My first Christmas in Mississippi

For the first time in my life, I will not have a white Christmas.

James and I in the Capitol last year, one of my favorite pictures.

James and I in the Capitol last year, one of my favorite pictures.

Being a Cleveland, Ohio native, I could always count on Old Man Winter blowing through the city after Thanksgiving, blanketing the city with snow through Christmas day. Sometimes, it wouldn’t snow until Christmas Eve and I would wake up and see the sparkling white paradise outside before opening my presents. This year, I must admit I’m a little jealous of my friends and family that are traveling north for the holiday.

A few weeks ago, James and I made the decision to stay in Mississippi because plane tickets are too expensive at this time of year, and I’m not driving 14 + hours through harsh wintry conditions. Nope, not taking that chance. So, what we plan to do is make a nice Christmas meal and watch our favorite Christmas movies such as The Grinch with Jim Carrey, Bad Santa with Billy Bob Thornton and whatever else comes on television. Besides, with the storms expected to hit the metro area late Sunday and last through Tuesday, why not stay inside? We thought of going to the movies on Christmas day to see “Django Unchained” and “This is 40” but the movie theater can wait a little longer.

The important thing is keeping in mind the reason for Christmas, being thankful that God sent His son Jesus and the tremendous love He’s shown us every day. We don’t have any family members here, but at least we have each other to keep company. I’m sure there will be something else to get into on Christmas day, but I will spend all next week on vacation, relaxing and maybe writing a few short stories. James will be working (Custom Cuts and Styles, 2445 Terry Rd. in Jackson–yeah, shameless plug!) and I will visit relatives on my father’s side next weekend in Rockville, Md. So I will get to see family members after all.

In closing, I wish all of you a merry Christmas, happy holidays and a blessed New Year! Enjoy this throwback video of my solo in the 2011 Central Community Church of God’s Christmas Cantata. Sorry about the distance.

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