The Christmas Remix ’14: Friendsmas

Since my family moved back to Australia (seven years ago now, yikes!), the holiday season has felt increasingly less traditional each year. Part of it comes with age- no more leaving out rum and carrots for F. Xmas and his reindeer- but most of it stems from the fact that I rarely spend it with my family anymore. Although they did come to Bozeman two years ago to rip up the Nordic trails after a four year hiatus…

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Unfortunately, the pursuit of racing fast is definitely not aided by a 3 week vacation in Perth mid-season… so heading home to soak up some sun and salt isn’t an ideal scenario. But for my super speedy brother (you can check him out here: http://joshyeaton.blogspot.com), it is the perfect place to train, and I certainly don’t blame him for heading home!  For those of you who know me well, you know that I would like nothing better than to be at the beach in the heat of the summer. However, my dedication to the sport trumps my love for the beach. So I stay in the Northern Hemisphere and train, spending it with wonderful people and having a new, unique Christmas experience each year.

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(Flashback: Xmas 90-something spent almost exclusively in my bathers. Scored a Boogie Board!)

This year I stayed in Bozeman, where we had a very white, wintery Christmas. It has been dumping snow and skiing conditions everywhere have been amazing, which has made for some awesome training!

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(Bluebird Days at Bohart Ranch- photo cred to my extra artsy and talented roomie Casey Kutz)

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(Way up Sourdough Canyon/ Bozeman Creek; The Beautiful Bridgers)

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(Lindley Park, I can WALK here from my house. Livin’ the dream 🙂 )

Luckily I had quite a few friends in town this year, so on Christmas day we celebrated Friendsmas, which went a little something like this:

Opened presents with the Kitty; my wonderful parents sent me so many gorgeous things like this scarf and hairclip!

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Festive folk were skiing down the road:

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Went for an Xmas ski with the Galpals:

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Made mimosas and crepes for a casual brunch:

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Consumed large quantities of cookies- my fabulous teammates Chelsea and Rosie from APU Nordic Ski Center BOTH sent me packages of Christmas cookies.. so we had a lot to get through.

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(Casey and I made all of these without the help of cookie cutters; I was especially in love with the dolphin cookie)

Xmas Dinner followed by a mini White Elephant Gift Exchange:

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I had an absolute blast on Christmas and loved spending it with my friends. As much as I wish I could have spent it with my family, I truly appreciate the experiences I have each year. Spending Christmas with different people in new places has given the day a whole new meaning than it used to have. I get to create a new version of Christmas each year, mixing new traditions with my own while surrounded by wonderful company 🙂

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I arrived in Minneapolis two days ago to spend some time with my good friend and teammate Rosie (aka DJ Franks) before US Nationals. It was bittersweet leaving Bozeman, but I am excited to explore Minneapolis for the next couple days with her! An update on that next time, but here’s a sneak peak of what we have been up to so far!

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(We picked out new race hats for Houghton- watch out world!)

Extra Updates!

Roller Ski Australia: It is crazy to think that while I am skiing through powder on one corner of the globe, this crew is roller skiing in the heat of Perth summer.

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Last year, two awesome Norweigan ladies living in Perth who share a passion for Nordic Sking founded Roller Ski Australia- the only distributors of Swenor Roller Skis and KV+ Poles/Active wear in the country. By marketing roller skiing as a great total-body workout, they have managed to get locals who haven’t necessarily been on real skis to start roller skiing! I got the chance to roller ski with Elisabeth and Vibeke while I was home last and had so much fun; there is actually great terrain (and weather!) in Perth for roller skiing. I think it is awesome that an awareness for Nordic skiing is being spread in a place where most people probably haven’t even heard of the sport!

Be sure to check out Roller Ski Australia at: https://www.facebook.com/rollerskiaustralia

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(Elisabeth, Vibeke and I cruising around the river; I got to take home a new pair of hot pink Swenor roller skis, which I love!)

My Rally: Yesterday marked the one week countdown to the end of my Rally to help me raise money for my training/racing/travel expenses this year. If you still happen to be in an extra giving mood, please check it out and contribute or share with your friends.

https://www.rallyme.com/rallies/1080/jessicayeaton

Anything helps and I am so thankful and flattered by all the support I have received so far. Thank you!!

-JJ