water fall and fountain ready for Christmas

Walking down the halls, these lights make us smile.

Lights in Park Meadows Mall

Lights in Park Meadows Mall

I wanted to be sure you could see these decorations, also.

Christmas decorations everywhere. I love it!

Christmas decorations everywhere. I love it!

I really like the pine branches and huge red ornaments.   We decided to have a snack at the food court.   The fireplace, decorated with the wreath, makes everything cozy.

Decorated fireplace in food court

Decorated fireplace in food court

We really liked Park Meadows.   Now Soapy Smith Duck and I, Zeb the Duck, will show you what we saw at FLATIRONS MALL.   First we visited Dillard’s to see Christmas decorations.

Dillard's Christmas at Flatirons Mall

Dillard’s Christmas at Flatirons Mall.   Soapy, don’t jump

We liked this.   Soapy and Zeb are under the tree, sitting on presents.

Zeb and Soapy under the Christmas tree. Soapy, do not open the gifts!!

Zeb and Soapy under the Christmas tree. Soapy, do not open the gifts!!

All of these decorations in Dillard’s are for sale.   In the mall, we smiled at these lights.

Lights in Flatirons Mall

Lights in Flatirons Mall

Flatirons Mall has Santa’s Observatory.    This is the entrance to visit with Santa.

Santa's Observatory at Flatirons

Santa’s Observatory at Flatirons

Here is Santa.

Santa sees us!

Santa sees us!

He smiled at us.   Maybe we will find presents on Christmas morning.  Zeb and Soapy headed to CHERRY CREEK MALL next.   This Christmas display in Neiman Marcus caught our attention.

Neiman Marcus Christmas Display at Cherry Creek Mall

Neiman Marcus Christmas Display at Cherry Creek Mall

Then we spotted the Ice Palace.

The Ice Palace at Cherry Creek

The Ice Palace at Cherry Creek

This is the entrance to see Santa.   Zeb and Soapy discovered the trees surrounding the Ice Palace.

Zeb and Soapy in Christmas tree

Zeb and Soapy in Christmas tree

The moms decided to get a cookie.

We are getting this cookie!

We are getting this cookie!

Great idea, we will all have a piece.   We like to see the Christmas decorations.   We hope you visited some malls near you this season also.   They are beautiful.

Zeb the Duck Admires Christmas Decorations at the Governor’s Mansion

Yesterday, I, Zeb the Duck, visited the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion in Denver.  This was the last day for the free tours to view their Christmas decorations.    This mansion was built in 1904 and became the residence of Colorado’s governors in 1960.   The public is allowed on the first floor.   The Governor’s family lives on the second floor.   There is also a third floor.   There are people waiting for the tour.

Entrance to Governor's Residence at Boettcher Mansion

Entrance to Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion

We are going there to wait also.   Inside, much of the furniture is antique and everything is beautiful and great quality.    This lamp was purchased in China.

Lamp from China

Lamp from China

The tapestry is antique and the table is decorated for Christmas.

Antique tapestry

Antique tapestry

Wow!   This is a great staircase.

Great staircase

Great staircase

And so Christmasy.  The first room we view is the drawing room.   The decorating theme this year is to represent colors of Colorado.   This drawing room is decorated in blue.

Drawing Room

Drawing Room

All the ornaments on the tree are shades of blue.

Drawing Room with blue theme

Drawing Room with blue theme

The packages beneath the tree are wrapped in blue, and even the bear playing the piano is blue.     This chandelier once was in the White House in Washington D.C.

Beautiful chandelier

Beautiful chandelier

It was sold and put in this house.   Isn’t it fabulous?   At least two first ladies of the United States were interested in having the chandelier back in the White House, but so far Colorado has not been willing to sell it.   I, Zeb the Duck, liked this mirror that reflects the staircase.

Mirror reflecting staircase

Mirror reflecting staircase

Again, beautiful Christmas decorations on the table.      This perfect room was not originally included in the mansion.

A beautiful addition

A beautiful addition

It is a great addition.  The huge windows looking out to the park like back yard make this perfect for relaxing or entertaining.   This is how this addition looks from outside, across the street.

This beautiful room from outside. It is really big

This beautiful room from outside. It is really big

It is huge.   And speaking of huge, this mansion has 26,000 square feet of floor space.   That is a lot of house to clean.   Next we viewed the formal dining room.   The theme for this room is majestic.

Color is purple and theme is majesty

Color is purple and theme is majesty

Purple is the principal color for Christmas.   Over the fireplace is a picture of mountains, representing purple mountains.   There is also a picture of Queen Elizabeth, her majesty.   The purple lights on the Colorado Marble fireplace are stunning.    Each room had a guide, or docent to explain things to us.   The dining room was explained by our friend, Connie.

Our friend Connie in the Formal Dining Room

Our friend Connie in the Formal Dining Room

We were so happy to see her, and she did an excellent job of telling us about the formal dining room.   Thanks Connie.   Our last room was the bar and gift shop.

Tree in Bar and Gift shop

Tree in Bar and Gift shop

Another beautiful tree.  The story behind this ship is rather cute.

