The first snow came later this year than it usually falls. The earliest I remember a good, sticking snow around here was on October 7, many years ago. So this was a longer Fall than usual. We ended up with about 3 inches up here on the hill, more than the weather-guy had predicted. The first one or two are so pretty, I got out with the camera for a few pictures for posterity. It will be warm enough today to melt it all by the time I get home from work this evening. So, with Thanksgiving under our belts (literally), the Christmas tree lighting the bay window in the living room, the Holiday CDs and DVDs pulled out of a box for the kids to enjoy again another year, and now our first beautiful white blanket of snow; the Christmas Season is alive here on the Ranch. As much as I will complain about it come February, the snow is part of Christmas for me. Perhaps, it goes back to my childhood Christmases in Western New York, famous for huge winter storms.