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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Are you a cold-weather person or hot weather? Me? I love the fall and winter.  

I know, I know, people in the Midwest want to hurt me when I say that, but I just can't help myself. I love all four seasons that the Midwest has to offer. Give me the gentle rains of springtime, the warm breezes of summer, the crisp air of autumn and, yes, even the snowflakes of winter. I'm deliriously happy with all of them.

You all know how I love Christmas. (Colleen will most likely gasp just seeing that word on our blog before December. Heck, I might even wear brown today.) Well, the stores already have trees out and decorations, but I haven't done a single thing Christmasy, just so you know. 

Yes, I understand that it's not even Halloween yet, but I'm just saying.  By the way, is there anyone on this blog who remembers what I do at the first snowfall? Time's up. I crank up my California Raisins Christmas CD and let the festivities begin!!!  My neighbors call and rejoice with me, I dance around the house, and my heart lights up like a, well, Christmas tree.

I'm sure this post will bring bah humbugs, but it won't deter my enthusiasm in the least, so save your breath.  Just throw chocolate my way, and let me live in my happy little world.

So are you a fair-weather person? Love all the changing seasons, or want only hot weather, cold weather? Or are you not even remotely interested in what season it is and wonder why in the world you're still reading this stupid blog post today? 

Just wondering . . . .

Diann Hunt  
posted at 10:21 PM  
  Comments (24)
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At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Cathy S. said...

I don't like cold weather. I'm already wearing sweatshirts and bundling up.

Just so I won't be caught unawares when the temperatures really drop.

Cathy Shouse

At 11:05 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

I LOVE fall. I love sweaters and boots and browns and oranges, and hot tea and hot chocolate and crunchy leaves and boots, coats, crackling fires, the crisp night sky, and boots.

However, when it gets too cold, IT'S TOO COLD. I feel like I can't warm up after Christmas (before then, the Christmas cheer keeps me toasty!). I love Christmas sooooooo much too. :) It's wonderful. I don't celebrate Halloween, so the Christmas season can start early.

I've already purchased a Christmas ornament, and that was two weeks ago. =)

At 11:09 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I like our four seasons, too, and my birthday is EXACTLY 2 weeks before Christmas! I already have a Christmas tree on my Facebook, and I leave my Willow Tree Nativity up all year round. (It's beautiful and tells a story, ok?)

I'm with you, Di. Oh, and I'd have 10 winter coats if my husband would let me. And boots to match each one.

At 1:45 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I love winter and spring.
No snow where I live, but that's ok. I really don't like the heat of summer - I wilt, literally! It was worse when our family lived in Western Australia and it would be really, really hot for more than a week.
I love spring, because life just seems to be bursting out. Blossoming trees, more birds singing (although I don't enjoy the magpies swooping). I just feel more alive.

At 7:26 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

I complain about winter because I don't like the cold. BUT I have come to the conclusion if I didn't have the cold winters, I wouldn't appreciate spring and summer and their warmth and new life. So Winter has its place.

As far as Christmas, you do realize we in Northern IN have HAD our first snow. Monday and Tuesday at like 2:00 AM there was snow coming down. If it wasn't for the news stations filming it, I would never know it! It didn't stick. Some places had an inch or so.

My tree will probable come out next week. It is fake so I let to get the two of them out and let them breath while I rearrange branches. Then after a day or two, I begin with lights. It becomes a HUGE process. I like to get them out early so I have plenty of time to enjoy all the decorations. Dec. goes by SO quickly!

At 8:07 AM, Blogger Amy said...

My Christmas tree is in the living room waiting to be decorated. I never put the tree away-sat on the porch-waiting.

I love the seasons-give me a chance to wear my sweatshirts and not feel guilty for being warm and cozy.

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Fall is my very favorite time of year--I just hate what comes after. It's not the cold or the snow that bothers me--it's the no sunshine for weeks on end. Totally gets me down. So I hate winter. I don't mind ANY temp as long as there's sunshine which is why Arizona is so appealing. Hawaii too, which I'm leaving for in three days!

I love Christmas--but when it's TIME for Christmas. Give each day its due. LOL I despise when Christmas stuff goes up before Thanksgiving. We should be SO thankful for all the blessings God has given us but the holiday has gotten so short changed anymore.

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I love the changing seasons but fall is at the top of my list with winter being a close second. I'd much rather be cold than hot.

Because when you're cold you can always put more on but when you're hot you can't always take more off.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Suzanne, those are my thoughts EXACTLY!! You can get warm by adding clothes, but there's no relief in the sweltering heat!

I understand about the grey days, too, Colleen. I don't like that, either. But I sure love the crisp chill and bright sunshine of autumn.

All this talk made me listen to my Christmas music this morning! I RARELY do that before the first snow. Just couldn't help myself today. *g*

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I love cold weather. I'd rather be cold than hot any day.

We have a friend who never takes her Christmas tree down. At Easter she decorates it with eggs, in the summer with flowers, at Thanksgiving with turkeys, etc. Now that we've gotten used to the idea, it actually looks quite good in her living room. :)

You can put a Christmas count-down on your Facebook, by the way. I have one: 56 days.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Hey, it's better than hearing the annual rant from Colleen on daylight savings time. LOL

It's like 55 degrees here today and I HATE that. I am a summer girl, but I have my little Presto log on, so I guess I'm adapting.

