Uh oh… as I write this on December 16, 2015, it’s a dreary overcast and cool day. No snow forecast other than a few flurries in the mountains over the next few days or so. It looks like a typical late autumn day outside and certainly not like December at all. Christmas decorations adorn the neighbor’s homes and the package and mail delivery people are busier than ever.
It just doesn’t feel like Christmas
Last year, I was in Thailand for Christmas. Believe me it didn’t feel like Christmas at all. Certainly not like a Vermont Christmas. I can remember hearing weather reports about huge snowstorms in November 2014 and when we arrived back in the USA, there was plenty to be seen. So this looks like the second year in a row that I’ll miss out on a “white Christmas” but that’s ok…it’s just weird!
The photo above is what I’d like to see for Christmas in Vermont. I actually bought a large framed photo of the image above years ago at the bookstore in Stowe, on a snowy Christmas Eve. I remember driving through Montpelier and Town Hill Road and seeing what looked like lit candles in white bags lined along the road way. Of course I doubt that either the candles were real or the bags as something would have been on fire for sure but whatever it was, it made for a snowy, beautiful Christmas Eve!
I guess there are some advantages to the lack of snow. Haven’t had a chance to put on the snow tires yet, so that saves some last minute scurrying around to do what I should have done last month. With the roads and highway clear and not slippery at all, I’m sure that cuts down on the accidents on I-89 or at least eliminates blaming the Vermont AOT for the road conditions. Oddly enough, even on bare roads and 50 degree temperatures lately, there have still been an abundance of collisions on I-89. So much for complaints about snow covered roads.