A Southern Christmas for a Northern Girl

Luminaria, a Southern Christmas Eve tradition

A Texas Christmas Tree

A Texas Christmas Tree

It just doesn’t feel like Christmas when there is no snow to shovel,no baking that needs to be done, no presents needing wrapping and no crowds to deal with in the malls.

Don't you believe it. Snow is not welcome.

Don’t you believe it. Snow is not welcome.


The only kind of snow we saw.

The only kind of snow we saw.

Even he couldn't stand up to the heat.

Even he couldn’t stand up to the heat.

It doesn’t feel like Christmas when you spend the days before the big day in the pool or relaxing in the spa and it takes only five minutes to decorate your rig and that long to “undecorate”.

Decorating cacti

Decorating cacti

Santa family in a cactus garden

Santa family in a cactus garden

Imaginative garden decor

Imaginative garden decor

It doesn’t feel like Christmas when most gardens have cacti and you hear breezes rustling through palm trees in your yard and bougainvillea blooms in many vibrant colors.

Flowers in Mexican pots.

Flowers in Mexican pots.

poinsettia tree

poinsettia tree

It may not feel like Christmas but Christmas came to the Rio Grande Valley and there were many signs of the season everywhere.

Cactus Christmas lights

Cactus Christmas lights

A caroller

A caroller

Bright Christmas lights hung in unusual places. There was caroling in the park, a Christmas Eve party and gift exchange and a lovely dinner on Christmas day. Pot luck of course so all you needed to bring was one dish. No spending the whole day in the kitchen cooking and cleaning.
Getting fed

Getting fed

Gifts to exchange

Gifts to exchange

But I did miss some things about Christmas at home. The smell of turkey roasting filling the whole house with its wonderful aroma, and of course turkey sandwiches and turkey soup. I miss quiet times by the fire after the festivities are over. Most of all I miss sitting around the table with my family at the end of another wonderful feast just chatting and feeling the warmth and love that being with loved ones brings.

Lighting the path to our door.

Lighting the path to our door.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

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One comment on “A Southern Christmas for a Northern Girl”

  1. This is the first Christmas I did not fly out to be with my family in CA for Christmas. And that is what I missed this season, the family gathering and sitting around the fire. But we had a great Christmas at the park.


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