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Where are you Christmas?
Why can’t I find you?
Why have you gone away?
Where is the laughter,
You used to bring me?
Why can’t I hear music play?
Lyrics from “Where Are You Christmas” sung by Faith Hill for the movie, “The Grinch”

“Oh Christmas Spirit!!  Come out; come out where ever you are!”  Has anyone out there seen my Christmas Spirit?  I cannot seem to locate it, it’s been hiding better and better the last few years and this time I can’t seem to locate it.  How sad is that?  Here it is, one week away and I can’t seem to find that pesky Christmas Spirit everyone is always talking about.  I’ve looked high and I’ve looked low, I cannot find it anywhere.  I’ve tried the usual spots and I’ve tried the strange spots, it’s just not here this year.

Ask anyone and most people will tell you that Christmas is my favorite holiday out of the whole year, and it’s the truth!  I like the hustle and bustle of this time of year, the crowded mall, the decorations all over town, decorating my own home, having parties with friends and family, I love it all!  At least I did, for some reason; in the last couple of years my fondness has steadily decreased.  I used to have a hard time waiting for the Christmas Season to begin, I had a personal rule that I had to wait until at least after Thanksgiving to listen to Christmas Music or pull out the decorations, but that made it much more special.  Nowadays you can’t buy a Halloween costume without seeing all the Christmas decorations out as well.  Who knew the Christmas Season started in September!  I’ll tell you how much I love Christmas, my husband used to call me Clark Griswold!  I have a tendency to try and over-decorate much like Clark did!  In my opinion I couldn’t put up enough Christmas lights!  If I couldn’t have just the Christmas lights on and nothing else and it is just as bright as the living room lights, I wasn’t happy!  I’d put lights on all the windows and even other places I could rationally conceive.  When we were renting the house in Wauconda, I got to put lights outside and that was like a dream come true for me!  I love decorating for Christmas and if I get a little Griswold-ish so be it!  I always had so much fun putting up the tree and decorating it, putting decorations anywhere that would hold them around the house; it always gave me such pleasure. 

Lately though, decorating hasn’t been all that much fun.  Two years ago I wasn’t able to put up the Christmas Tree because I was working two jobs and just didn’t have the time.  It was horrible for me to not have decorations out, I put out some and put up some lights but it was very minimalist, which for me is just plain weird.  Last year I had to decorate because Christmas morning was going to be here, so I knew I had to decorate.  That excited me to a point because I didn’t get to decorate the year before.  I invited a friend over to help the day after Thanksgiving so I could get it done and have maximum enjoyment time.  Decorating just wasn’t making me as happy as I thought it would.  This year as of right now I don’t have ANY decorations out, I have 2 in a bag on the floor in the living room but they aren’t being displayed, I can’t help but wonder what is wrong with me?  I have a Poinsettia plant that I am trying not to kill and my mom gave me a small evergreen plant/tree so I at least have those, but I have had ABSOLUTELY NO DESIRE to get the boxes from storage and really decorate.  I’m not even looking forward to the parties I have next week.

I have tried everything I could think of to get me into the Christmas Spirit, but nothing has even come close.  Even listening to Christmas songs that I LOVE hasn’t helped.  I just got done doing a production of A Christmas Carol and really hoped that by the time it was over I’d be chock full of the Christmas Spirit just like Scrooge, yeah not so much.  It makes me really sad that I can’t seem to get into the spirit of things, since this is my favorite time of year, I haven’t even sent out my annual text message of “Let it Snow” when it has snowed and I LOVE SNOW!  I am going to keep looking, but so far with only a week left, I’m not too optimistic that I’ll find it.  If anyone happens to run across it, please tell it to come home, I miss it.

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As the popular Christmas/Winter song goes, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!  At least that is how I feel all through the winter months.  I absolutely LOVE snow and it is really hard for me to handle the holidays without it.  I really only as for 3 days to definitely have snow, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and My Birthday!  It’s not like I’m asking it to snow in August, my birthday is January 7th, and so it’s not an unreasonable request.  I will admit that I can become tired of all the snow, but it’s not usually until March arrives and Spring is trying to come out, this year was particularly strange as I was plenty sick of snow come March and it just wouldn’t quit.  It eventually warmed up and the weather has been pretty decent, a little chilly but not bad.  I was looking forward to the same kind of weather out in Colorado two weeks ago; however I was in for a shock to the system!

 

I was completely taken back by the fact that there was snow on the mountains when we started our journey from Denver to Pagosa Springs on May 10th, let alone how much there seemed to be and that there was more on them by the time we left which was a week later!  Around here we are used to the snow being pretty much a distant memory by the time April hits, however it was the middle of May and it looked like February does here!  Once the shock wore off of actually seeing snow, it was pretty cool to see and take pictures of, I must admit. 

While driving the 5 hours plus between locations it became more apparent that the snow on the mountain tops was not the only snow I was going to see on this trip.  I started seeing it along the roadside, where I am sure plows had piled it after a snow storm and it hadn’t completely melted yet.  The biggest shock came when as I was driving, we came across actual snow that was FALLING FROM THE SKY!  Granted it was only flurries but that was all I needed!  I was in such awe of this that I was actually laughing at the idea of driving through a snow storm in May!  It was quite the sight.  Now people had joked to me about driving through snow and/or blizzards, but I thought they were joking!  Unfortunately the joke was on me!

We heard on the news Monday night that a town we had driven through, Fairplay CO, was supposed to get 8 inches of snow on Wednesday or Thursday.  I was not as shocked as I had originally been but again it was one of those, I’ll believe it when I see it kind of things, I mean it’s the middle of May!  I learned pretty quickly during that week, that mid-May means pretty much nothing to Colorado as far as weather is concerned.  Twice we tried to get to some hiking trails that lead to some waterfalls and both times the roads to them were closed until May 31.  Due to the weather a lot of roads are closed beginning November 1 until the end of May, apparently we planned our vacation three weeks too early! 

Heading back up towards Denver the day we left, I am sad to say, that I now believe it because I saw it, indeed, Fairplay Colorado did have a snow storm throughout the week which left several inches after all was said and done.  I guess from now on I will do a little more research on vacation spots and their typical weather time tables!!  I can’t complain too much because we did get a hike in and while in our jeans and t-shirts would have been able to have a decent snowball fight!  You can’t say that about Chicago winters!!


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