have you ever had to let your car run for FOURTY-FIVE MINUTES just to get it to blow warm out of the vents?
have you ever had your eyelashes and nostrils freeze solid in the space of time it takes you to get from the parking lot to the grocery store?
have you ever had to move a space heater from room to room with you because the blasting cold air seeps through every space in your home?
have you ever lived on a day so cold they cancelled school because the buses couldn't start?
those memories trump the festive ones, in so far as determining where i want to live my life. where i would celebrate my holidays is a different question entirely.... as long as i get to come home when they are done! :)
(i have actually looked like the person in this photograph. much to my sorrow!)