Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas in Paradise

Christmas Eve, along with Christmas Day and Thanksgiving, is one of three days of the year I miss snow. Then promptly I return to my senses on December 26th.



Blogger Thucydides December 24, 2016 9:37 AM  

Merry Christmas to Vox and everyone reading this blog.

Have a wonderful 2017

Blogger Mint December 24, 2016 9:51 AM  

Merry Christmas to Vox and family and all the ilks.

I have never had a snowy Christmas. It is always tropical kind of Christmas, maybe rainy maybe sunny, but 'Jinggle bells' has never been a song that made sense to us in Indonesia.

Blogger Shell December 24, 2016 9:52 AM  

Merry Christmas to all, and a shout out to my fellow lurkers

Anonymous Philipp December 24, 2016 10:01 AM  

Merry Christmas to everybody.

No snow this year here. Pity, there should be snow at Christmas.

Blogger BassmanCO December 24, 2016 10:05 AM  

Merry Christmas to the Ilk, my fellow VFM and of course Vox.

Blogger Tallawampus December 24, 2016 10:07 AM  

Merry Christmas! We're having a blizzard tomorrow so you can live your snow dreams vicariously through me. Still much better than too much heat.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey December 24, 2016 10:08 AM  

Same here, dude!

I have a bunch of nice memories of playing in it as a kid--including the famous blizzard of '77--but I'm over it.

Blogger Sheila4g December 24, 2016 10:25 AM  

Merry Christmas to all here. I'm always up for snow (and living in North Texas burbs for the last 22 years it's mostly a fond memory). Tomorrow is supposed to hit 73 degrees. If it weren't for my family, I'd do what I did my Christmas in Jamaica - close all the blinds, turn the AC as cold as possible, and pretend. However, although the weather outside is frightful(ly warm and humid), what matters is welcoming Emmanuel in our hearts.

Anonymous #5454 December 24, 2016 10:25 AM  

Nice shirt

Blogger mushroom December 24, 2016 10:27 AM  

Merry Christmas!

Blogger Alexander December 24, 2016 10:37 AM  

Merry Christmas to all the ilk. And while I have no snow, the giant piles of liberal salt kinda look like snow from a distance. And tastier.

Blogger rumpole5 December 24, 2016 10:42 AM  

75 degrees f today here in Orlando -Ormond Beach. I've lived most of my life in Florida, so it seems like Christmas to me! God bess you all!

Blogger Nate December 24, 2016 10:56 AM  

I have no romantic attachment to snow. it will be 70 here tomorrow and there will be flowers blooming.

Merry Christmas indeed.

Anonymous URL IRL December 24, 2016 10:58 AM  

Sick rhymes yo! Merry Christmas! I grow a coffee plant in the house. "Coffee plant in da house..."

Blogger Dave December 24, 2016 10:58 AM  

No snow this year in the mid-Atlantic which is fine by me. The perfect snowy Christmas would be just enough snowfall during the night to coat the trees and yard but not enough to shovel or plow. Then it's all melted by early afternoon as the temperature rises.

Blogger David The Good December 24, 2016 11:01 AM  

Nate: "I have no romantic attachment to snow. it will be 70 here tomorrow and there will be flowers blooming.

Merry Christmas indeed."


Anonymous Red December 24, 2016 11:03 AM  

Merry Christmas to all. The Saviour Reigns.

Vox merely directs the Ilk.

I miss snow for about a week between Christmas Eve and New Years Day, and then, I'm done.

Blogger pyrrhus December 24, 2016 11:08 AM  

Merry Christmas to all. I love snow as long as I'm not driving in it, but tomorrow it will be 70 here...

Blogger LysanderSpooner December 24, 2016 11:19 AM  

In Maine, we are having a wonderful white Christmas

Anonymous KR December 24, 2016 11:23 AM  

In the high Rockies here. Merry (white) Christmas to all. I mostly lurk, but I feel as if I know many of you, or at least your ilk-y personalities!

Blogger dc.sunsets December 24, 2016 11:24 AM  

Heading out to shovel the driveway shortly. White Christmases are overrated.

Merry Christmas to all, and may your family be healthy and happy the whole year through.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd December 24, 2016 11:25 AM  

It's unseasonably warm here - above 0F - and only a few inches of snow on the ground. I'm hoping we get another foot or so to insulate the ground before it turns cold.

Merry Christmas to all, and God bless you.

Blogger YIH December 24, 2016 11:26 AM  

Christmas Eve, along with Christmas Day and Thanksgiving, is one of three days of the year I miss snow. Then promptly I return to my senses on December 26th.
Same here. My childhood was in upstate NY, not quite as cold as Minnesota, but more snow. Yes, MOAR, remember this?
Obviously, I don't miss snow (and car rust) either.
Nice to see on TV, not so nice IRL.
I don't know if he read VP/AG, but Charles Hugh Smith can relate to that video. He has a home in Hawaii, I don't recall if he grows coffee, though, as you might know, it's the only place in the US with the combination of altitude and climate where it can grow.

