there’s no place like home for the holidays

Christmas time is here…time for joy and cheer.  It’s one of the most popular travel times of the year, and hopefully when you say, “I’ll be home for Christmas,” it won’t only be in your dreams.  Whether you’re spending the day in Hollis, Queens or with your seven swans a swimming, step into Christmas and rock around the Christmas tree, jingle bell rock through a winter wonderland on your sleigh ride.  It’s Christmas all over again!

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No fancy trips for me this holiday season.  As I have gotten older, I have enjoyed the creature comforts of being at home over the holidays; maybe it comes from spending a lot of holidays away.  Maybe I’m growing more tolerant, who knows?

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It’s 70 degrees and sunny in SoCal, but family is here and that’s what Christmas means to me, my loves.  And we never have a white Christmas here in California, but that’s okay — snow is overrated anyway. 😉

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Wherever you may be spending the season, may it be with people you love.  And may there be chestnuts roasting on an open fire, hot toddys, hot chocolate and stollen or buche de noel or fruitcake.

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As as the song says, if you’re traveling, from Atlantic to Pacific, gee the traffic is terrific. Christmas is more about being present than about the actual presents, and you can use that as your meditation mantra as you’re on the road with screaming kids or about the argue with a ticket agent at the airport.

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Wishing everyone a safe holiday, Merry Christmas (belated Happy Hannukah and Kwanzaa) and a Happy New Year!  Be merry and bright, and polish off all the cookies that Santa didn’t last night.

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Feliz Navidad from Mexico!

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In the words of the great Jose Feliciano, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart!  Feliz Navidad is one of the all time great Christmas songs, and Mexico is one of the all time great travel destinations.  The culture, food, history, people– everything about this country is amazing.

La Ciudad de Mexico (CDMX) is one of the foremost cosmopolitan areas of the world, with bustling energy, a lively arts and fashion scene, inventive and traditional food culture, and architectural gems galore.  There are well preserved alhambras and monuments reminiscent of the grand plazas of Europe amongst a sea of modern skyscrapers and high rise hotels.

Fun fact: I won the Spanish language award my senior year in high school.  Another fun fact: my Spanish is terrible. Like muy terible. I have the worst American accent when I attempt to speak, but I do try, y es la intencion es lo que cuenta? Un poquito (read: oohn poke-ee-toe)?  En acualmente, escribo mejor que hablar, que lastima!  Lo siento, yo se mi espanol no es bueno, pero me humor por favor.

Nota: Todas las photografias en esta blog post son cortesia de mi hermana.

CDMX is having a real moment right now, so brush off your Paso a Paso book from high school…vamos a Mexico! HOLA y Bienvenidos a Mexico!

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Mele kalikimaka: a very Hawaiian Xmas

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Aloha, one of my favorite places to spend the holiday season (or any season) is Hawaii!  It’s the perfect getaway for a tropical vacation while staying on American soil (although I have heard tourists ask what currency is used there — facepalm).  As a Westcoaster, the rainbow state is only a stone’s throw 3-4 hour flight away, and Hawaiian airlines is the BEST domestic airline…free Mai Tais, anyone?  We’re lucky to be this close to paradise.

It’s very festive around the holiday season, and it’s a great reprieve from snowy weather — the average is high 70s with frequent showers.  But with many resorts and beaches and shopping and malasadas? Start planning your Hawaiian getaway now for next year.

Mele kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way of saying Merry Christmas to you!

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happy holidays 2: lost in new york

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Remember Home Alone 2?  That’s a holiday classic that never gets old.

New York is my favorite US city when it comes to the holidays, and really for lots of people — that’s why it’s featured so heavily in many movies around this season, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Scrooged.  From the Rockefeller skaters to the Rockettes, this city comes alive during the most wonderful time of the year.  Even though it’s colder than Jack Frost, there’s something very magical about rockin’ around this enchanting city while it snows.  Happy Hanukah and here’s to dreaming of a white Christmas!

Tis the season!

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