It seems strange. Other states are getting a pounding of snow and rain. My cousin, Sue, wrote to tell me that Charlotte, North Carolina, is getting its second white Christmas in recorded history. My friend, Harold, reported seeing Noah's Ark floating past his house in Palm Springs, California. Currently, it is colder in Houston than it is here in Denver and it's only 33 degrees in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Here in Denver, we are having one of the mildest and driest seasons in years. Despite our daughter's ritual snow dances and loud renditions of "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow", we've only had a couple of dustings so far this fall. The weather has stayed obstinately warm. There have been no school closings and my snow boots have remained in the closet, gathering spider webs.
We've had an interesting challenge because of the weather. Our ducks and geese think that it is spring and the males have become interested in fulfilling their role in procreation. The problem is that our male duck, Louis, is madly in love with our female goose, Madeline. Augustus, our male goose, has been casting his eyes on our female duck, Thelma. If the weather doesn't cool them down soon, we'll have to take them aside for a lesson in basic biology. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
I love the whole Christmas season, so it's not hard to get into the spirit, even without the snow. It took a little longer this year. We were in the second week of Advent and lighting two candles each night before I had our wreath made. Now, it's Christmas Day. All is quiet, mostly because everyone's in bed, except for me. Sometimes, I tell my family, I can be well rested or sane. I can't be both. I need some time to myself.
The time between Christmas and Epiphany is a time to look back and look forward. Where have I been and where do I go from here? Most days, the answers to these questions are simple. I've been in bed. Now I'm up and going into the kitchen to make tea. If, however, I have some time to myself over the next twelve days, I'll ponder this question a little more.
'Tis the season!