Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, if today is your day to celebrate. Happy holidays otherwise.

The roads have been treacherous around here for the past week or so. Not because of snow or ice like much of the country. We are spared that. Not because of the rain that can result in tricky driving conditions.

Because of Christmas. The freeways are clogged with out-of-towners making abrupt stops underneath signage and crazy last minute lane changes. The surface streets are full of savvy shoppers avoiding the freeways. Every parking lot has become a test of driving skills, full of avoidance tactics and requiring oodles of patience. How that woman didn’t know she was blocking the entire lane at the library the other day was beyond me.

So my favorite thing about Christmas is the quiet that it brings to the streets around me. Silicon Valley is a place that doesn't stop for ,much. People work all the time, and busy is the byword. Stores are open 24/7 and the McDonalds down the street cranks out burgers and fries non stop.

Today I will revel in the closed stores, the shuttered businesses, the empty streets. Everyone, it seems, is home. Taking a well deserved break.

Enjoy your day.


Linda O. Johnston said...

I'm concerned about that snow and ice elsewhere, Terri, since my older son and daughter-in-law are flying from Chicago this afternoon. Chicago isn't supposed to be among the worst areas today, but it's still rainy there and I don't know where the plane originates.

Have a great, peaceful, celebratory day, everyone!

signlady217 said...

My husband's nephew is supposed to fly out of the Twin Cities today to meet up with his parents and grandparents in South Texas. Hope he makes it ok!

Hope everyone has a great Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!

Betty Hechtman said...

I understand your concern, Linda. I hope your son and daughter-in-law have a safe on time flight.

I know what you mean about the change of pace, Terri. There is definitely a deep sense of peace in the air around here. Happy Quietmas.

Camille Minichino said...

I've always been confused by this: a white Christmas is such a sentimental, "happy" thing, and yet it can often keep loved ones apart because they can't travel safely. This was certainly true growing up in Boston.

Let's hope for the safest holiday yet, for all our families.

Terri Thayer said...

So many of my holidays back east were adversely affected by the weather! Nothing like driving in a snow storm to put you in the mood to celebrate.

Hope your kids travel safely, Linda. They'll enjoy the sunshine, that's for sure.

Happy Quietmas!