Let me start of by saying that I love living in the Caribbean. I love that it’s never cold, I love that I don’t have to shovel the snow, or clear the snow off of my car. That being said, there’s something magical about Christmas with snow. As a Canadian expat I grew up mainly in the tropics, but we did spend most of our Christmas holidays in Canada. Because of that there are certain elements of a winter that, to me, make Christmas magical.
Here are the top 9 things that I miss about a winter wonderland Christmas:
8. Snow-ball fights, snow-angels, and snow-forts
7. Snow-men. Although I have made sand-men before and that’s pretty fun.
6. The cute clothing. That’s right, I even miss wearing cute boots and sweaters that I cannot use in the tropics because I’d probably suffer from heat stroke. Of course that does not mean that I long for the scarves, and jackets, and mittens, and hats…especially not for an entire season.
5. Is there anything more adorable then a baby or toddler all bundled up for winter? I think not!
4. The beauty of white fluffy snow
3. Street after street of houses beautifully decorated with Christmas lights. In my experience, in Central American & the Caribbean, very few people decorate the outside of their homes.
2. Christmas stockings hanging from a beautifully decorated mantle. Living in the tropics, most houses don’t even have fireplaces because we don’t need them.
1. Drinking a delicious cup of hot chocolate next to a wood burning fire. There’s just something about the smell and sound of the crackling logs, paired with a hot cup of chocolate that just spells Christmas to me.
So there you have it, those are the top 9 things that I miss about spending Christmas in a winter wonderland! Perhaps next year I can get my family up to Canada for a little visit and so that my son can experience the fun side of snow for the first time. In the meantime I will dig my toes into the sand and continue to enjoy our life here on this gorgeous island with the turquoise water and white sand beaches.
Did I leave anything out? What makes Christmas magical to you?