Off of the Grid

It’s all about the holidays

I was sitting here thinking to myself about all the things we didn’t do for the holidays. The well intentioned activities I had planned, the Christmas dinner feast, the demonstrations we missed. Then I thought about what we DID do for the holidays. We spent every moment of time we had together as a family. Laughing, playing, and loving.

What didn’t we do?

  • We didn’t get to zoo lights this year.
  • We didn’t see the snow at La Encantada.
  • We didn’t get to the botanical gardens for their light and luminaria display.
  • We didn’t get to the mission to see the hundreds of real paper bag and candle luminarias decorating the landscape.
  • We have not yet made it to the ice skating rink but we still might do that – they continue it until January 1st.
  • We did not make a single feast. All the important cooking one is supposed to do – we just never did. Except for the Santa cookies – totally made Santa cookies!


What did we do?

  • Got to see Santa fly in at the Pima Air and Space museum! They had a petting zoo, activities, a breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa and of course the planes!
  • We read the Night Before Christmas as a bedtime story just like we have every year.
  • I sang in a holiday concert with a Gospel Choir and let me tell you – there is nothing like singing carols with a gospel choir!
  • We walked the neighborhoods of Winterhaven on Christmas Day with some dear friends we haven’t gotten a chance to see in a while.
  • New Bike!

  • We sang carols so much that our 3 year old actually sings a few favorites himself.
  • We went for walks before bedtime around the neighborhood to see the holiday lights.
  • We went to a park so the little guy could ride his new balance bike that Santa brought and helped a little boy find part of his new Santa toy that he lost.
  • We walked downtown to see Santa at the Train Museum. They had a station where the kids could write letters to be sent to the North Pole, a photo opportunity with Santa, a showing of the Polar Express, free hot cocoa and popcorn and model train displays running that enchanted the kids. Then we watched the Tucson Parade of Lights before walking home.
  • We made our holiday cards to give our friends.
  • We gathered donations and delivered them to a family shelter.


So maybe we didn’t get to everything Tucson has to offer for the holidays but that’s okay. The traditions that we have started in our home – be it in the RV or in a house – have continued. We celebrated the joy of this holiday time. This celebration of love and fellowship is really what it’s all about. The excited cries in the morning of “Santa’s been here! Santa’s been here!” The look of wonder on a small face illuminated in the dark by twinkling lights. The warmth of my love’s hand in mine as we walk together on a new adventure creating new memories. And yes, the sound of the ripping of paper as a present is excitedly opened – that wonderful anticipation! So

Santas Surprise

Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas, Joyous Yule! Blessed Solstice and Happy Hanukkah! Happy Eid! Merry Kawanza!

However you celebrated your season, I hope it was surrounded by those you love and who love you.


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