We've been here in Palm Springs for the past two weeks and my husband and I have yet to really notice that it's Christmas time.
Palm Springs Christmas Trees
Between the beautiful warm 80 degree weather and the fact that we've both been working ourselves to the bone to get our little 80's time capsule vacation condo turned into something a bit more modern, Christmas has really snuck up on us.
I can see now what people mean when they say that it's a little bit strange to be in a place without distinct seasons. You really have to step outside what you've ever thought of as traditional holidays and just embrace what's new and different to you.
One thing we remember as completely magical is the tiny beautiful perfect snowflakes we saw in Joshua Tree National Park when we first came to Palm Springs 2 years ago. It takes very dry conditions to get these; something we would never see in the damp northwest.
Can you see the tiny perfect stars?
We're taking the time to take in what's unique for the holiday season here before we head back home to Seattle in a couple days. And while I'm happy that I had the forethought to prepare my home early for Christmas before we left for this trip so that I wouldn't feel all frazzled and behind when I got back, I have to admit that the fact that the first person to wish me a Merry Christmas this year was a guy that looked like Jimmy Buffet in a red tropical shirt is probably going to be one of the best memories of the season.