I don’t have a frame of reference for this. Holidays without snow? Sure. For years now that's been a gamble. This however, is something else entirely: on Christmas Eve they're forecasting 15ºC to 17ºC. That's a historical record we'll be crushing by almost 10 degrees right there. But what's even more unprecedented is the absolute steadiness of these temperatures, a two-month long November now almost extending to the new year without a speck of snow or ice on the ground; without even touching sub-zero.
Until a few years ago it would've driven me mad: Christmas needed snow. But now...the kids are just as excited, cookies will be baked again and smiles, restlessness and frenzy will be here nonetheless. The white stuff, the greenery...
None of that truly matters.
P.S Speaking of the shortest day: over at KAGE we released our first collaborative effort yesterday, a free eBook entitled Under a Vagrant Sun. Did I mention it's free? Here's the link.