I somewhat despise excess. Anything too run of the mill, fake, or contrived. It might seem that Las Vegas would be the last place I would chose for a vacation, nevermind a vacation over Christmas. While Las Vegas could be seen as more commercial than say, a sleigh-ride in the woods, it's not half bad either. You can eat, and sleep and be merry. You'll notice that I didn't say gamble, but that's just me. The seven reasons we chose Las Vegas for a vacation: 1. Our family could easily visit us from Arizona. 2. There are fabulous restaurants and hotels. Relaxing. No phone calls, no cooking, no cleaning. 3. Las Vegas has pretty good odds of being warmer than Calgary, Canada. The possibility of a temperature of -30°C in Vegas is unlikely. 4. A flight to Vegas is a straight shoot. 5. People-watching. 6. Shopping. 7. Walk-ability. We can walk, and walk, and walk.