with christmas just a few days away, i want to take the time to rant about the weather, specifically christmas weather. every year around this time, i see all the christmas specials and the christmas ads and everyone on the news talking about how essential snow and extremely cold weather is to the christmas holiday. this year, it seems more essential as most of the country is in a cold snap. speaking from just about the only part of the us that has yet to experience heavy jacket weather (south florida), i say it's time to have a warm christmas image. we're always told about how we're supposed to bundle up before going outside in the harsh cold and winter weather tips during this christmas season, and how not turning on the heat and instead bundling up at the fireplace is nice and even romantic. for us down here, it feels like summer, in fact the other day, the a/c was on. why do i need to buy sweaters and winter coats half off at the mall if i'll only use them for 2 days this year? how about half off t-shirts and sandals? every time they talk on the news about an ice storm or winter weather, the news explains as if it was universal to everyone and that it was almost always a local story. when we get a hurricane, it's sometimes treated as a story from far away (granted, the effects are worse), but it's just something that's been bugging me, is new england treated as the de facto weather measuring point for the country? is new england seen as the place to have the most authentic old fashioned christmas? why? i'm asking for a few things in the future: less snow based christmas ads. let's instead have some christmas on the beach commercials and actually have short sleeve clothing on sale. i would love to see a special where everyone is wearing summer clothing and getting into the spirit without the cold weather. snow doesn't make christmas. and it's always the same thing, by february, people are sick of the cold and coming down here to be warm, while right now, we are seen as the odd ball as the cold romance comes into the rest of the country. that's the end of my rant. thoughts?