As a one-time Colorado native, I’ve experienced my fair share of white Christmases, and they aren’t everything that they’re cracked up to be. Sure, the blankets of crisp white snow look appealing on Christmas cards, but what they don’t tell you about in Christmas songs and holiday TV specials is the work that comes along with it. Including, but not limited to, waking up thirty minutes early to shovel snow from your driveway and defrost your car in below freezing temperatures. And don’t even get me started on the annual blizzards that left me and my family stranded at home for days at a time.
If you ask me, Texas winters are the way to go. I mean really, it’s the first day of winter and I have yet to pull out the flannel pajamas. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of outerwear. But having the option of wearing it as opposed to it being a necessity is pretty great. I’m also a self-professed beach bum, so being able to enjoy the sandy shores year-round (well, almost) is like a dream come true. I’ve even come to appreciate the year-round humidity. It’s like our very own fountain of youth!
My advice to my fellow Texans who are still holding out hope for a winter wonderland is to make like Branded Duo and come to accept the fact that “we just don’t have white Christmases down here.” If you haven’t heard their song “White Christmases in Houston,” you should, it’s the official Christmas anthem of H-Town.
It’s not just the awesome weather that makes Texas Christmases special, though. The people are equally amazing. I know we’re all familiar with the old adage that everything is bigger in Texas. Well, the hearts of its people are no exception. Everyone seems to embody the spirit of Christmas and take it to a whole new level. We give more, we love more, we appreciate more. It’s something I have yet to experience in the same capacity anywhere else.
So as we sip our hot cocoa (or should I say our sweet tea, considering we’ve had temperatures in the eighties this month…?) and prepare to enjoy the holidays, let’s celebrate what we have here in the Lone Star State; flip-flops in December and Christmas tamales being two of them!
Of course, we always love to hear from our awesome followers. What do you love about Texas Christmases?