Blogger allyn71 December 24, 2016 11:43 AM  

Hasn't been above freezing for more than a few hours in the last 2 weeks. Snowed 5 inches overnight. Anyone missing some snow can come to my place and shovel up and pack off all they want.

Merry Christmas to all the ilk and their kin.

Blogger Beowulf the Geat December 24, 2016 11:45 AM  

Here in Britain we go nuts if it snows (or if its sunny tbh).

Blogger Michael Maier December 24, 2016 11:47 AM  

What kind of freak wants snow on Thanksgiving???

Blogger Dave December 24, 2016 11:51 AM  

"Sure, my car is dead"

What kinda freaks down there killed your car? That's just wrong I don't care where you at.

Anonymous Cheddarman December 24, 2016 11:56 AM  

Best Christmas ever would have been to see a kitten stuck at the top of the first coffee tree and see it go flying if he pulled down the trunk then let it go...instant catapult...and one of his boys could catch it in a bucket of water

Godbless us everyone, Merry Christmas everyone!

Anonymous MendoScot December 24, 2016 11:58 AM  

Merry Christmas to all the ilk, dread ilk, VFM, lurkers and even trolls.

From sweltering Buenos Aires.

Blogger John Williams December 24, 2016 11:59 AM  

Merry Christmas to Vox, Ilk, Dread Ilk, VFM, & all the lurkers & trolls.

Anonymous FP December 24, 2016 12:00 PM  

We had snow here in the valleys of the PNW last week, it actually stuck around for about one week before the rain returned. Supposed to be sunny and low 40s this weekend. Its nice but I won't miss it, especially the ice.

Two snow storms in a month here though, I may actually have to buy a snow shovel. Global warming is clearly a thing.

Blogger Megamerc December 24, 2016 12:02 PM  

"What kind of freak wants snow on Thanksgiving???"

Heh. Only Northern freaks.

Anonymous JustAnotherPairOfEyes December 24, 2016 12:57 PM  

White Christmas here. Very beautiful. Compared to the tropics, there are zero flies, mosquitoes, gnats or any insects of any kind. I can exercise outside without the slightest chance that I will over heat.

Anonymous Scooter Downey December 24, 2016 12:59 PM  

Merry Christmas to Vox and the Ilk.

Blogger Kyle Searle December 24, 2016 1:12 PM  

The problem with Minnesota is it's flat. You would have liked snow more as a kid if you learned to ski.

Blogger Feather Blade December 24, 2016 1:15 PM  

HappyChristmas to all from places where lots of snow means no summer drought! ^_^

Blogger David The Good December 24, 2016 1:19 PM  

JustAnotherPairOfEyes: "White Christmas here. Very beautiful. Compared to the tropics, there are zero flies, mosquitoes, gnats or any insects of any kind. I can exercise outside without the slightest chance that I will over heat."

It's in the upper 70s here near the equator. Just picked ripe plantains and we're frying them for lunch. Coconut trees are loaded and I'm two miles from the beach. No heating or AC required here on the mountainside. And we have cocoa.

I don't mind a few bugs. I do hate slush and cold, though.

Anonymous Anonymous December 24, 2016 1:29 PM  

Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you all especially our gracious host.

@DavidtheGood - the garden is looking good

Anonymous Marvin Boggs December 24, 2016 2:01 PM  

May I ship you some snow? We (Winnipeg) have had about 40cm so far, with 20-30cm more forecast for Christmas day. All of that (and more) will still be on the ground in March.

I'm dreaming of a green Christmas. Y'all can keep the white stuff.

Merry Christmas to all (but especially to those who consider that statement a microagression).

Blogger S1AL December 24, 2016 2:02 PM  

Thing about subzero temperatures and snow is that they tend to keep out the riffraff.

Merry Christmas to all.

Anonymous A.B. Prosper December 24, 2016 2:20 PM  

I feel the same way about snow as our host though I suspect it would still be better than the wastelands where I live

Still Merry Christmas everybody.

Anonymous SugarPi December 24, 2016 2:25 PM  

We had snow Christmas 2010. Any snow in these parts is unusual, so I'm not surprised the forecast for tomorrow is 73 sunny degrees. I'd rather have snow *sigh*.
Merry Christmas to all!

