“All I want for Christmas …” is rain and snow!
(apologies to lyricist Don Gardner who wrote “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” in 1946. Other songsters have since orchestrated their own versions -- you may even have your own!)
California’s state-wide drought issues have caused the need for serious water usage conservation efforts, hence my wish. I’m delighted the weather effect known as El Nino is bringing snow to our mountains and rain in our valleys that will, hopefully, continue the next few months. Even then we’ll need such winter weather each year for several years to come.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, or Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanza -- these are the holiday wishes with which family, friends, or others we encounter are most likely to greet us this time of year. The season offers us all, including those not celebrating any of these holidays, a unifying opportunity.
Events this year have elicited emotional reactions from some across this country on how to insure future safety for all that have raised questions challenging our values -- personally and as a nation. Hopefully, we'll all continue to practice tolerance throughout the coming year as we offer others respect, love one another and seek peace.