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This year we will celebrate our 13th Christmas in Florida after relocating to the area in 2005. It seems like just yesterday that we moved South with Jake going into 1st grade and Goalielocks as a toe-headed toddler. The Mayor was but a twinkle in our eye when we moved South.
Our first couple of Christmas’ we headed back North to Minny to celebrate with the family. This only lasted a couple of years because the holiday dinner circuit was exhausting. It was tough only being in Minny for a couple of weeks because it never felt like we got enough time with everyone. Inevitable, someone always ended up mad because we hadn’t spent enough time at their house or with their family. It got old quick.
While we were stressed, the boys loved the snow and being home with family for Christmas. At least until Christmas of 2007. We headed northwards for 2.5 weeks. The weather when we landed was perfect, but that quickly changed. In a mere 72 hours, the balmy mid-20 degree weather was gone and the temperature was well below zero. Damn Alberta clipper! For the remainder of our time in Minny, we were homeward bound. It was far too cold to take our boys out in the subzero weather. Consequently, as we prepared to head back to Florida, I informed my parents that we wouldn’t be heading north for Christmas anymore.
Since 2007, we’ve spent Christmas here in Florida. It’s significantly less stressful for us and more enjoyable. In 2009, we started sending the boys to Minny for the summer, so they got ample time to spend with our entire family. We miss seeing our family and the beautiful snow, but the novelty wears off far too quick now. Plus, we’ve headed Northward for the last 5 years for out of state hockey tournaments. We’ve had no shortage of winter weather.
Several years ago, we started a tradition of a Christmas brunch with my bro, his wife and friends. I bake my caramel rolls, while the Hubby makes an amazing cholesterol bake. Mimosas and presents about and everyone is happy. In addition, we grew our tradition to include paintball. Its amazing how much better you feel about all the caramels roll you eat after playing paintball for hours in the heat. We conclude our Christmas with Chinese food. Its not the most traditional Christmas, but it’s our Christmas.
There are a couple of places I would love to celebrate Christmas.. My list of places includes: Norway, Germany (Christmas markets), France with my French family, Hawaii, Iceland and maybe even another Christmas in Minny. If you could celebrate Christmas anywhere, where would it be?
Tonight’s song is “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlmen” as performed by The Pentatonix.