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Deck the halls

With the temperature dropping into the teens and snow finally on the ground, the weather has finally taken a turn for the better, in my opinion that is.
As most of you probably know, I love winter in all its forms. I love the snow, the cold and the ice. Well, when it stays off the roads that is.
I couldn’t have been happier when I saw the first flakes of snow falling from the sky late last week when I woke to find a blanket of white covering the trees and ground outside my window. Snow was the one thing that had been missing from my life these last few weeks and now that it is here, I hope it never leaves.
Some of you might wonder why I wish for more snow and cold weather when there is more than enough already here. Well the answer is simple. Snow is one of the best things about the winter season and means that, in most cases, Christmas is not far off.
My family, as I believe I have mentioned before, loves everything about Christmas. Be it the decorating of the house or the joys of the holidays. We love all of it and are sad to see it go when the New Year comes around.
If you were to turn onto my street back in Hudson, Wis., you wouldn’t have a hard time telling which house was ours.
My mother kind of goes a little crazy with the house decorations, and that is putting it lightly. Every tree, bush, patch of lawn and window is decked out with lights, Christmas ornaments or holiday knick-knack. And let me tell you, even if I might be a little biased, it is the best looking house on the block.
And if the outside is overloaded with decorations, then the inside is bursting with them. Just like the outside of the house, there isn’t anywhere you could look and not see some kind of holiday ornament, tinsel or some other Christmas goodie.
Even though some people might find the number of decorations excessive, I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. The Willi house at Christmas time will always hold many good memories for me from my childhood.
The all-day Christmas movie marathons on Christmas Eve is one of my favorite holiday traditions and I will be disappointed if it should ever come to an end. Another favorite is Christmas morning when we all come together to open presents and eat breakfast as a family. In short, the Willi home at Christmas time is the only place I ever want to be.
Sadly, my own apartment here in Worthington will not be nearly as well decorated or Christmas-y as my parents’ home. The extent of my holiday decorating is two little Christmas trees with lights I’ve set up around my living room.
I know it isn’t much, but it is better than nothing when it comes to Christmas. And that is one of the main reasons why I am praying for more snow to fall, because if nothing else, more snow on the ground will make me feel more at home and hopefully tide me over until I can make it home for the holidays in a few weeks.
So bring on the snow, Mother Nature. I doubt you could snow so much as to make me hate seeing those wonderful white flakes fall from the sky. Well, as long as I can make it home for the holidays that is.

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