It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and yes, we are certainly loving it here. The happy chaos, the fresh evergreen smell of the Christmas tree that has, for the month, replaced one of the two recliners in the living room, the candy cane antlers that always find their way to the garden frog out front (thanks, honey).
But a true-bred mountain girl will just never get used to a winter holiday season in southern California. Here’s why:
1) No matter how many people ogle over the non-stop sunshine and year-round warm weather, a 72-degree day in December to me just feels wrong.
2) I completely over-analyze the outdoor Christmas decorations at Target, knowing I can’t buy a light-up snowman for the yard or a blue snowflake for the front door because it never snows here, and so clearly a snowman or anything having to do with snow in my yard would be ridiculous. (Then again, would a light-up festive pink flamingo be any better? Don’t worry. I didn’t buy that, either.)
3) When my mother texts me to let me know a light snow is falling at home, I burn with a twinge of jealousy.
4) It can take an hour to get to a Wednesday night Advent service 4 miles from our house, if traffic is bad.
5) I wonder how in the world people get lights up so beautifully on the roofs of their houses, and I feel a pang of guilt every time my 3-year-old son remarks that we need to have outside lights at our house like everyone else. But that has nothing to do with California. It just has everything to do with my ineptness when it comes to outside lighting.
6) A palm tree adorned with Christmas lights makes this mountain girl slightly nauseous, even if my husband points out that the nativity set we recently unpacked came with palm trees because a person would be much more likely to see palms over pines any day in Bethlehem.
Still, there is plenty to love about this time of year in California. I don’t have to bundle up my boys every time we leave the house. I can (gulp!) wear a skirt to a Christmas service without tights or wool knee-highs. And ever heard of a Christmas light tour through an ocean canal via hydrobike (that’s a bike that moves on water!)? Oh, yes. Date night December, here we come.
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