While many of our friends and relatives in places like Missouri, Iowa and Illinois are having ice and snow, we are having our continuing drought -- more than 20 inches below normal rainfall this year
(a record) -- and to add insult to injury, we've had record high temperatures the past week or so. The other morning they were playing "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" on the radio, and I was thinking, "Yeah? Well, I heard the BIRDS on Christmas Day!" The birds have been singing every morning and it sounds more like spring than winter. That got me to thinking about some other carols that might need to be amended for those of us in the southeast this Christmas. Like: "O Little Town of Death Valley", "No Well, No Well", "We Wish You a Rainy Christmas", "Thunder We've NOT Heard on High", "Rain Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy", "The 12 Drops of Christmas", "I'm Dreaming of a Wet Christmas", "Walking in a Summer Wonderland", "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Tucson", and "Chestnuts Roasting in a Forest Fire".
And if you want to ride in a one-horse open sleigh, I can pretty much assure you won't get wet, but you may want that sleigh to have air conditioning. I'm sorry if I sound grumpy...but I've baked the cookies, finished the shopping, and decked the halls. But it's getting really hard to get into the "feel" of Christmas with this weather!