Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November Snow

This is what I woke up to this morning.
(Please ignore the boxes and video games--we just got a Kinect).

What I mean--the exciting part of this picture--snow! And a substantial amount for November (or November as I'm used to it), too. I'm definitely not one for cold and wind, but if you throw a soft, white blanket all over the world like that, who can resist? It's like instant Christmas.

For those of you who live in Virginia, you know that it's not the tropics by any means; snow, however, is usually reserved as an occasional treat for the end of December and only really starts coming down after the first of the year. I can even say that there were years during high school when I would go tree shopping with my family, outside, in 70-degree weather. I guess the fact that Target makes short-sleeved Christmas tees isn't so silly, after all.

Me, circa 2005, creeping behind Christmas trees. Apparently, my hair length is the biggest change I've made since then.

In Michigan, however, winter apparently starts much earlier. You don't necessarily have those few weeks of cold teasing you before the big precipitate event--the snow just comes, and you bundle up and deal with it. It's okay, though--I've been forewarned of nothern U.S. weather more than anything else I've been constantly nagged about in my life, so I feel like it's a waste of time to complain. On a related note, if any of you bother to tell me one more time just how cold it's going to be up here this winter, I hope you understand why I've decided never to speak to you again.

Winter is cold--that's reality. It's also Christmas time, there's snow (as there should be), and I plan to not worry about January through March until I absolutely need to. It's not Antarctica, for crying out loud.

In the meantime, I choose to appreciate the good things in life--like making cookies and luminaries while I enjoy my warm home and Christmas music plays in the background. And that's as it should be.

Welcome, winter.


  1. Oh my goodness I love you! Ummm... I just want to let you know that you will be getting LOTS of snow and I am JEALOUS!!! I like your view on not complaining, I know other people who just complain about the north and the response I'd like to give is "Nobody is making you stay there!" Haha! My point... I love snow!

  2. You're walking a fine line by emphasizing the impending snow! ;-) But I guess I'll let it slide since you're so happy about it. I'm just trying to adapt! :)

  3. Well, what would I prefer at the moment? If the weather remains as warm as it is now, it's not Christmas-like, BUT I still can go to work by bike (which is a real morning pleasure as half of the route leads along a small lake and through the forest).
    If it would snow as much as it did last year (30cm on first Advent Sunday), that would give me the PERFECT Advent feeling with decorating, baking, making gifts etc.
    I like both. But maybe this year we will have one of the typical 'River Rhine winters'....warm and rainy and another word: ugly.....the people here say "usselig".

  4. I like both, too. :) Except for the warm-rainy-muddy combination, I think!

    And would you believe I didn't know what Advent was until a friend of mine told me a few years ago? It's not uncommon in the States, but I guess we've just never emphasized the term in the churches I'm used to attending. I am, however, familiar with the advent calendars (cardboard boxes filled with chocolate--you open a door each day to get a piece of candy). Can't say that's a bad way to start off the season! ;-)

  5. Jennifer, we miss you here in the "tropics." By the way, the wind chill makes it 30-something degrees outside today. Bring me some COOKIES!!!


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