Spring is my favorite because it's not too hot, and I like Fall except my MS usually acts up around then, so that part annoys me. I like weather that isn't extreme in either direction.

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'm happy with time going back to REAL TIME this weekend. LOL Another good thing about autumn!

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I LOVE AUTUMN... it has all of my favorite colors in it. And I ditto Kayla's first paragraph becuase that sums it up to a tee!!

I love snow too - it's so WHITE and pretty and crisp and clean ... until the snowplow goes through and screws things up. I like to cross country ski and then come inside for a hot cup of hot cocoa.

MMMMM... let the best seasons in teh world begin!!

Oh and Diann - I thought of you the other day. One of our youth kids from church (who is dramatically addicted to chocolate) went hiking with us and we broke open the thermos of hot cocoa. She took a sip and her eyes flew open, she got all excited and started sputtering, "it's like - like - it's like LIQUID CHOCOLATE!"
Needless to say, her enthusiastic statement of the obvious being such a revelation was quite humorous and the thought crossed my mind if you get this ecstatic when you drink hot cocoa?! :)

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Annie said...

ok, so i'm with you diann... i usually start listening to christmas music november 1st. when i was little, on Halloween night, right after we got home from trick-or-treating, my dad would make us listen to christmas music as we sorted through all our candy! i blame him.

when i lived in St paul, MN and Peoria, IL, I loved the fall colors, change in temps and winter snowfalls. I hate driving in snow though!

I grew up in southern CA and now live in nor cal, so it's different now too! We're up by the sierra's and I love the changing colors we get here. But i hate how insanely dry it is. No RAIN! I need some fall rain!

At 4:42 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Okay, so it appears I'm not alone in this Christmas early business. That's great to know! And that most of you prefer cold to hot--or at least chilly to hot. Course, we take what we get, but I try to enjoy all the seasons, really.

Jaime, that story just cracked me up! Liquid chocolate. There's just nothing like it! *g*

Oooo, sorry about the little rain thing, Anne. I should probably move there. I have bad hair days in the rain.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Kay Day said...

I love living where there are four seasons! I live in Colorado, so we get some nice seasonal changes. Our spring could use some work, but I still like it.

My favorites are the cool months though. I only endure the summer. I could go straight from spring to fall and be ok with that. Fall is my favorite of all, but winter is a close second.
I think I have reverse SAD, so I actually enjoy cloudy weather, but we don't get much of it here.

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Judy said...

Diann, don't tell Colleen, but our local Christian radio station has the tradition of playing Christmas carols on Halloween. I've been listening to them all day. :-)

At 2:01 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Diann, I went to Ikea yesterday (31/10) and they already have the Christmas trees on sale. How interesting--because the Turks don't use the trees until New Years Day. (Christmas is not a holiday celebrated in Turkey.) I guess if you're a Swedish retailer you go with the trends "at home."

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Judy, that's hilarious! Our stations don't play Christmas this early, but well, I do. *g* Glad you're enjoying it--and, um, I won't tell Colleen. *g*

Pam, I'm curious, do you still put up a tree, or do you just celebrate Christmas in other ways?

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

We put up our tree (a little 4-foot thing) on the first day of Advent, but put nothing on it. Then on each day until Christmas we just put on one type of ornament--e.g., stars, white ornaments, wooden ornaments from Bethlehem, red ornaments,angels, shepherds, etc. The tree is finally fully decorated on Christmas Eve. It is part of our Advent anticipation. Each evening we light our Advent candle, do a reading, and then put on the next "type" of ornament.

Our traditional meal for Christmas Eve is soup, shepherd salad, and water--like something the shepherds might have eaten. After we eat that, we go to church to sing carols. On Christmas Day we do something with friends. Last year, we had several families over to play games outside (e.g., basketball and floorball). We are not tied by traditions, so we've made our own--e.g., We usually have a birthday cake for Jesus.

One year we didn't have presents--we gave gifts instead to some refugees we knew. Another year we opened some small gifts on St. Nicholas Day (6 December) like the Dutch do. We haven't decided yet what we will do this year: that's a discussion for the first day of Advent.

If you've ever been in a country that doesn't celebrate Christmas, it's VERY different. You have to make it special yourself, so it can be quite meaningful. It took us a long time to figure this out--but now I no longer wish for a "real American Christmas." I really like what we do instead.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Oops. I forgot. Last year it was Christmas Eve when we played floorball and ate turkey. We had the soup on Christmas Day.

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Wow, Pam, thank you for sharing!!! I LOVE what you do during advent, slowing adding the ornaments. That is soooo cool!!

I'm sure it is very different being in a culture where Christmas is not recognized. But it's really awesome how it's made your own Christmas so much more meaningful.

Thanks, again for sharing!

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

im way way behind but im a summer girl. Summer is cricket season. I am not mad on winter it means chopping wood but i like a nice warm fire.
now if i got to see snow for a couple of days that would be good.
a white christmas would be interesting as ours is often hot.
and I have had christmas on my mind for weeks now all my gifts are bought.

At 4:04 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Ausjenny, all your Christmas gifts are bought?!!!!! THAT is amazing!!! You're my inspiration!

Although I love to celebrate Christmas early, I'm usually still trying to figure out that one special gift to get Aunt Martha or Uncle Harry. *g*


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