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Spending Christmas where my heart is

Christmas. The time of the year that means lights. Despite the fact that I live in an RV and do not have any extra space, for me it would be impossible to celebrate Christmas without decorating a little bit.

The RV boasts a poinsettia on the center counsel in place of a space hogging Christmas tree. The bright red petals give my mood a boost every morning when I see it.

We have a single Christmas ornament hanging from the window. It is a handmade gift I bought for Norm while visiting a local craft bazaar. The ornament has the Green Bay Packers logo on it; our home team.

We also have a set of white lights that run along the ceiling of the RV, but to be honest, these lights were in the RV when we purchased it. We call it our mood lighting. So there you have it, our decorated home for the holidays.

The amount of decorating we did not do (read could not do) on the inside, we grandly made up for on the outside. Our gracious hosts enjoy celebrating the Christmas season with lights just as much as we do so Norm and I helped create a winter wonderland in the middle of the desert.

We strung lights on cactus, trees, as well as an antique carriage. It was quite an experience stringing lights on a mesquite tree while trying to avoid the nettles. All of the lights can be seen from their house, our RV and miles down the highway.

To top off the Christmas decorating fun, this Wisconsin girl could not go without building a snowman. When there isn’t snow available in New Mexico the next best thing is tumble weed.

“Frosty” sits under the mesquite tree with his scarf and hat in case he gets chilled during the cold nights here in the Organ Mountains. He may blow away in the next wind storm but I have numerous photos documenting his existence, and I will not forget the fun I had creating him.

Christmas. The time of the year that means family and fun. When we packed up the RV and left Wisconsin in October it was with the belief that we would be gone all winter. Alas, our furnace was installed in our new house so soon we will start the trek north to spend Christmas with our family.

As bright and cheerful as the lights are in the desert, nothing can replace the joy of watching our grandchildren open their gifts or replace the feel of their little arms wrapped around me in a bear hug.

Christmas. The time of the year that means family, fun and lights. Despite the potential for cold temperatures, nothing can stop be from taking advantage of the opportunity to spend Christmas where my heart is.

The holidays will fly by and before I know it, it will be time to return to our desert winter wonderland and remove the bright lights Christmas. But nothing will dim the memories we make this holiday season!

About Cathy Duesterhoeft

Cathy and her husband, Norm, travel throughout the United States in their Brave Winnebago working for Mainly Marathons. When home in Westfield, Wis., their RV is parked on a gravel pad while they finish construction on their new home. Cathy documents their many adventures on her website at

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