1. Career Opportunities
According to SmartAsset.com, three Utah cities are ranked in the top four cities in the nation for career opportunities. If you live in or near Provo, Logan or Salt Lake City, maybe Santa brought you a new job!
2. Great Hiking
In 2015, National Geographic ranked Salt Lake City as the number ONE hiking city in the nation, citing its proximity to several 10,000-foot peaks. Utahns know that just about anywhere in the state is perfect for hiking.
3. Lots of New Snow
Most of Utah has experienced several snowstorms over the last week. This is great news for those of us who like to drink water in the summer.
4. World-Class Skiing
Our snow is so awesome that people come from all over the world to ski in it! Santa brought it right to your backyard. Our ski resorts have gained several feet of snow in the last week!
5. A Win at the Las Vegas Bowl
If you’re a Utes fan, Santa just brought you a 35-28 win at the Las Vegas Bowl. If you are a BYU fan, you can take solace in the fact that your team woke up right before halftime and managed to avoid an embarrassing blowout. If you’re a Utes fan, you can be glad that your team didn’t completely throw away the game that started with a 35-point lead.
6. More UTA Service
The Utah Transit Authority Board recently approved the 2016 budget, which includes a 5 percent increase in bus service hours and a 4.5 percent service hour increase for TRAX. Utahns can enjoy more stress-free travel, and keep the pollution levels down at the same time.
7. New Friends, and Tourist Dollars
Fodor’s Travel recently named Utah as the Number One Travel Destination for 2016. Utahns can look forward to meeting lots of new friends from all over the world this year (and our state will benefit from the money those visitors bring to Utah).
8. 3 Million Utahns!
As of October, 2015, our state’s population is at least 3 million residents. Santa probably had to hire a few more elves this year, just to handle the increased workload.
9. A New App to Track Snow Plows
The Utah Department of Transportation recently released a brand new app that allows Utahns to track all of the approximately 500 snow plows during a storm. You can see where every snow plow is currently working, and click on one plow to see where it’s been during the previous 30 minutes.
10. Gorgeous Christmas Lights
We’ve enjoyed beautiful holiday lights all month here in Utah. Plus, two Utah families won a bundle of cash on the TV show “Christmas Light Fight.”
11. Plenty of Outdoor Winter Recreation Opportunities
Along with tons of new snow, Santa brought Utahns lots of opportunities to play outdoors! Get out there and do some skiing, snowshoeing, sledding or ice fishing.
12. Continued Beauty at our National Parks
We can expect yet another year of stunning beauty, jaw-dropping vistas and endless recreation at Utah’s five national parks. Try visiting them this winter, when crowds are low and you can enjoy some peace and solitude.
13. The 60th Season of Ballet West’s The Nutcracker
Ballet West celebrated its 60th season of the popular holiday production this year, and there are still two days left to see The Nutcracker.
14. The End of “Elf on a Shelf”
He’s really cute and funny for the first few days of December, but he sure does get tiresome as the month drags on. You can finally grab up that elf, shove him in a box and stick him in the basement until next year. Thanks, Santa!
15. Family and Friends
I hope Santa brought every Utahn some time with family and friends this holiday season - the best present of all.