It's not just that there's no snow or cold. (As far as I'm concerned, that's a blessing. I loathe cold and dreary and snowy.) I don't need that stuff to feel all Christmassy. In fact, we had a nice Christmas in Los Angeles a few years ago, and it's felt fine and Christmassy there, despite the beach and sun and warm (beautiful, perfect) weather.
Nope. It's something more, like...
No jingly music in the stores or restaurants. No crazy 1950's lights hanging on the lampposts. No ringing bells on the street corners. No eggnog milkshakes at McDonald's. It's just not...home. It's just not...what I'm used to.
Initially, I made the best of it. Decorated up our sweet little pre-lit Christmas tree and stuck those reusable plastic window clings in the window. Kids wore their Santa hats to pajama day at school last week. I still threatened that Santa totally won't show up this year and give them any presents if they don't shut up and go to bed. Like all good little children do. But outside of the home and work it's just not Christmassy. And I haven't been in a jolly good mood about it.
But. Finally, finally! We had an event this past weekend that really succeeded in getting me in the Christmas spirit. Santa arrived here. ON A CAMEL.
I can't make this stuff up! It.Was.Awesome.
|Arriving in style. Cairo style.|
|Ten seconds later, Kellen had a meltdown,|
clawing his way off Santa's lap.
Christmassy this year is marked by being with the kids and the fab hubby and watching Santa arrive in style on a camel. It's a good feeling, even though it's a different feeling. The Christmas decorations with the palm trees in the background, the warm air, the sand, and changing lyrics to mesh with the local decor (I think "Grandma Got Run Over By A Camel" totally rocks. Or how about "Up on the Pyramid" instead of "Up on the Rooftop"? Don't groan. You'd do it, too.). All of it is Christmassy.
So no matter what holiday you celebrate, or how you celebrate or where you celebrate, enjoy. Grab on to your Christmassy, whatever it is, and don't let go.