Minden residents Rachel, Samuel and Matthew Gaskell warmed themselves by a fire pit Thursday night waiting for the Gardnerville Christmas Kickoff to begin.
The Gaskell’s were just a few of the many families gathered in Heritage Park for the annual Christmas tradition.
“It’s fun. We get to hear the songs, and Santa comes and the lights get switched on,” 9-year-old Matthew said. “I’m going to ask Santa for an iPod Touch. I’ve been a good boy.”
The Gaskell’s participate in most of the Valley Christmas events, including the Parade of Lights and the Minden gazebo lighting.
“It’s fun and exciting. …