Monday, December 20, 2010

Anti-White Christmas

My son commented that Irving Berlin was crazy. "He's in Beverly Hills for Christmas, and he is complaining?"
"I know, I'd give serious money to be bored by the pool in Beverly Hills right now."
"And all these songs about winter being the most wonderful time of the year are just pro-winter propaganda."
Question: why does no one sing of the pleasures of being in California at Christmas? I grew up there, and believe me, it is a pleasure. It is usually warm, people can barbecue, ride bikes and walk by the beach.
It was snowing on Thursday when I was at the doctor's office. I mentioned that the snow was a shock still to a warm weather California girl like me. The doctor laughed. "This is nothing!", she said. "I'm from Chicago."
And people can stop with the weather one-upmanship too.
If I whine about the ice and freezing rain here in Virginia, I can guarantee that some wiseacre will inform me in a smug tone that they are from New Hampshire/Vermont/ Wisconsin/North Dakota/Canada/North Pole and there "We'd be walking around in shorts in weather like this."


LindaC said...

Actually, Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" while sitting at the pool at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. Anyway that's how the story goes and the link you provided to Wikipedia says the same thing. The people at the Biltmore in Phoenix consider this quite the claim to fame - among other things. It was probably 70 or 80 degrees and sunny that day in Phoenix. :)

Anita (Summer Gypsy) said...

The snowy scene looks beautiful. I think you have the right attitude to have gratitude for wherever you are, snowy or not. There is beauty in both. (I write from Florida and feel a bit of the nostalgia of "dreaming of a White Christmas") Have a Happy Holiday wherever you are.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I grew up in California, too, and I'd take temperate year round weather over "seasons" any day of the week.

yummy supper said...

Too true about the white Christmas thing. This year we are in the Southern Hemisphere and I keep thinking we need to see images of surfing Santas:)
Wishing you a happy 2011!