|South Jordan, Utah|
My mother sometimes despaired living in the Arizona desert, especially at Christmastime. She would look at the bare, desert mountains and complain it was like "living on the moon". She had a funny saying from her homeland of Norway that went something like this, "So, it will be a white Christmas again, said the old man as he ate his fish pudding on Christmas Eve." The joke being not that it was snowing outside, but that the only "white" stuff he was experiencing was his humble meal of white fish pudding.
|The Citadel shopping center off the I-5 in the Los Angeles area all decked out for Christmas. |
I snapped this from the car while on my way to a North Hills Christmas party.
I know. Weather doesn't work that way, which is probably a good thing. Can you imagine getting a group consensus every day on what the weather should be? It would be a crazy world!
However, there is something about having real seasons that you miss living in places like Southern California and Arizona. White Christmases are just one of them.
Whatever the weather, it doesn't stop us from celebrating Christmas.
|My dear brother looking pensively out across the Salt Lake City skyline|
The world would be a dreary place without the joy of this holiday season reminding us of the miracle that took place over 2000 years ago. I'm glad it doesn't take snow and ice to make a Christmas.
I love Kevin Beckstrom's recent comic strip. It says it all.
Photos: J. Evensen, L. Farnsworth, and yours truly
There's a link to Beckstrom's LDS comic pages on the right.