Saturday, July 25, 2009

Traveling at Christmas

Many of my fondest Christmas Memories don't involve being at home. We began traveling to Taos, New Mexico when I was pretty small. We went for a week (Friday to Friday) and were always there over Christmas. Each year, we stayed at a wonderful place called the St. Bernard. Santa would visit me in Taos. He would fill my stocking and would bring one or two gifts, but he left most the loot back home and I had to wait to get it. I LOVED to ski, so that was okay by me.

If you look just below the ginormous goggles and just above the neck warmer, you can see I have a huge smile on my face!

Here I am, a little snow bunny.

We broke off the ski tradition at some point, and then when I was in junior high, we picked back up and went skiing with two other families. We usually left late on Christmas night or early, early on the 26th to head for Taos.

Once in Junior High, we went to the Bahamas for Christmas (but I couldn't find photographic proof!)

The next photos are from a trip to NYC in 1995...

Please disregard my horrible hair. I was in college, rebelling against my curls, and though I'm right handed, I did not have the use of my right hand on this trip (please note purple cast peeking out from the sleeve of my coat). Thank you.

It is hard to find ANYTHING better than NYC at Christmas

The Rocketts at Radio City, the Tree, Little Italy, the window displays...

It is a magical time to be in the city.

My paternal grandparents got married on Christmas Day, so to celebrate their 50th in 1997, 20 or so of us went to Cozumel.

On Christmas Day, my Mom and I flew in an itty bitty scary plane over to the mainland to visit Chichin Itza Mayan Ruins.

This is some of what we saw...

and climbed (none of those butts are mine by the way)...

and had to climb down (my Mom said she wasn't going to climb down and I remember telling her I didn't think they would let her "move in" up there in the temple)

Traveling has been such a part of so many Christmases, that it almost feels strange to stay at home and celebrate.


laterg8r said...

love the travelling pics - i'm with your mom, i didn't want to go back down either. ended up going on my bum ;)

Maggi said...

Wow, what wonderful memories to have! And you're right, there's nothing like Christmas in NY!

printersdevil said...

Wow, so many places for Christmas. I would love to visit New York, especially during the holidays.

Cozumel is one of my fav places, though.

Karen said...

Wow! I've never been to NYC before (even though I lived Upstate for four years as a kidlet). thank you for sharing your pics, because even with the weather and all (coming from CA....we'd need to invest in something called a, um, oh my goodness, I've almost forgotten....a coat!)the holiday visitors, December would seem to be a wonderful month to visit!

Oh yes, and I think I'm there with you Mom.....that view DOWN looks TERRIFYing!! Funny, I love to fly, love rollercoasters, but am pertrified of heights!!

Wonderful post! :>

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

haha...did I say already...but I love your sense of humor!!! great traveling Christmases!


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