It’s Christmas Eve.
I hope you’re at home surrounded by people you love, drinking something warm and enjoying life. That’s what I’m doing.
Since this is the last post be Blogmas ends I thought I’d share another one of my favorite holiday memories.
So, last time I told you all about how the family started going up North for Christmas and spending the holiday in the snow. When we first started going up to Flagstaff for Christmas we could sled and play in the snow right outside of our hotel, in this lot across the street, like I mentioned. But, it wasn’t long before that got stopped by the City, putting up fences and closing off the lot so we needed a new place to play.
That’s when my Dad got the bright idea that we should ski. There’s a place up there called SnowBowl. They have snow all year round, even if they have to make artificial snow. There’s a ski lodge and you can rent ski ad snowboard equipment, take lessons and go on the ski lifts.
And that’s what we did. My brother, my only brother, learned how to snowboard. He was surprisingly good at it. And all the sisters learned to ski. We spent hours the day after Christmas on the mountain. We had lessons, for a few hours, then we got lift passes as part of the tuition for our ski lessons.
For the record, skiing in hard, it’s painful and you fall down so much it’s obnoxious. But, even with all of that, it was really fun.
We are by no means ski or snowboard experts, even with the lessons and the practice, but it was awesome getting to fly down the mountain, turning your knees to change directions and then falling on your butt to stop.
We weren’t dressed for snow weather. They tell you not to wear cotton, like jeans, to wear gloves lined with water-proofing, same with jackets, to cover your ears and eyes and to wear sunscreen. Did we do any of that? Of course not!
So, of course, we were all blistered and freezing by the time we got in the truck to go home. We were so cold that sitting in front of the heater burned our skin. We couldn’t even take hot baths.
Even with all of that though, we had the best day. One of those Christmas memories that will stick with us forever!