With “Let it Snow” playing on the radio starting in October, candy canes lining the grocery store aisles, and Christmas trees everywhere you look, it’s hard not to feel a Christmas spirit in the air–and a hope for that winter snow. But we live in Texas, and when temperatures range from 70 to 80 degrees in December, you start to realize a crucial fact that all Texans have learned: Texas winter is awful.
The first thing that makes Texas winter so amazingly unamazing is the complete lack of snow. One day in elementary school, school was cancelled because of ice. Not snow, but ice. Real exciting. It snowed one day in kindergarten, and that was the most amazing time of our lives. I used to live in Colorado, and in the winter snow was everywhere. But here in Texas, just too hot for snow to fall. And when it does get cold enough, it’s just one of those dry, cold, windy days when the wind cuts through your many layers and stings your face, sucking all of the warmth out of you. Good times. When there is snow, there is tons of fun, but in Texas, that doesn’t happen. I haven’t seen snow in Texas for a long time, and I’m getting impatient.
Another thing that makes Texas winter is so bad is the temperature. Can it go below 60 degrees please? Winter should be sitting at the table, drinking hot chocolate, and huddling around heaters. Not playing outside, sipping on ice cold sodas, and asking for someone to turn the AC up. That’s just WRONG. And I DO. NOT. LIKE IT. It is very annoying to see the sun shining outside during winter break, when it should be hiding behind a cloud. Winter should be cold, and Texas is hot. It shouldn’t work like that! I can’t enjoy winter when it’s 90 degrees and sunny outside, but I sure will try.
So while Christmas carols are on the radio, I’ll be drinking my hot chocolate on a sunny day. But that’s okay. I still love Texas even though the winter here is undesirable. The next time I see snow, I’ll be grateful for it, and won’t take it for granted.