Of course, I feel for those who have to drive in snow. Not everyone is retired.
Surprisingly, I don't envy my retired Florida friends who love to send palm-strewn Christmas cards. Nor do I covet cactus Christmas trees, also depicted on the holiday cards of our Arizona friends.
And I try not to burst their bubbles whenever they call me and happen to mention their warm temperatures while inquiring about how many degrees of cold we have here.
Several years ago — two weeks before Christmas — my husband and I felt as though we were in a foreign land when we were in Florida for a business trip. We were surprised to see Christmas balls hanging from palm trees on a 90-degree day.
I'll take the old-fashioned pine trees, thank you. I also prefer the admittedly romantic Currier and Ives depiction of a wintery scene on holiday cards.
I realize most ex-Marylanders fault confining, cold, harsh winters as the reason for heading to warmer climates, and I don't blame them.
For me, however, temperatures rarely in the teens and infrequent "heavy" snows do not meet descriptions of "cold, harsh winters " like those in Buffalo and Killington.
Some naysayers will point to a few blizzards we've had over the years and I admit, snow-covered roads and highways are a traffic hazard and can be confining when you're stuck indoors, for days and days.
But thanks to modern-day snow removal, we're rarely immobile for an extended period of time.
I do remember, however, a particular snowstorm, in the '70s, that brought out the whole community who worked together to clear the snow when the plows were late getting to our neighborhood. Now, that was fun.