Clean Crawls December 2017

Marysville, WA 3707 124th St. NE Bldg A-1 Marysville, WA 98271 Bellevue, WA 10400 NE 4th St Bellevue, WA 98004

Seattle, WA 9217 Aurora Avenue North Suite 3, Seattle, WA 98103

Lakewood, WA 9612 47th Ave SW Lakewood, WA 98499



December 2017



Once upon a time, on a Christmas morning, my family was fast asleep. I can’t say if visions of sugar plums danced in their heads, but whatever sweet dreams they were having were about to come to an end. Soon, I was rushing from room to room, shaking each of them awake and beckoning them to come out to the Christmas tree. I’d like to say I was met with holiday cheers. Instead, everyone told me to go back to bed! How can anyone sleep in on Christmas morning? I have always been the one who wants to get up early on Christmas day. Years ago, my daughters were just as excited to get up, enchanted by the magic of Santa Claus and eager to see the presents he left for them. My eldest daughter, Jenny, believed in Santa Claus until she was 11 years old. My wife and I never had the heart to tell her. Ultimately, it was our other daughter, then 8, who burst Jenny’s bubble. “There’s no Santa Claus,” Mandy informed her big sister. “Daddy’s Santa.” Well, this devastating news might have put an end to our daughter’s belief in old Saint Nick, but it certainly didn’t end the tradition of Santa in our house. Jenny and Mandy are both grown now, but they still play along when they spend the night on Christmas Eve. They even leave out milk and cookies — which I get to enjoy before bed. I mean, I am Santa after all. Much to my wife’s dismay, even after my daughters stopped waking up before dawn to see what Santa left, I kept the tradition of getting up early alive. Debbie never wants to get up on Christmas. Over the years, I’ve been forced to push back the wake up call to 7:15 a.m. It’s still too early for her liking, but no one complains once we’re opening presents around the tree. The True Magic of the Holidays

The holidays are my favorite time of the year, because it means I get to spend a lot of time with my daughters. We don’t have grandkids yet, but I am happy with the holidays being just us for a while longer. We open gifts in the morning, and later we head over to my mother-in-law’s for Christmas dinner. It’s nothing extravagant, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Actually, I would like to make one adjustment: Can we turn up the heat a little bit?! Last year’s winter was a real roller coaster, and we probably won’t fare better this year. For months, weather predictions pointed towards La Niña, a weather phenomenon that causes areas around the Pacific Ocean to experience cooler-than-normal temperatures. Exceptionally cold temperatures and heavy precipitation can really put a strain on energy efficiency. If you’re wondering why your energy bill was higher than normal, you can blame La Niña. Next month, my wife and I are going down to Florida to escape the chills of La Niña for a bit. We intentionally planned the trip to fall after Christmas. No matter how frightful the weather might be, I would never miss spending the holidays with my family. These are moments to cherish, and I love every second. May you and your loved ones have very happy holidays, too! –Chuck Henrichsen



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