Blogger Mountain Man December 24, 2016 2:27 PM  

Over a foot on the ground... temps this past Sunday night of -18 below.
The nice thing about living in a region like this is that only the most self sufficient and hardy can hack it. Not a a lot of "diversity" or parasites.
That said when we become rich Ive told my wife that we will have a small little cabin on the beaches of Cuba that we will escape to between the end of November and the middle of January. The time right before and after the solstice is the hardest for me..Every year at that time, it makes me just want spend every evening sitting on the couch, wood stove roaring and drinking more than one should.

Really enjoyed watching/listening to Steven M.'s podcast - 5 interviews of Christmas. Great stuff.
We also had the best Christmas tree this year than we've ever had.My wife was making the comment the other day about it. We spotted it one day while driving a logging road. It was growing up on the edge of an old clearcut. Jammed on the breaks, grabbed the saw and lopped it off -threw it in the back of the truck. Now it sits gracing the corner of the living room.

To every reader: Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year !

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) December 24, 2016 2:38 PM  

Merry Christmas y'all

Anonymous kfg December 24, 2016 2:43 PM  

As one who is by heredity a New England Yankee and is currently resident in upstate NY, I must say I am really dreaming of a traditional Christmas:

Ya know, lounging under a date palm on the Med.

Anonymous kfg December 24, 2016 2:47 PM  


That would at least be upstate as in "North of Albany," not as in "North of 95th St."

Blogger Retrenched December 24, 2016 2:51 PM  

Merry Christmas to all, and may God bless America.

Blogger Mountain Man December 24, 2016 2:53 PM  

@ 46
The Adirondacks getting freakin cold..especially up near Tupper Lake!

Blogger The Other Robot December 24, 2016 2:54 PM  

Merry Christmas to all.

For me, Christmas came early. It happened on the night of November 8 (or the wee small hours of November 9 for those on the East Coast of the US) when President Trump gave his victory speech.

Anonymous kfg December 24, 2016 3:35 PM  


Someone was overenthusiastic in teaching Alberta to share.

Anonymous Samson J. December 24, 2016 3:55 PM  

I just got in from having a ball sledding with my kids. What's wrong with some folks, and all this snow-aversion, I have no idea...

Anonymous Passinthough December 24, 2016 4:04 PM  

Merry Christmas to all. The rain came and melted the snow. Perhaps the snow will return tonight. I like living where there are seasons.

Anonymous Darth Toolpodicus December 24, 2016 4:05 PM  

Merry Christmas to you all! Best wishes in the year One, Anno Trumpii

Snow means Ski Season is here! Minnesota is flat as a pancake...Pretty sure sledding is illegal there.

Blogger HardReturn¶ December 24, 2016 5:39 PM  

Merry Christmas to Vox, Dread Ilk, Ilk, VFM, and trolls.
Didn't really grow up with snow at Christmas--had a decade of it in '90s living in midwest and some years it was pleasant and endearing. Some years not. White Christmas sometimes, but more often Gray Christmas.
Picked some oranges from my tree today and wrapped presents outside at the tiki bar fortifying myself with homemade arancello. That's my speed.

Blogger Ned December 24, 2016 6:03 PM  

Wow -awesome video. Great holiday cheer for me. My wife has cousins from The Big Island (Hawaii) - who grow everything - including awesome coffee. Last time we were on Big Island, we went to visit a small coffee roaster - and, oh my, you could smell heaven from half a mile away!

I still covet (trying to get over it) one of the cousin's black shirts with a big logo that states "FBI" and in small script "From Big Island."

Blogger The Other Robot December 24, 2016 10:04 PM  

I was hoping for a Christmas present from Kratman, but it seems not to be.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit December 24, 2016 10:43 PM  

I'm dreaming of a green Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know.
Where the flowers are blooming, the gulls are calling
And no-one's ever heard of snow.

I'm dreaming of a green Christmas, with ev'ry pointsettia I've seen
May you days be merry and... keen?
And may all your Christmases be green.

But better you than me, mate!

Anonymous Siobhan December 24, 2016 11:43 PM  

Merry Christmas to all. I don't comment often but I read every thread every day, and I've inexplicably become fond of y'all. Be joyful and safe, and warm in the love of family and God.

Anonymous rycamor December 25, 2016 12:14 AM  

Merry Christmas to all. David, my Good fellow, It is a joy to see you loving life the way you do. God willing we will get together again sometime soon.

Blogger Resident Moron™ December 25, 2016 2:40 AM  

Having an Antipodean Christmas this year. Already browned by the sun. Now to shed some pounds of Christmas pudding ...

Merry Christmas Vox, to you and yours.

Make 2017 Greater Again!

Anonymous fop December 25, 2016 7:42 AM  

Man I just got a coffee boner.

Merry Christmas to all.

Blogger David The Good December 25, 2016 8:56 AM  


Thank you - there's nothing like fresh roasting coffee.


Thank you, brother. Next year in paradise!

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