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December 21

Times will come, times will go; but one thing is for always and that is the snow! And snow is exactly what is dancing about the skies today. I see big fluffy flakes building their own mounds and drifts just waiting to be deep enough for the elves and reindeer to come play in them.

I often just like climbing onto my oversized rocking chair on the back porch looking out watching the snow. It is some of the most interesting of items to study and certainly some common misconceptions are spoken about snow and snow flakes.

Did you know that there is a saying that 'no two snowflakes are alike'? It certainly is hard to find two that are exactly the same especially when you consider the infinite possibilities of shape and size. But there has been found two snow flakes that were exactly the same. So while it is fun and exciting to think there are no two alike, sadly that is just not the case.

Do you know how snowflakes are made? Well Snowflakes start as ice crystals that are the size of a speck of dust. When the crystals fall they join up with other crystals to form a snowflake. The size of the snowflake depends on how many crystals hook together. Snowflakes usually have six sides.

Did you know it can actually get so cold that it can not snow?!! That is true! The colder it is, the thinner the air. If there is not enough water droplets in the air it can not produce snow.

For it to be able to snow, the tops of the clouds must be 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). As snow falls they connect together to make bigger flakes.

Here is my favorite fact of them all about snow! Snows at the North Pole (and South Pole) act like a mirror and reflect heat back into space. It takes the suns heat and returns it by simply reflecting it off the earth like a shield. That is why it is always wise to wear sunglasses when in the snow. Even if not at the Poles, the light reflecting can be very intense and cause what is called snow blindness. A simple fact we are very well aware of here at the North Pole

Aside from those fun facts, snow is also great for sliding on, making snowballs for various reasons and for making igloos and snow-people. You can also make some very good flavored snow cones if you are very careful where you get the snow from. Dirty snow with chunks of dirt and rock are not much fun to eat (chuckle, chuckle)!

I know you all want to know what else may have happened today. I would tell you but then I wouldn’t have any secrets at all!! Okay. I will admit that today the last item came off the production lines. With only a few days left, we still have to make sure we get the last button sewn on, last coat of paint brushed and the last whistle attached. Getting so very close and all hands are now working on the final details!

Did you know that your thumb is the same length as your nose!?

So Ho! Ho! Ho! Time is drawing near. Pass out tons of smiles and grab your family for a big hug. Brush the teeth, wash the face and practice your getting to bed early.

Coming soon to a rooftop near you! Slumber soundly.



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