Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Where's the Snow?

It's December 6. We live in Nebraska. And yesterday, the temperature reached 61 degrees.

Where is the snow? Where are the blizzards of my youth where the snow piled so high that we could barely get out the door? The Midwest got slammed with a snow storm last week, but we didn't get a single flake.

While this is great for driving conditions, it doesn't do so well for the Christmas spirit. I find it hard to be Christmasy when the weather is so nice that you don't even need a jacket to go outside. My kids were playing basketball outside last night, a far cry from a few evenings ago when the weather was so bitter cold it stole your breath from you as soon as you walked out the door.

I can only hope we have some of the white stuff before Christmas - I'll even take a few inches.

I spent yesterday sleeping and reading. I think my body was trying very hard to get the flu. I hope I have dissuaded it and I'm back at work today. I'm thoroughly enjoying a Nebraska author's collection of Christmas short stories - Bess Streeter Aldrich. She was quite a prolific author in her day, and her stories manage to bring the warmth of Christmas to your heart.


  1. Hey, hey there. Christmas is in the spirit of the beholder. We don't need any of that fluffy, cold and life threatening white stuff to ring in the season. A cookout in shorts and a tank top while in the tropics would still make for a most festive holiday for me.

    Just say "no" to snow.

  2. I used to feel that way, but not so much any more. Good thing as a white Christmas here generally means fog, rather than snow *g*.

    But back in Ontario, I did get cranky without snow for Christmas, and it happened more and more in recent years. We'd get freezing rain, but no snow :-/

  3. 61? Wow.

    We are having unusually cold temperatures. The low, before wind chill, are in the single digits. And it has snowed twice in the past week.

    We are hogginh all the snow.

    Diana - Just say YES to snow.

  4. Feel better soon!

    Maybe you just need to "call in well" one day and give yourself a day off.

    Lovely recommendation -- I've heard of that author, but never read the work.

  5. You remind me of the movie "White Christmas" where they get to Vermont and there's no snow...we watch it at least once every year, and already watched it at Thanksgiving! :)

    Here in Texas, we never expect snow, but it does help the mood when it's chilly out!

  6. You can keep your White Christmas. This girlfriend doesn't do snow. We are hitting te 70's during the day then it hits the low 40's at night. My house is freezing until about 4 p.m.

  7. I don't live in the midwest, we don't get snow but I have to complain about the lack of spirit in our weather as well. I live in CA - it should be rainy, cloudy, foggy, whatever. It's cold in the morning but then it's like 65-70 degrees in the afternoon and sunny as can be. What is going on? It doesn't feel very Christmasy...

  8. It's "Global Warming"! I usually pooh-pooh dire warnings like that, but, like you, Melissa, I do remember how much more snow we got in Nebraska when I was a little girl. My ankles would freeze! (We had to wear dresses to school back then. It was a rule!) Brrrrrr.....

  9. No snow in the Northeast either. I know we're not supposed to like Global Warming, but I loooove not shoveling out the driveway.

  10. I would like to see a white Christmas, for a change. :D

  11. I'd love a white Christmas. Then I want it to disappear :)

  12. I think I would like snow leading up to Christmas, and then it can disappear. :-) That way, if I'm stuck in the house, I can stare at my Christmas lights. ;-)

    Thanks for all the comments, everyone. I always love to read your thoughts!

  13. It is 30 degress colder than normal here. No global warming on the horizon in Wisconsin.


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