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Coast to Coast Christmas

By Lori Power

Our family lives in Southern California, my husband's brother moved there more than 20 years ago when he met a California girl. We visit at least once a year and every time my brother in law would say that he is bringing the family to NL for Christmas. There is nothing quite like being home in NL for Christmas. We do it best, like most things. He was saying this for 7 or 8 years to which my new reply was 'I don't want you to tell me that you are coming home unless you are standing on my doorstep'. I obviously stopped believing him. 2 years ago I was out doing some last minute grocery shopping on Christmas Eve when my husband called to say that I have more things for my list. When I asked why he told me his brother was in LAX on his way to NL for Christmas Eve! He didn't wait until he was on my doorstep but pretty close! I was screaming with excitement in the airport (then panic- because I did not have enough supplies for a family of 4!). I quickly picked up what I could think I needed with our city shutting down for a couple of days and Greg went off in the other direction to pick up stocking and a few gifts to have ready when they showed up. We had to pick them up close to midnight and we couldn't wait. There is nothing quite like that feeling in YYT waiting for someone to appear at the top of the escalator or looking down hoping someone is there to pick you up. At most large airports you have to look around and try and find 'your person', at YYT its totally different. You can see people as soon as you are on the escalator. We were so excited to see 'the Californians' at the top of that escalator with their Santa hats on waving back in excitement. Our niece and nephew (11 &14 at the time) were so excited. Hannah had never been to NL and neither had been here for Christmas and in the snow. It was a long escalator ride down until we got to give them big hugs. That Christmas was one of the best. It was pure family time and non stop fun. The ponds froze and we had snow on new Year's eve.....it honestly was like something from a story book. Christmas time here is not always snowy and cold. It all started with that famous pick up at YYT waiting for them to appear at the top of the escalator!

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