A Special Woodloch Christmas “TREE-dition”

~shared by J. Ranner

Cookies and cocoa. The infamous “Elf of a Shelf.” Fabulous interior and exterior lighting. Reindeer horns on the dog and Rudolph’s nose on your cat. Mistletoe and office party hijinx. Yup, it’s safe to say that the words “Christmas” and “tradition” are about as synonymous as Santa and reindeer.

I’m as old-fashioned as they come. Some might even say I am an 80 year old man trapped in the body of a 32 year old. So needless to say, I’m a stickler for tradition in almost all facets of my life. Which is probably why my employment at Woodloch has worked out so well so far. As a resort, we are BIG on traditions. Whether it’s us singing “Congratulations to ALL” during dinner or enjoying our annual Yule Log Hunt, there are some things that will (hopefully) never change here, because life is just a little bit fuller because of them.

Recently, one of our guests, Janet Savage, visited us for her yearly getaway. Janet has been visiting our resort since the early 90’s, having been introduced to us through her mom that traveled with a midweek Motorcoach group. After her first visit, she was hooked and made Woodloch a tradition of her own and visited us each year.

About 7 years ago, she took her love for our resort to the next level. A match made in heaven, she decided to incorporate the tradition of Woodloch with the spirit of the holidays and started crafting a Woodloch Christmas tree. At first, she purchased souvenir ornaments in our gift shops and adorned the small tree. When she bought every design we had, she ended up making her own decorations!

Pieces include: 

  • Customized ornaments recycled from Woodloch pool bar cups
  • Keychains, toys and Mardis Gras beads from our Theme Night drinks
  • The coveted Woodloch GOLD medals
  • Room Keys, matchboxes and miniature golf pencils
  • Boomer the Bear plush animals
  • Photos from past holiday cards
  • Woodloch ribbon gathered from gift baskets she has received during her stay
  • A custom built Woodloch “Ring Toss” ornament
  • A wooden star atop the tree created from branches found at – you guessed it – our resort

“Every year I get the tree out, the tree just brings back wonderful memories,” says Janet. “I look at the tree and I’m just flooded with recollections of happiness- I look at the tree and like you say when we’re greeted at dinner, we’re “HOME.”

No matter what your holiday, this season is a time to celebrate those traditions. Whether it’s goofy, heartwarming or maybe even a little sad, this is the time of the year to bring them front and center and enjoy them.