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Maybe you should move! The Christmas cheer is in full swing here in the Midwest. We will be getting snow this week. The tree is up. (We're not religious here either, btw.) I have plenty of wood for the stove. We're enjoying the early nights and gray days. Chili and cookies and all sorts of food comfort of the season. We're doing secret santa at work and it's been fun thinking up things for my giftee. Dd has already made a list for me (but can't come up with one for herself) and has been shopping, which is surprising because she doesn't like to shop. I abhor shopping, so mine has been done online. I love this season and I'm sure the weather helps to make it more... snuggly. I hope you can find some joy in the season. Materialism isn't going to make the season bright, anyway. Having fun with friends and family can easily be the focus to enjoy the season. For me, that means that my dd is out of school and dh doesn't have to work (he's a university professor) so I get to have my family around me more. It has nothing to do with the actual holiday, but the fact that the season is REALLY changing and it's time to get things ready for cold weather. I think this makes a big difference... I would never want to live somewhere that it's warm and sunny in December. I probably wouldn't get into any holiday or seasonal cheer, either.
I agree that black Friday is alien to me as well. I'd rather have my fingernails pulled out than to shop on that day. In fact, I refuse to shop on Saturday ANY time of the year. But beyond that, there's a lot to do to have fun this season whether it's in the sun or the snow. You can still serve people all year long and enjoy what others are doing now. But I understand that it could be hard to do so without any cold and snow. I doubt you'd like it here, though. It's gray, gray, gray with gray skies and gray trees and dying grass. I happen to love it, but...
AP Mom to 5
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