We were at Mel's in Placerville and figuring out how to play 'grandma got run over by a reindeer' on the jukebox when I realized I got 3 messages on my lousy cellphone. They were from Tomasso. The way up to South Lake Tahoe on HI 50 was smooth, some snow on the ground at about 5000 ft, no traffic. Tahoe wasnt cold and the shops were open. M and A bought stuff again at Patagonia but I've always preferred North Face designs and colors. But this year, they didnt have any cute sweats. All for the better. I've spent enough money buying new clothes this year. Almost 2 years to the day since we were at South Tahoe, and last time we were stunned by the new developments, the new gondola to Heavenly, the new timeshares and upscale shops, the ice rink and cinema. And I remember I was doing my Multimedia class homework at the Embassy Suites. This time around, no homework to worry about. We dined again at Kalani, the Hawaiian Japanese restaurant. My rack of lamb was fantastic, and we ordered another round of spicy tuna rolls. Christmas day found us driving on the west side of the lake, going up to Squaw Village. We wanted to take the cable car up to the ski area to ice skate but the cable car was closed. It was a windy day and quite chilly. So we hung out on the village with gingerbread latte from Starbucks and taking photos of the village. It was a quick get away and we had a white Christmas. The Hippoblog reminded me I was quite depressed last year at this time. This year, I was quite calm although bone tired having put in 17 hrs at work on Friday. It was therapeutic going to Tahoe. It was refreshing. However, the Christmas spirit seemed to be missing. I havent gotten any season greetings from anyone up there, not even from the hotel staff, which was unusual. Whatever happened to xmas?