So this Christmas was very nearly the best Christmas that I can readily remember. Perhaps there were some better ones when I was a little guy. But as far as my late teens forward, this past Christmas ranks right up there toward the best. The main reason was I didn’t have to travel or endure a punishing thermostat setting for a week. This is pretty much what Christmas has been for like the last 15 years. My parents died when I was just out of college so I’ve missed spending the holidays with them for sure. My in laws and my wife’s family have been the destination since we’ve been married. And that meant leaving the heating and cooling comfort of my home to travel north in order to freeze and sweat all at the same time. The in laws live where there is plenty of cold winter weather on hand. Yet, the thermostat is set in the low 80’s. That gas furnace must be a monster to keep that sort of HVAC heating up all winter. However, it’s so incredibly stuffy and hot in that house. This year, we stayed home and they came to us. Not only did I get to sleep in my own bed and enjoy my own quality heating and air, the in laws rented a house nearby. That’s right, it’s like I hit the lottery. The in laws along with my wife’s sisters went together to rent this vacation house and didn’t even stay with us. Does it get any better than that?