Okay, so I am a little late getting my Christmas decorations out. I am simply one of those people who like to take holidays one at a time.
I may see a perfect gift in May and buy it, but I typically put it in the back of my closet and not think about it again until December.
At Thanksgiving I like to focus on friends, family and football. In my mind there is plenty of time to prepare for Christmas. And don’t even talk to me about Christmas when the kids are trick or treating.
This year, right after Thanksgiving we had a cold front blow through shortly after turkey day, and let me tell you, it was cold enough that I dug a jacket out of my closet that I only wear a few times a year. This coat is suede with a sheepskin lining that invariably receives comments from men and women, alike. It still looks brand new, and I expect to wear it for many years.
When the front arrived, one of my neighbors casually mentioned that I probably regretted my rule of not putting up my lights until the halfway point between Thanksgiving and Christmas. He had his up weeks ago, including the inflatable Santa, Frosty the Snowman and digital countdown to Christmas calendar.
One thing my neighbor forgets but I always remember is that winter comes and goes here in Cody. My first year in the big city was a true learning experience. In late November the skies turned gray and a damp cold descended upon us. It seemed like it stayed that way for months. In truth, it did stay that way until March.
Around here we see a lot of sunshine. Sure, we get an Alberta Clipper that brings Arctic air our way, but we are just as likely to have the Chinook winds blow in warm air. From a spot up on Skyline Drive I can see golfers getting in a late season round as well as joggers on the path down near the Shoshone River. And up and down Sheridan Avenue I see shoppers heading in and out of some of our famous galleries.
So when the weather warmed up this weekend right on schedule I pulled out my outdoor decorations. My favorites are Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. Instead of a sleigh, however, I replaced it with a stagecoach. Driving the stagecoach is Santa, of course, but riding shotgun is the snowman from the Rudolph television special. You know, the one voiced by Burl Ives?
I always thought that snowman must have been inspired by our own Bill Cody because of the goatee.
Now that my decorations are up I can focus on my annual Christmas party that am throwing this Saturday night. I will tell you how it went next week.
Until then, I am lovin’ life…and baking cookies…in Cody, Wyo.