What an amazing beautiful Christmas week we are having here in southern Minnesota. I can't believe how remarkable it can be without any snow blanketing the ground and rooftops. A brown Christmas and the scenery is still stunning. Remarkable! It feels like fall but it doesn't look like it. There are no leaves in sight. The different shades of brown set against the blue sky is wonderful and picturesque. The sun shines down on the icy lake. All of Lake Hanska looks like a gigantic magical ice rink. It has been for Jack as he skates around shooting his puck over the slippery ice. I took all of the torn up and ravaged wrapping paper out to the dumpster and did not even need a coat. It's just crazy! Sure, the wind coming off the lake, once you get around the house is chilling; but, this is nothing like our usual December days. I am so blessed to be experiencing all of this with everyone here.