A merry Christmas without snow is like spending Christmas in the south where palm trees sway and everybody wears a coat of tan. Tempting? Sure, but that’s not the proper setting for a real Christmas. If Old Man Winter would get down to business before Christmas he would spread layers of snow, one on top of the other. It would delight us all if it snowed a little every night when the Christmas lights go on.
Yes, lots of snow and joyous children makes old Santa very happy. The sleeping winter wheat plants under the snow can take a long rest and be all ready to produce lots of wheat next summer. Snow also makes it possible for field mice to enjoy making tunnels at ground level so they can feast on the winter wheat. Rabbit tracks on snow go erratically from one sagebrush to another. Perhaps the rabbits are playing a game of hide and seek as they look for shoots to nibble on.
Sugar’s flower garden has been cut down and her bushes have been tucked under to avoid winter’s blast. Colorful winter birds raiding the berries from our mountain ash tree make a pretty scene against the background of snow.—Who wants to see winter break dormancy ‘til spring? So, stay away Chinook winds until the smell of spring enters the air.