Merry Christmas, y'all!
I know quite a few people that can't imagine spending Christmas in Australia or Brazil because it would be warm and stuff. Hah! Pretty much all Christmas movies would have you believe that it snows in all 50 states in the US every Christmas - if it ain't cold, it ain't Christmas. But growing up in Nashville and spending most of my adult life in North Carolina, I remember many more Christmases going around in short sleeves than I do wearing heavy coats. This year is no exception - even the coldest-natured person was running around with at most a light jacket today and it may reach 70 this weekend. I do have a lot of sympathy for the folks that are stuck in O'Hare or otherwise victims of foul weather but that's rarely a problem here (we get it around the second week of January, when we almost inevitably get an ice storm).
Like most long-time Chapel Hillians, we headed off to University Mall and A Southern Season today. No one goes to UMall to do real shopping anymore - it's more a place to pick up some last minute knick-knack, run into folks from church or your neighborhood and pick up a few nummies from ASS. We only did the middle of those (having finished our knick-knacking and nummie-buying earlier in the week) plus we had a nice lunch at the Weathervane, before coming home and doing the last minute "OhGodthisplaceisapigsty" housecleaning. It was, of course, not a pigsty, but there's no question that it looks better now and we can relax and enjoy wrecking it again while I'm off work the next few days.
Here's hoping you all have a magical Christmas and a healthy and happy 2009!