Christmas 2017 Message from Vogel Talks RVing

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

It’s Christmas week, the most wonderful time of the year.

St. Nicholas at the Log House Craft Gallery, Berea, Kentucky. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

St. Nicholas at the Log House Craft Gallery, Berea, Kentucky. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Merry Christmas fellow RVers, campers, snowbirds and Winter Texans, wanna-bes, birders, photographers, hikers, and everyone who loves the great out-of-doors…and all readers!

Thank you for your readership this past year!

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season.

May the miracle of this wonderful season fill your heart with peace and happiness and bless your life throughout the year.

Merry Christmas are words of hope and joy.

Holiday Festival of Lights at Charleston, South Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Holiday Festival of Lights at Charleston, South Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

We sometimes lose the focus of this holiday season. Shopping, wrapping presents, and sending Christmas cards. Planning dinner, cleaning, and decorating often distracts from the reason for the Season.

As we approach Christmas Eve we’re at Indio in the Coachella Valley of Southern California enjoying warm dry weather. As we approach Christmas Day the temperature is 75 degrees.

As usual my regular postings will continue daily throughout Christmas week and into the New Year.

May you all have a heartfelt and happy Christmas.

Christmas theme exhibit at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, La Grande, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Christmas theme exhibit at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, La Grande, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

Forget sugar plums!

When you drift off to sleep tonight,

I’ll be dreaming of fabulous RV destinations I’d love to visit,

Acadia, Mount Rainier, and Yellowstone national parks

Sweet dreams and happy holidays!

Snowbird Christmas

Cranky as an RV space heater,

I groan and grumble in pre-dawn chill,

wait for the coffee pot to finish playing

reveille to my numb mind.

Christmas display at Boyds Bears, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Christmas display at Boyds Bears, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Shuffling around the RV Resort,

Snowbirds and Winter Texans make mischief,

cackling like contented

chickens under the hot Arizona sun.

A grateful respite from grueling

gray cold fronts of International Falls,

Winnipeg, and Green Bay.

Amid chants of Go Packers Go!

A time of celebration and decorations

Christmas lights, ornaments, nativity scenes,

Wal-Mart Santas and reindeer

Merry Christmas to all. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Merry Christmas to all. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A plastic Jesus or two adorn motorhomes,

fifth wheel trailers, and old converted buses.

Christmas Eve, wrinkled faces gather

in the clubhouse by the artificial tree

reminiscing of Christmases past during simpler times

speaking of children in childish voices.

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all!

Worth Pondering…

May the joy of today, bring forth happiness for tomorrow—and may the cold Alberta air stay up north!

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