High Desert Holiday Cheer


It’s time for winter holidays, which means our little (HUGE) Walmart is a Christmas wonderland. Or rather, a Christmas hell where not a single aisle is exempt from Christmas packaging, special Christmas editions, and now 75% of the clothes are either Christmas pajamas or ugly Christmas sweaters. It’s ridiculous.

THAT SAID, this Christmas-celebrating atheist likes to cozy up in a normal looking sweater and watch Home Alone, the animated The Grinch, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and, of course, 24 hours of A Christmas Story.  I’ll be heading to Chicago for the eve and Christmas day celebrations, then off to NYC for Boxing Day with more family!

Here in the desert, we’ve taken to decorating our yard rather than killing a living tree, which is what I originally wanted to do. Now our Joshua tree is spreading that holiday cheer, even though I vowed to join the war on Christmas after my last Walmart visit…

Lanfranco_Moses_and_the_Messengers_from_CanaanAccording to the Hebrew Bible, Joshua was one of the twelve spies of Israel sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan. In Numbers 13:1–16, and after the death of Moses, he led the Israelite tribes in the conquest of Canaan, and allocated the land to the tribes. –Wikipedia

Here are a few photos Nate took of me trimming Joshua, the tree.








Happy holidays to you and yours!


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