Bah Humbug; Going to the Snow for the Holidays
Christmas in July? Anyone?
Ever since I moved to the west coast to get away from the cold and snow I find myself going back for a month at a time every other year to jump right back into the gruesome white stuff and the bitter cold.
Yes the holidays. If you live in the cold winter weather that is marketed with the holidays you get a warm and cozy feeling but if you live in a warm climate you can get frostbite just watching the commercials for Christmas.
Why can't Christmas be celebrated in July? The kids are out of school, lots of parents take holidays then, the celebration could be longer and more families could have reunions that were bigger?! What do you think? I'm in, anyone else?
I'd love to go back in the summer when it's hot like crazy and there are lots of outdoor activities to do that can fill a month easily. The plain truth is traveling across the country with family is expensive and the only time the entire family is actually in town across the country is over the Christmas holidays.
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Now don't get me wrong I love visiting with my family and we'll have a great month; my kidlet is thrilled to be going back to the family that loves her to death and ... the snow. Me not so much. I left the snow for a reason; I hate it. I can't stand snow and everything that comes with it, except watching it fall and stick for the first time in the season ... other than that yuck.
I hate the cold even more. When I get cold I can't get warm. The only thing I can think of is being cold. My body tightens up and it actually starts to hurt my joints. Being bundled up doesn't seem to help, only applying heat. I spend my winter in warm baths, the pool and hot tub, inside as much as possible and wrapped in a warm blanket. I love having the heated laptop on my legs it actually works really well to keep me toasty warm.
There are lots of bonuses going back to the cold and staying with my parents the main one being that my mom suffers from the same affliction to the cold. Her issue has a name "cold agglutinin disease", mine doesn't yet. That means her house will be nice and warm and I'll be snug as a bug in a rug; the rest of my family will be sweating and living in shorts (I better remind them).
everyone loves snow ... almost
I've been ridden with all sorts of health issues for almost two years now and so our family hasn't been able to go back for Christmas for three years but we're doing it this year. I'll hobble around their house and everyone can come to visit us this time. Usually when we go back we spend our time running around like crazy people trying to visit as many people as we can. This time I can't - literally, so it's a great excuse to actually relax and spend quality time together.
And that's why we go back, for that quality time together, for those extended moments, late nights and spontaneous sleepovers that are remembered fondly. We create new memories and recall old ones.
I love staying with them because I really get a sense of how my parents are doing health wise. Older folks can only fake a routine for about a week, two at the most, then they get too tired to pretend and they slip back into normal. We'll cook and clean, help get dad's computer and technical issues figured out. We'll clear out whatever rooms they need decluttering and pitch in with the shopping and running around. We'll take over for a few weeks and give them a break and live entertainment in the form of our company at the same time.
This time they've taken out all the Christmas decorations from storage and left them for us to put up; my daughter is so excited to be able to decorate Nana and Grampa's house for them, she'll never forget it. We're staying into January so we'll also pack it back up before we go.
I'm excited to see my family and reconnect, can't wait as a matter of fact; but I still wish Christmas was in July. Who's with me?