Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Countdown to Christmas

By Ruth A. Ringelstetter

It’s just 3 days until Christmas, but looking out the door in southern Wisconsin, there is no hint of snow. We’ve had several snows, but after each one, warm weather returned and any snow we received has melted.

It’s a little easier to believe it’s almost Christmas if you go out at night and look at the Christmas lights around town. Many larger cities have a light display in a park that you can drive or walk through. They’ll usually have Christmas music playing to help bring on Christmas cheer.

According to the weather forecast, there is little chance of a white Christmas in our area of the country, in fact, in most of the eastern United States. (Most people know I don’t put all that much faith in the weather people, but in this case, I fear they are correct.)

The good news is, any driving people will be doing will be over clear roads. The bad news for us is we probably won’t get many, if any, new Christmas photos this year. We’ll just keep adding to our list of places we want to go in a year when we do get Christmas snow.

We’re sure to get some snow eventually, but for now, you can do other things to get into the Christmas spirit. Watch some favorite Christmas movies, listen to your favorite Christmas music, bake some of your family’s favorite cookies and candy, or get a group of friends together and go caroling in your neighborhood.

Whatever you do, we hope your Christmas is filled with joy and happiness, and that you spend time with family and friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy Shunpiking!


  1. Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you, too!

  2. Beautiful pictures, Merry Christmas with or without snow.

  3. Beautiful Christmas photos, Joann! Thanks for helping to set the Christmas mood, Ruth! We're looking forward to seeing you this weekend! Merry Christmas! Phyllis & Vern

  4. Wishing You and the entire Ringelstetter Family a Very Merry Christmas! Ruth and Joann, may 2016 bring you Safe Travels and Wonderful Picture Opportunities.

  5. Thank you all for your kind Christmas wishes. We appreciate your faithful readership. Many blessings to each of you and your families.