Ship in bar and gift shop

Ship in bar and gift shop

The second owner of this home, Mr. Boettcher, collected these ships.   He had several, and his wife finally said “no more!”   At that time, Mr. Boettcher was building a tavern at Denver’s Brown Palace hotel.   He moved all but one of his ships to the tavern, and named his new establishment, Ship Tavern.   We think that is a very nice story.   He was a clever man, and his wife was also happy.   As we left through the side door, we thought this looked like another great place to be in the spring.

I would be here in the spring

I would be here in the spring

We enjoyed our tour of the Governor’s Resident at the Boettcher Mansion.   There are various events and tours during the year.   We think you would enjoy visiting here also.

Christmas Decorations at Torres Mazatlan

I, Zeb the Duck, and Eider Duck, loved the Christmas decorations at our resort in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Torres Mazatlan.  Our home for the week.

Torres Mazatlan. Our home for the week.

It was great having Christmas decorations to remind us that Christmas is almost here.  We are used to colder weather for Christmas, but we are enjoying the pool, beach and warm, sunny weather.  The Christmas tree and Nativity scene were beautiful.

These decorations were made by Torres Mazatlan employees in 1992

These decorations were made by Torres Mazatlan employees in 1992

We especially liked the story of the Christmas tree.  The employees made the tree from palm fronds and decorated it with coconuts wrapped in colored paper.  Torres Mazatlan has used this tree since 1992 as a symbol of Love and Peace on Earth.

Entering the resort, just past the security station, this festive scene greets us.

Just past security station

Just past security station near the entrance of the resort

The Christmas flowers near the registration desk are very much a sign of Christmas.

Such vivid colors

Such vivid colors

The Santa display with Santa’s mailbox was very popular.

Letters to Santa go in this mailbox

Letters to Santa go in this mailbox

Leaving the registration area, we passed through this decorated arch.

Looks so tropical

Looks so tropical

Wandering through the grounds, we liked this cart of flowers with Christmas decorations on the ground.

Flowers are always nice.

Flowers are always nice.

Near our patio, we enjoyed this cart of Christmas packages.

Presents everywhere

Presents everywhere

It was especially nice at night when the lights were on.

One day we watched the younger human children break a piñata.

He is trying

He is trying

This is a great Mexican custom and the kids had fun.

She is older, so the piñata moves while she tries

She is older, so the piñata moves while she tries

We had fun watching this also.

It won't be long before piñata is broken and candy falls to ground

It won’t be long before piñata is broken and candy falls to ground

Our humans said we were too small to swing the stick and also too small to scramble with the humans picking up the candy.

While enjoying tropical weather it was nice to see the Christmas spirit around us.  We hope you are enjoying seeing Christmas decorations wherever you are during the Christmas season.

Christmas Decorations 2014

I, Zeb the Duck, and Eider Duck, drove around admiring Christmas decorations.   We like the snowman,

Cheerful snowman

Cheerful snowman

especially since we do not have snow yet in Denver.   Santa is ready for Christmas Eve with this sleigh.

Ready to fly on Christmas Eve

Ready to fly on Christmas Eve

The Nativity Scene reminds us of the reason for the season.

The birth of Jesus is the reason for Christmas

The birth of Jesus is the reason for Christmas

We ducks are not in any of these photos.  The humans said we could not go into people’s yards and sit on the decorations.   But we did love seeing everything. It’s just difficult to decide which pictures to show you today.   All were special.

We spotted some rather unusual decorations.   Here Mickey Mouse is sending Christmas greetings.

Mickey Mouse loves Christmas also.

Mickey Mouse loves Christmas also.

The Christmas moose is great.

A Colorado Christmas moose.

A Colorado Christmas moose.

This was one of our favorites.

This is a big guy!

This is a big guy!

Santa is a biker when he is not flying in his sleigh.

Santa is biker

Santa is biker

We had dinner at the Buckhorn Exchange in Denver and even this buffalo was in the Christmas spirit.

Merry Christmas from Denver's oldest restaurant.

Merry Christmas from Denver’s oldest restaurant.

And, lastly, no collection of Denver Christmas photos would be complete without Denver’s City and County Building.

A lighting tradition in Denver.

A lighting tradition in Denver.

We hope you are enjoying Christmas decorations near you.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

We like the Christmas season.

Christmas Decorations in my Neighborhood

It is getting close to Christmas.  I, Zeb the Duck, am excited about Christmas.  But, I don’t really know much about it yet.  I am seeing different things appearing in people’s yards.  These are Christmas decorations.

These are some of the things I noticed.  This is Santa Claus in a sleigh.

This is Santa Claus

This is Santa Claus

Mom says Santa Claus rides in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer and brings presents to people.  Santa seems nice, but looks a little different.

Here is another Santa Claus with sleigh and reindeer.

I like Santa

I riding on flying reindeer.

Also some big presents.

Huge presents

Huge presents

Maybe a chair for me??

A snowman and another Santa.

Welcoming Snowman

Welcoming Snowman

These all look like fun things.

A manger or Nativity Scene seems a little more serious.  This is the reason for Christmas.  A baby named Jesus was born.  This baby grew up to be a special man and he changed the world.

Baby Jesus was born

Baby Jesus was born

Maybe more about this later.

I am curious and excited about Christmas.  I hope you see decorations and like them.  What is your favorite Christmas story or memory?  This is all new to me but I like it.