• Aurora Magazine

    HedonXmas — Have A Very Merry Jane This Holiday Season

    A state road map overlaid with a cutout of a marijuana leaf, attached to the word “Colorado,” the print works well in the color green — an obvious choice — but is also available in blue, purple, red or black.

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    HedonXmas — Cut to the Chase

    So you wander down the mountain as the minutes go by. The trees are bigger here. The smell of the pine is overwhelming, like being in a frigid sanitized bathroom. A squirrel has a scary tantrum when you reach into a tree to shake the snow off a contender for being the perfect tree.

  • Aurora Magazine

    HedonXmas — Fancy Feasts

    To limit yourself to a single meal or item at Denver’s shiny new Central Market on Larimer Street is to wave a centrally-located finger-bird at the entire field of culinary arts. Opened just this fall, Central Market is a foodie’s orgasmic paradise. Craving fresh baguettes? Hop over to Izzio Artisan Bakery.

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    HedonXmas — Super Sippers

    The holidays are the best time to check out all of Colorado’s over-the-top stouts that our now-famous gastropubs and craft breweries are providing. This year, Four Noses Brewing out of Broomfield is offering a decadent, delightful selection of stouts

  • Aurora Magazine

    HedonXmas — Uniquely Colorado Gifts

    For that transplant in your life — and we’ve all got some — nothing says “Colorado is my home, really, I mean it” like some swanky state gear complete with that superfluous Colorado flag logo. And while that stuff’s a dime a dozen these days — those “Made in Colorado” stores are no longer vanquished to just the 16th Street Mall but found at nearly every retail location from the Front Range to the Western Slope — if you want truly authentic Centennial State gear, head over to Colorado hipster paradise, Coloradical.

  • Aurora Magazine

    HedonXmas — Curing What Ales You

    There are ways to help a bit with a hangover, but Gursky says there are some things people do that are virtual locks to make a hangover worse. The simple, sad truth is, if you guzzle champagne and whatever other boozy treat comes your way on New Year’s Eve, you’re in for a hard day Jan. 1.

  • Aurora Magazine

    HedonXmas — Over-The-Toppen-Baum

    In capturing the Moravian spirit, start by making or buying paper Moravian Stars. These stars, which have 25 or 26 points, are often found illuminating windows or perched above porches during the holidays. They date back to the 1700s when Moravian students in Germany constructed the stars to aid math lessons. The luminescent stars were seen as early as 1747, lighted in windows of buildings in the Moravian community of Herrnhaag, Germany, according to historians.

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    HedonXmas — Worth the Weight

    Who’s counting? Just resign yourself to knowing that when January rolls around, you will, too. You only get a few dozen holiday seasons before you ship off, so go for the shameless bliss while you can. And here are a few of our suggestions of ways to feel good about putting on the pounds, while you’re doing it.

  • Aurora Magazine

    EXIT STRATEGY: Giving The Grift of Gab

    It turns out I may be the original ‘that guy’ when it comes to holiday gifts that everyone hates