Baby, it's cold outside...

...somewhere other than Hawaii, anyway.

I had decided that I wasn't going to do another one of those posts about the spirit of Christmas. Everyone's blogging about how nice it is to be home for the holidays, to go on sleigh rides, to roast chestnuts on an open fire... It's all been there, done that, covered that Christmas song - until you get to Christmas in Hawaii!

Yes, friends, this Christmas I am in Hawaii. But let's not dwell too long on those details; we need to get back to why I love Christmas in general.

1. Christmas carols. There are some really bad Christmas carols out there. But there's just something about them (the good ones, at least) that gets me in the singing mood. I could hang out with some cookies and some carols for a good long while, which brings me to my next point...

2. Cookies. Do I need to say any more? Come on, who doesn't love cookies?

3. Wrapping presents. I don't care about whatever's inside the wrapping paper - I just want to wrap it! My wrapping has gotten a little more anal precise over the years, what with the folding over the paper so there aren't any ragged edges, curling ribbons with scissors, etc., etc. One of my friends used to be paid by her parents to wrap everyone's Christmas presents (except her own, of course), and boy, I wanted that job.

There's not much of that going on in Hawaii - most of it wouldn't fit in our suitcases. So, for the time being, I'll have to be content with warm days and pretty beaches.