Christmas in Winter Wonderland
It’s December in Wyoming, and it’s a wonder to behold.
Fluffy flakes drift down to become a blanket of white. Once-barren trees don their mantle and the air sparkles in the rays of a new day. Winter's arrived in Wyoming.
The bitter north wind howls as the storm barrels across the plains. It enters the valley and drives ice and snow without mercy. Deer, antelope, horses, cattle, mules…and people hunker down until a new day dawns.
Skis slash a fresh-groomed trail of white as a figure in red skims down the steep mountainside beneath a sky of crystal blue. The crisp sound of a snowboard follows accompanied by laughter when an impromptu wipe-out sends powdered snow high into the cold air.
Winter's arrived to Wyoming, and it’s a wonder to behold.
The morning sun flashes its brief hello before settling once again beneath the gray veil of the clouds. As the hunter creeps through the still, white forest, the fresh-fallen snow crunches beneath his boots. The young buck jerks to attention behind the wild raspberry bush. They stare at each other in frozen astonishment.
The dim light works its way through the crystals hanging in suspended wonder, and a forest road’s bathed in white. Tall aspens stand watch over the path into their land and they guard it well. Once clothed in beauty, they stand bare and exposed, but forever strong, their markings stark to the eye.
The seasons change. Harsh weather impacts the bear, elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, deer, antelope, wolf, mountain lion, coyote, beaver, prairie dog, squirrel, chipmunk, ferret, fish, snake, mole, man…the list goes on.
Winter’s arrived to Wyoming. It’s a wonder to behold.
It’s befitting we celebrate Christ’s birthday this month. After all, during this time, winter transforms a dry, cracked land into a majestic winter wonderland.
Trees twinkle through frosty windows as cars slice through the slush. Carolers stroll down the sidewalk, lifting praise songs to the Lord. And people huddle on their doorsteps while they listen beneath the starlit night.