Well, not really. One of the perks living in the south is fairly moderate, but unpredictable weather. We rarely have days below freezing and the thought of snow is almost laughable. Today's high temperature will be in the 70's and that is just not Christmas weather. It makes it so hard to get into the Christmas spirit. It just doesn't feel like Christmas.
Thanksgiving day we put up our Christmas tree. It was fake, of course, and it is a pain in the butt to put up. It's been in my family close to 20 years, but it is still a Christmas tree. We used to have a real tree for Christmas. My wife and I would spend hours looking for the "perfect" tree. That used to start putting us in the mood for Christmas. Ever since we moved back to where I grew up though, it's been a fake tree every year. There's just something about a fake tree that doesn't do it for me. It took us another three weeks to actually put lights on the tree an decorate it. Again, another message that it just doesn't feel like Christmas. We actually don't even have any presents under our tree because we are scared the kids are going to get into them. It's actually kind of sad. It's just not Christmas in our house yet.
So, how do you get into the Christmas spirit when your walking around in shorts and a T-shirt, complaining about the heat, hating the tree that you see everyday, and not wanting to wrap presents? I say you remember why we celebrate Christmas, be thankful that you're not dealing with three feet of snow, and just try to enjoy this special time of year with your family. There will always be next year to get fully engulfed in the Christmas mood and it will be here soon enough. So, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone out there. Remember the reason for the season and be thankful we've had another year.