CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, educated in Switzerland and lived in Philadelphia, all places where I experienced many a snowy winter. So when I arrived in Los Angeles in 1971, I was fascinated to see how Christmas was celebrated in the everlasting warmth of Southern California. There are no reindeer, no snow, people are wearing flip flops and t-shirts and the sun is usually shining. No skis, earmuffs or scarves in sight. Here, Santa drives a four-wheel-drive Porsche or a Mercedes. Still, Christmas is still obviously beloved in California despite its lack of wintery trappings. Most of...
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