Mamapedia Chicago Voices
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Close your eyes and bring back the scents of the holidays you celebrated growing up with your family. Holidays especially in December. Every holiday has a certain “smell” to it. Goodness, I’m 35 years old and to this day my son’s Halloween candy smells just the same as my old pillow case sack full of chocolates did, when I “Halloweened” as a young one.
Scents make a holiday a memory. Good or bad, the scent stays with you forever.
In Chicago, you have to be very aware that certain things may complicate rekindling those old scents during the Holidays. The complications? Wind. Snow. Nose hairs. Frozen tongues stuck to poles.
Snowflakes can make a holiday. Snow falls can break it, at least in Chicago, because it can be 70 degrees on November 14th, and then in a matter of Black Fridays and plumped out pumpkin pie, the weather can shift so fast you’re stuck sending your sons to the bus stop wearing two different types of gloves that you have yet to wash because you just can’t get it together after 30 years in Chicago that the weather changes instantly.
Winter in Chicago causes delays. It causes families to miss one another due to airport cancellations. Stuck cars. Family members working late hours plowing the streets. Salting the streets-if you’re lucky enough to live in a suburb where they haven’t gone from salt to sand, thanks to the economy.
Yes, winter in Chicago can really jack up your holiday plans, especially Christmas. But ask any fellow Chicago lover, that has spent at least 10 years in this skyscraping tundra, they will always smile when you ask about winter, weather, and Christmas here. Why? Because we are adaptable to change. You have to be in this city.
I think that is why it’s been so simple to have two very different faiths celebrating under the same month, shifting from blue and white to red and green—as the snow falls outside with lovely happy flakes—and then BOOM, white out conditions….More