Nose for the Holidays

A sure sign the holidays are close.

hide captionA sure sign the holidays are close.

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It was the fireplaces. Walking home last night, my fingers were freezing, my nose was red (it was still 40 degrees, but the D.C. summer thins the blood), and I was generally cranky. But, as soon as I smelled smoke (the good, sweet piney kind, not the sulfuric, call-the-insurance-agent kind) it hit me: the holidays are almost here. That fact irritated me to no end just before Halloween when the corner drug store had Santa in the window with the ghosts; but now I've booked my flight home for Christmas, saved a few bucks for gifts, and it's 30 degrees out instead of 80. Most people have some sort of trigger for these things... falling leaves, a winter wardrobe change. For me it's the smells... dried leaves, sugar cookies, gravy, turkey, pine trees, and of course the fireplaces. How about you? When does it really sink in that the holidays are here?

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Being an outdoorsman (and amatuer astronomer), I have many, many different cues.
First, when school starts, it must be mid-August!

September, when the the weather starts to cool (only reaching 95F in Kansas), and Dove Season opens. I start taking a jacket to stargaze (instead of 99.998% DEET). Christmas displays appear in certain stores.

October, and with it comes 3 weeks of delaying tactics, until I buy the pumpkins for my daughter to carve. I remind her that they rot quickly, but she still wants them carved by Oct. 10th. Christmas displays appear in stores EVERYWHERE!

November is here! With it comes the artillery barrage that is Pheasnt Season opening day. Can we go back unto Standard Time yet?

December. Clear, cold nights when the INTERESTING constellations are up before midnight.

January. Arrives cold, dark (hung-over tomorrow?)

February. See above!

March arrives with the wail of weekly storm siren testing.

April. This is NOT a test! Seek shelter now!

May. Will this rain ever stop?

June. School is out.

July. Honey, tell me why you want to go to Florida in the summer?

August. Persid meteor shower.

Repeat!

Sent by Harold | 1:10 PM | 11-8-2007

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