I live in an area that has snow just about every year. Not too much, but usually enough to add to the beauty for many days. Of course, some years we have had none, and some years way too much. But usually there is just enough to make the scenery beautiful and peaceful. Unfortunately, it usually is not on Christmas Day, which would make Christmas seem that much more magical.
Having spent 20 years on active duty in the Navy, I have been in many places around Christmas time, some which did not get snow. Florida is one of those places. Florida has a lot of beauty, but I will take the northern snow over hurricanes anytime. Then there were the times when I was deployed and many of those places never saw snow.
I did get to climb the pyramids and even ride a camel. Visited the King Tut exhibit in its home in the National Museum of Egypt. But no snow!
One Christmas I lived in Maine. For them it was a mild winter that year, but I did get to see more snow than is usually here at my home. But I must say, in the New England states, they are much better prepared for real snow than most other places in the states. They are out with plows as soon as the first flakes fall.
Snow plays a very important part in winter sports. Huge numbers of people anxiously await the first significant snowfall near them. The Winter Olympics are watched by millions of people. Many people take advantage of some of the best skiing in America at Mt Hood, a short drive from my home. But being in the Navy I did not get to continue skiing, which I had done beginning in college.
One more beautiful effect of winter is the silver thaw. That is when a very beautiful but very dangerous coating of ice forms on pretty much everything, caused by freezing rain or by the melting and refreezing of ice and snow. The weight of the ice will often cause branches to snap, blocking roads and bringing down power lines. It often brings down whole trees.
Sometimes snow can be a pain in the rear. But overall, I love the beauty of it and feel an emptiness when our city is bare while so many other places have snow.
Of course, I have to admit that there are some out there who do not love snow so much.
So what are your experiences and thoughts about snow, since it is soon to be upon us?