Walking in our Winter Wonderland

Winter hath deceived me, I am afraid. I now understand my resentfulness this December, and it comes down to this: this no white blankets out my window, no severe storm warnings have robbed me of my comfortable traditions.

You see, this time of the year I would be sporting Country Man’s thick, long wool Cabela’s socks, drinking coffee all day with my hair pinned up, scuffling about the house, contemplating whether to make sugar cookies or watch Christmas movies. Because after all, it is much to cold to be outside.

But now, it’s so… so… beautiful! It’s terrible!

Let me show you…

Last year around Christmas:

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This year around Christmas:

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Last year:

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This year:

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Um. Hello? Snow, you there?

Guess not.

However, can I say one thing. This lovely weather has been a gift, I am realizing. Last year I was nearly crazy from the hidden sun and weary of the bitter cold, the mass of snow out my doors.

Now I am taking hikes through the hills, Country Man leading the way with tall legs, holding branches from my face and friends to our side to enjoy the journey with.

The girls laughed at the sight of remaining snow in the valley of trees, and with great amusement considered having Christmas down there.

The men accessed the ground that the cattle and wild animals only travel. We were the trespassers.

I could have brought my camera, but some experiences are meant to be relished with full attention.

Attention to the beauty of love in friendships and family.

Attention the sun or the snow, whichever you have.

Attention to the love swelling in our hearts as we walk next to the ones we cherish.

And this, my friends, is how I hope you enjoy your Christmas. Among those you love, and in full awareness of the beauty that surrounds.

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34 thoughts on “Walking in our Winter Wonderland

  1. Happy Christmas to you too. We had snow last year at the start of December but we’re unlikely to get anything right now. The roses are still blooming too, that’s have strange the weather is at the moment. I hope you have many more moments like these to share with your family in the weeks to come.

  2. We had a freak snow in late October, but since then it’s been on the warm side here, too. i wish for you a white Christmas, but even more than that peace and joy and contentment.

  3. Yay, more cow photos! No snow in my section of Wisconsin either — not the norm this time of year. Can’t say I’m complaining though, as our house lies crammed between other houses (mounds get higher and higher in the narrow yards and driveways — I envy you wide-open-country folks) and the fact that we can get rivers and puddles in the basement in the spring means snow has, most unfortunately, become a pain. I would love to sell and move, but hubby says no. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your photo of the tree, with all the white around it making it look like a Photoshopped cutout, would make a great card. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Beautifully said. Rain’s been pounding us here this afternoon and it doesn’t look my idea of Christmasy at all–but in this summer-drought-starved country it’s such a gift it might as well have a big red bow and jingle bells on it. And it was capped by a call and visit a half hour ago from friends bearing enormous quantities of home-baked Christmas treats, so any and all Grinch noises have been stifled here once again by goodness in abundance. May you and your country man and all you love have great joy over the whole Christmas holiday!

  5. We’ve had two snowstorms followed by two warm spells — and all our snow is long long gone! Now it’s turned bitterly cold and I’m wearing layers and wool socks every day, all day! I love the cattle in snow photo — beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  6. You brought that around nicely. It’s been sunny here in northern California, too. Normally it’s kind of rainy and grey this time of year.

    Happy Christmas to you and your family!

  7. That first picture is just fantastic!
    No snow here either ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Dang it….I guess we get what we get, so we shouldn’t throw a fit…I’m trying real hard not to. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Merry Christmas to you guys too!
    ~d.

  8. North Carolina is unseasonably warm as well, and though white Christmases are rare, the last two have been spectacularly snowcovered. But I am not a fan of the mess and the travel delays, so this weather is fine. I may turn on the air conditioner on Christmas Day and light a fire in the fireplace though. I know that isn’t very green, but for just one day…I think we can make an exception. Merry Christmas.

  9. We never know here in NC–our first year living here we had snow at this time of year and coming from Maine, I’d been assured we’d barely see a flake! Now it’s 60 and not a snow cloud in sight. Our little ones are definitely crushed.

    But I bet your pup is glad to have the bare ground though, even if Mom wants her White Christmas? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy holidays to you, dear!

  10. Perhaps The Great Spirit has blessed us with this fine clear dry weather, a change from last year for sure; perhaps it’s La Nina showing us another facet of herself or it’s our global warming giving us a taste of whats to come. I prefer The Great Spirit in our life…

  11. Christmas Eve of 2004 Houston had a snow “event”. As we drove in the darkness of early evening to be with my mother and brother’s family, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the white stuff falling on December 24. Who knows? It may come yet covering us with warm memories.

  12. Wishing you and Country Man a very Merry Christmas and joyous winter. This is the time of year I snuggle up and recharge my spirit man, something we should do all year long but there is just something about this time of year at the birth of Christ when we reflect inwardly as to where we are with God. I wish you peace and happiness, blessing and purpose, joy to the world for the Lord has come.

  13. We have zero snow on the ground here (very unusual!)

    I did manage to snap ONE picture of snow in my backyard this past Thanksgiving (it’s my current header picture!)…the only other snowstorm we’ve had was on Halloween. Hoping for a Christmas one. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  14. All the best to you & Country Man & all your cutie pie animals!! Thanks for the joy your posts have given me throughout this year … and just remember, you could be in Atlanta where it was almost 70 degrees all this week. Not Christmas-y at ALL — specially considering that it snowed here on Christmas last year, which was entirely magical!! But … you are so right: through the right eyes, any kind of weather can be delightful!

  15. No snow for us either and for this I am thankful. I always worry about the travelers and workers that must be out in that terrible whiteness away from family and loved ones. So let Christmas come, without snow. I am happy.

  16. I was surprised to hear you say that about not bringing a camera, but I couldn’t agree more! I find myself detatched from ‘the moment’ when I’m concentrating on taking pictures!

  17. Wow, I’m surprised. I thought for sure at least you guys would have snow. I’m lovin’ our lack of it. We were buried at this time last year and the kids had several days of school cancelled. But nada, nothing, zip, zero, zilch this year and it is fab by me! Although, I get you….it doesn’t feel the same but I could definitely get used to this (if it were to be the new norm) very, very easily!

  18. We got some snow a couple of days ago and I was hopeing for white christmas. But since yesterday it’s only been raining once – all snow is gone.
    Merry Christmas

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