We flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico the day after Christmas to visit my family. My brother Mike lived in Texas at the time, but he had arrived in New Mexico a few days before we did. This was the year of the “snowstorm of the century” in New Mexico. I’ve lived in Utah most of my life so I’ve seen plenty of snow and some really big storms. Well, this really was one for the record books, even by Utah standards! It hit a few days after we got there. Of course they don’t usually get much snow in New Mexico so they had no way to handle all of the white stuff. We were pretty worried that we wouldn’t be able to fly home as many flights were delayed or cancelled. We did have to wait at the airport for about 5 hours, but we made it home without incident.
I took this picture when it was finally time to board our flight. We were all pretty relieved!
Other favorite holiday memories from 2006:
Setting out the Garfield holiday village pieces that we inherited from my Mom. I haven’t put these out the past few years and seeing this photo made me miss them so much, that I think I will dig them out again.
Dipping tons of stuff in chocolate for neighbor gifts. Girlie dipped herself in chocolate also which really freaked out her brother!
Going to a live nativity. It was really cold to stand in line for this event, but we totally forgot about that once we were inside. Very meaningful.
The Christmas with the purple tinsel – or the year Katie almost went “Chevy Chase” on everyone.
As you can see, I love the traditional colors of Christmas. My tree was all decked out in red, gold, green. I had worked my rear end off getting my house ready for company. My brother’s then-girlfriend came with my family for a visit. She and my brother Mike came up from Texas. My parents and my brother Zach came up from Albuquerque. Our house did not have a finished basement at the time and only had 3 total bedrooms (2 of which are very small). We had 9 people sleeping in a 3 bedroom house that only had a queen bed and two twin beds. Lots of floor sleeping. Crowded conditions + someone new who we weren’t that familiar with. Me cooking 3 meals a day for 9 people. Several people in the kitchen giving me advice. Small kitchen. Hosting a dinner night for the same 9 people plus 5 more (my in-laws). A ginormous roast (brought by my parents) and no one knowing how to cook the darn thing since it didn’t’ fit in a pan. Apparently, my Mom knew how to do it, but she didn’t share that knowledge until after the fact. We even tried the barbeque (in the snow) where said slab of meat actually caught on fire!
I kept it together amazing well. Until my brother’s girlfriend covered my Christmas tree in purple tinsel without asking me. For some reason, that was the straw that broke the Katie’s back. Hubby worried I was going to go all “Chevy Chase” (ala Christmas Vacation). I almost did. I had to take a walk. Mike and his girlfriend had to take a walk. I gathered myself together and made nice. I kept the purple tinsel on my tree. When my in-laws came over that night for our dinner, my father-in-law pulled Hubby aside and said “What’s with the tinsel?” Hubby shooshed him and cautioned him to never mention the word “tinsel” in my presence. LOL! The funny thing is that it really wasn’t about the tinsel. It wasn’t even about the girlfriend. If she had been the right one for my brother, I would have welcomed her into the family with open arms. It was just about me reaching my limit. It turns out there is a line that you can’t cross with me, and that line is putting purple tinsel on my Christmas tree! Who knew?
This will forever be etched in my memory as the Christmas with purple tinsel. It really doesn’t look too bad in the photos, but I’ve never liked tinsel on trees in general. And this was purple.
Another funny memory related to this – When my in-laws did arrive for dinner that night (I believe it was Christmas Eve?) my son answered the door. When he saw them all standing there he shouted out “Oh no! More people! We have no room!” He also had reached his limit.
More Christmas memories from 2005:
My kids at the Festival of Trees.
My son and my brother Zach at Gardner Village. We went with my Mom to see the Christmas decorations. Zach (like many teenagers) refused to wear a coat. The problem is that he is still like that even in his twenties.
One of the highlights of the family visit was when we all went downtown to see the lights on Temple Square. Except for the part when a drunk guy started harassing us. True story.
Believe it or not, it was still a “Merry Christmas!”
Want to play along? What is the weather usually like for you on Christmas? Do you have a snowy “White Christmas” or are you in the middle of warm summer months during the holiday season? Has the weather ever changed your holiday plans? Have you ever been snowed in, or stranded at an airport because of weather complications?
Or how about this one…Have you hosted family in your home for the holidays? Did you have enough room for everyone? What were the sleeping arrangements? Any “Chevy Chase” moments?