Every year I take my kids to the annual Christmas tree lighting in our downtown area. It’s fun because we always get hot chocolate and set on a blanket visiting with our neighbors while we wait for the lighting ceremony. Last year, however, the evening didn’t go quite as we had planned. When we arrived, it was even colder than normal. I made sure the kids had extra layers of clothing on, and we went to set up. About an hour before they were set to light the tree, I began to feel ill. I was shivering, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to last in the cold weather, so I had to take the kids home early. When we made it home, I got the heater running at full blast, and I decided to sleep on the couch so that I could be directly beneath an air vent. The heater was enough to get me feeling a little better, but I knew that I was probably coming down with some kind of sickness. I hated that the kids had to miss the tree lighting, but the only way we could have stuck it out would have been if we had brought some sort of portable heater. It we could have rigged up a temporary solution like that, I probably would have been able to last the hour so that they could have seen it. Instead, I had to rush home so that I could relax with the HVAC unit running. Next year, I’ll plan ahead because that is a tradition that I don’t want them to have to miss again!