No, we don't have a White Christmas. This is from a snowfall last year but it seemed appropriate for the occasion.
Yep, that's a bit of snow on the ground this morning. Over in West Virginia, they have six inches or more but what fell here overnight was just enough to make the ground seem almost white.
The thermometer read 21 when I got up at 5:00 a.m. today and might reach 31 at the height of the day so the wet conditions will bring black ice on back roads and slick conditions on bridges.
Snowfalls are rare these days. Not like the 50s and 60s when snow fell from October to February (and sometimes March) and today's forecasts calls for light snow showers with all precipitations ending by 6 p.m.
Overnight lows will remain below freezing throughout the week but highs are expected to reach 46 degrees on Thursday and the low 40s for the weekend.
So enjoy it while it lasts.
Amy's hometown of Belleville, Illinois (part of the St. Louis metro area) has a religious retreat called Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and, each year, the shrine puts on a display of Christmas lights and decorations that brings visitors in from hundreds of miles away.
We spent Christmas 2003 in Belleville wrapping up her mother's estate and found time to visit the shrine and drive through the mammoth display. It is something to experience.
Such displays remind us of the spirit of Christmas. At a time when the religious significance of the season can be lost amid the commercialism that dominates not only Christmas but so many other holidays.
As we head into the final weekend before Christmas, please join us in remembering the real reasons we celebrate this holiest of holidays.