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Bah Humbug; Going to the Snow for the Holidays

Updated on September 8, 2012

Christmas in July? Anyone?

I want seashells during the holidays
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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).

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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?

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      lights on palm trees sounds just perfect!

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      RRachel 6 years ago

      I hate the cold stuff too, too cold for me. Glad I left it. South America sounds so beautiful to me. Christmas in July? I'm for it. Voted up.

      I loved seeing lights and Christmas decorations on palm trees.

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      yeah Anne Marie, agreed, a warm Christmas, and maybe we'll ask Santa not to sport his bathing suit ;O)

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      Red Dwyer 6 years ago from Crandall, TX

      I vote July. With three children's birthdays in July, I could save a bundle in doubled up gifts. Stay warm and save money. Win Win.


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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      ok - I/m getting those ice cleats for my boots when I go back so there's no chance I'll slip on the ice that comes with the snow. Half of our bags are filled with winter coats, snow pants, and big clothes ... burrrr, it's going to be clod but in truth I am excited to be going back for the visit, and I'll watch the snow from inside my parents warm and cozy abode,

      femmeflashpoint some coco sounds good; and

      fpherj48 the thought of Santa in a bathing suit is a little to much information even for the imagination!


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      femmeflashpoint 6 years ago

      eye say,

      I've got friends and kin like you who hate the white stuff, so I do appreciate your sentiments on the aversion to cold and snow.

      But for me, I still love the stuff, lol! And, living away from home in a climate that's warmer during much of the year than the mid-west, how the terraine looks on Christmas is usually a huge downer and I'm always wishing I could be home spending a Christmas draped in white with my home team around the fireplace, or the bonfire, or anywhere else that we might be gathered for happy times and loads of cocoa.

      Hope you have a great time on your trip and find both your parents doing well.

      I admire your tenacity in cold-coping. :)

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      Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I promise, this is my final answer.....but I LIVE ON one of our Great Lakes and probably can count on one hand, the number of times I've gone swimming or even sat on the beach. Depends on what we enjoy, don't ya think? Christmas morning...all my grandchildren have a Merry ole time, sledding & snow-boarding down our hills..making snowmen & having snowball fights!. Then come in all giggly and pink-cheeked to sit around the fireplace and drink Hot cocoa...Now THAT's a CHRISTMAS MORNING!! LOL.....Swimming??? Santa doesn't SWIM!!

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      one of you has moved to the warmth and one is in a fluffy robe .... hummm ... 50/50 vote so far ... come on people, we can swim in the lake Christmas morning ... and not freeze!!!


      thanks for the comments! Happy you both live in climates that suit you!

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      Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      eye say....Am peering out my window at the beautiful, cold white blanket all around....wrapped in a fluffy robe and feeling comfy and cozy. After several decades of authentic "winters," I can't even imagine living elsewhere. I'm happy to enjoy the warmth of Summer, freshness of Spring, the beauty of Autumn and crispness of Winter. Have spent time all over our country and continue to love coming back to my little corner. Very interesting hub....Voted Up.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      This is funny. :) I love how you use the word "kidlet". I, too, am not friends with the cold. I grew up in a cold state and now live in a warmer state. I like it! Voted up and everything else.