A Southern California Christmas

This will be the first Christmas away from our home in Denali since the late 90’s. For many years we have hosted Christmas dinner at our house and today we are missing our friends.

Christmas time in Alaska means very short daylight hours, temperatures that range around 0 degrees and snow on the ground. A white christmas typically always holds true in Alaska.

Christmas Time At Taylor Base Camp
Christmas Time At Taylor Base Camp

Christmas in Alaska usually means having to finish your shopping weeks in advance since our closest city is 125 miles away in Fairbanks. There is no last minute Christmas eve shopping.

Since there are no stop lights and only a couple of stop signs near our home the only traffic congestion is typically moose or caribou standing in the road.

Tim at -30 Degrees
Tim at -30 Degrees

For the first time in a long time we will be with our family in southern California for the holidays. We are really looking forward to the festivities but……we will be experiencing a very different christmas environment altogether this year.

The forecast reads +70 degrees for Christmas day. There are more places to shop here than there are stars in the sky. Gasoline prices are the lowest in years so everyone is driving and going somewhere and I mean everybody!

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We will be wearing shorts and t-shirts instead of parkas and gloves. We will be wearing sun glasses instead of goggles. We will be playing croquet in the back yard instead of cross country skiing.
Westlake Xmas tree

Along Hwy. 101
Along Hwy. 101
Typical So Cal Holiday House Lighting
Typical So Cal Holiday House Lighting
Local Christmas Decorations
Local Christmas Decorations
Christmas 1965
Taylor Family on Christmas Day 1965
Backyard Campsites Were At a Premium
Backyard Campsites Were At a Premium
Backyard Fun
Backyard Fun
Roxanne and Robben Made Excellent Rumaki's
Roxanne and Robben Made Excellent Rumaki’s
Denise Makes Her Famous Kringler
Denise Makes Her Mothers Famous Kringler
Very Cool Nephews and Nieces
Very Cool Nephews and Nieces
Good Looking 94 year Old Mother
A Good Looking 93 Year Old Mother
Backyard Croquet Game Surrounding the Zefyr
A Very Energized Backyard Croquet Game Surrounding the Zefyr

Our future plans are to depart after New Years for “The Big Show” in Quartzite, visiting friends in southern Arizona and maybe a foray into New Mexico.

So from our house to yours may you all have a Great Christmas and very Happy New Year from Tim, Denise, Tuks and LuLu.

Keep you posted……

2 thoughts on “A Southern California Christmas

    1. And a wonderful New Year to you two. These posts are just great, especially the early photos and the then and now aspect. Has that smile of Denise’s ever changed? And Tim’s hair…all the best, from envious, Old Baldy.

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