A Time To Celebrate John Cali
Some of you know I live in northwestern Wyoming just outside USAís Yellowstone National Park. My little town is in Big Horn Basin, which is actually a huge valley between Big Horn Mountains on east and Absaroka Mountains on west.
Last Saturday night weather turned cold, and famous (or infamous, depending on your viewpoint) Wyoming wind howled all night long. In morning I awoke to a hushed landscape.
The wind had calmed, and mountains and valley were covered with a bright and beautiful blanket of freshly fallen snow. Even though it was only October 24, it was a winter wonderland. Winter comes early in this high country.
But I love winter. Itís my favorite season. Although, since we have readers all over world, I know for many of you this time of year is advent of spring and summer.
Anyway, snow reminded me of upcoming holiday season. Thanksgiving (in USA) comes next month. And then, of course, Christmas in December. Since I can first remember, Iíve always loved those two holidays, especially Christmas.
Iím no longer a Christian in any traditional sense. But my large Italian family always made a big deal of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have many warm and wonderful memories of growing up in that loving, nurturing environment.
Whether you celebrate either of those two days or not, this certainly is a time of celebration for many. And for me, at this point in my life, every day is a time to celebrate. But November and December are special because many folks besides me are also in a celebrating mood. But not everyone.
This year Iíll spend Thanksgiving and Christmas alone. My son and daughter-in-law are in Africa for a couple of years. And most of rest of my family is back in eastern USA, about 2,000 miles away. Also, I have work commitments which will keep me in Wyoming this holiday season. But I will be going back East in early January for a belated holiday celebration with my family.
I will still find great joy in this season, alone or not. But many others, even those not alone, will find holidays a depressing and stressing time. Several of my family often say they canít wait until December 26 when it will all be over.