Sunday, December 14, 2014

12 Blogs of Christmas Blog Hop - ...White Christmas (Day 2)

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, NOT!

First, I want to thank Martin Crosbie for inviting me to be a part of the 12 Days of Christmas blog gathering for 2015. It’s always nice to meet other authors, and wonderful to be a part of anything Martin is doing. I have to admit, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about!

I grew up in California. When you grow up with no seasons, you always think how cool it’d be to have snow at Christmas. I was one of those people. Even after my first Christmas in the Midwest with my (soon to be) husband’s family, braving wind chills of -20 degrees F, we dressed up in snow suits and went pheasant hunting. I use the term hunting loosely, as I’d never shot anything in my life. We pretty much just walked around in the snow and corn stalks, birds flew out, and I shot in that general direction. It was an excuse to go outside after being cooped up for days.

I’ve now lived in the Midwest for nearly two decades, and I can tell you, I pray for sunny, and 50-60 degrees on Christmas. I consider the seasons highly overrated. Oh, sure, snow was great fun the first couple of years I lived here. Until had to drive in whiteout conditions, was stranded in the house for up to a week at a time, flipped my car in a ditch (I wasn’t even going fast, I’d admit if I was), and had to shovel and snow blow my way to the barn, just to see if my horses survived the storm from the night before. Last year we had drifts so high, one of my horses walked right over them, out of their pasture.  Yep, it didn’t take long before a white Christmas was the last thing on my list.

Now for Christmas, I dream of cocktails while on a lounge chair by the pool at a casino in Las Vegas. Not so traditional, I know, but I’m still dreaming, because every year we still brave the weather, and have a wonderful meal and time with family and friends. That part makes the snow worth it. Because really, Christmas isn't about weather, or presents, or anything material, its about family and friends, love and friendship. It's the time of year we schedule to be together, stop making excuses, and get together. Cocktails with family are always more fun than those at a casino in Vegas, right? Hahahaha!

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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8 comments:

  1. After living up north most of my youth and now living on the Texas Gulf coast, I still dream of a while Christmas. I just don't dream of the other 100 days of snow.

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    1. If I never saw snow again, it'd be too soon. I'm actually leaving the Midwest in a few days to go to TX, and be rid of this weather for a month or so. I can't wait. I guess I'm truly a California girl at heart. I like 50-70 degrees.

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  2. I'm with you, Jamie Lee. I've lived in the Northeast all of my life, and I could do without the white Christmas once in a while!

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    1. Thanks Laurie. Everyone here gets mad at me and says why don't you move. Oh, believe me, as soon as our restaurant sells, I'm OUTTA HERE! LOL

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  3. I live in the High Desert of Nevada where we get lots of cold temps and many winters, lots of snow. I moved here from MS. I hate rain, so the snow is a vast improvement. I also hate tornadoes and bugs, so this dry air (not very bug-friendly - except for mosquitoes which seem to live anywhere) is great. My dry skin says it may be time to rethink my position, though. :)

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    1. Mosquitoes! Ugh! I'm not a fan either! But I learned a trick when I was a kid. My mom made me take vitamin B complex and eat garlic. They hate me now for the most part. I still take the B in the summer.

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  4. The choice between sunshine and snow is a tough one. Here in rain city, aka Vancouver, we just cross our fingers and hope for anything other than... more rain.

    Glad to do this blog hop with you. I'll check out your books!

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    1. I'd even take rain. In the winter, we may go weeks, even a month or more and not see the sun, but the sun usually means temps in the single digits in the winter, so clouds are actually preferred. The blog hop was fun. Thanks for being a part of it. Martin is the BEST!

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