Merry Christmas from Pinetop, Arizona

christmas-in-arizonaI love living in the Valley of the Sun.  The Chandler & Sun Lakes areas are beautiful…BUT it is the DESERT.  After spending most of my life living along the Wisconsin/Illinois border I find Christmas in the desert something akin to eating peanut butter and sardine sandwiches.  I know there are thousands of people who absolutely love Christmas in the desert.  Cool temps and lots of sunshine…it just doesn’t work for me.

The first Christmas after I moved to Tempe from Kenosha, Wisconsin was difficult to say the least.  I couldn’t bring myself to decorate the flowering bushes, palm trees & cacti.  The following year I did decorate.  A hundred white balloons were inflated and filled my courtyard to simulate snow for my grandsons.  Fun…but not even close to feeling like Christmas.

A couple years ago, my husband and I bought a cabin in Pinetop, Arizona.  Three hours Northeast of the Valley and the perfect solution.  Averaging about img_248725 degrees cooler than the valley it makes the perfect summer getaway.  We can experience 4 seasons including snow in the winter.

So, from our snow covered cabin in the pines I wish you all a very blessed Christmas!


  1. Bruce says:

    Amy, you so right about adjusting to the seasons!. I live in Chicago area and agree that Christmas is just not Christmas without SNOW. …and at least a little cold. (as I write this we have just had a couple days of heavy snow). Hope to move to AZ in the next year or two, and I know I’ll face that same problem. But I love the sun, so it’s worth it.

  2. Hey Bruce,
    Yes, Christmas is not Christmas without snow…but there is something to be said for being able to leave my cabin in the snow and be back in the valley in about 3 hours…with nothing to shovel but sunshine!

    You’re going to love your move to the Valley!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a winter wonderland! It does look like a Wisconsin retreat and reminiscent of a Midwest winter without those long dreary, cold and gray skies in Jan. Feb and March! I have relatives in both states and I think the “snow bird” option is a viable one!