In this part of the country, childhood memories from this time of the year usually include the cold and snow in some form. Frozen ponds with skaters on them. New sleds at Christmas going down white covered hills. Bundling up in heavy clothes and hats and boots.
It’s a little different this year thus far. Today and tomorrow it’s going to be in the 60’s here and there’s hardly a hint of snow or real cold in the future forecast. While it is pleasant weather to enjoy, it makes feeling the holiday a bit different than in the past. Christmas lights just seem to have more sparkle in the reflection on snow than on the the still green grass. Maybe the piece shown here, Party Lights from 2005, was a hint at what this season will look like in the future.
I don’t want to argue the subject of global warming here today. However, it definitely feels real this holiday season and if this is to be the new norm, it’s going to take a bit of time to recalibrate and adjust to how this time should feel for those of us who live– and enjoy– where it is normally colder this time of year.
Okay, it’s time for a little Sunday music and I thought that the piano of Vince Guaraldi would fill the bill. If the ponds won’t freeze over for the skaters at least they have his music to enjoy. Here’s Skating.