I grew up in Michigan with extremely long, cold winters with endless snow shoveling, frost bitten fingers and toes plus getting into freezing cars each morning with icy windows. Sure, some if it was fun for a kid at Christmas time, but my happiest memories were Florida road trips with my family a few times each winter.
This tempting photo was the view from our room balcony at the beautiful Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa - a spectacular beachfront surf and sand location. Some how this kind of winter ambiance suits me so much more than snow. Spring at least, should arrive immediately after a white Christmas in my imagination.
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough" Mae West
What is great about both Spain and California is one can enjoy the sunny beaches as well as winter skiing in the mountains at the same time. I can handle snow in small doses for skiing, so we plan to do that a bit when we head off to China soon for deep immersion into Mandarin. But it will be another happy tropical Christmas for us!