My longing, or even dreaming, for a white Christmas diminishes rapidly with each passing year. The forecast is calling for the snow to be gone by Christmas; as a child, that word would have been severely disappointing but not any longer.
I have spent the last several weeks looking through my colored holiday lights and onto the background scene of 5 to 6 inches of snow as I gaze up Ames Walkway and into the Park. This year the walkway has been used throughout the snowy season as people seek a safe shortcut to the post office and back. It's heart warming to see people walking even during these early winter months.
People walking remind me of community and of neighbors and friends who spend most of their time behind the warm walls of insulated cottages. Some scenes remind me of holiday cards and the warm feelings of family, gatherings, food, presents and catching up.
I wish to extend my very warmest wishes for a meaningful and very Merry Christmas to all, along with the wonders and opportunities of a fresh, New Year in 2021.