In an era of limits brought by our long-running recession, there is one thing that, at least to date, seems limitless.
Rain and snow.
They’ve been falling in near-record amounts on the Mother Lode and Sierra since before Thanksgiving, and threaten to break the back of a drought which had gripped California for the past three years.
Although thousands of Arnold- and Twain Harte-area residents left without power by November’s storms may disagree, the epic precipitation is a good thing. The Sierra snowpack is already at nearly 60 percent of its seasonal average, and January, February and March still lie ahead.
Come summer, however, all of us will appreciate the benefits of the year’s storms: Reservoir storage will be up, more water will be available for irrigation, the spectre of rationing will evaporate and forest fire danger will drop.
So look back on the soggy Christmas of 2010 as a blessing. And wish for more rain and snow — with far fewer power outages — for the new year.
A few more blessings, mixed and otherwise, for the holiday season:
From one December to the next, it runs through our history like a luminous thread joining us in the best and worst of circumstances.
Even in the grip of the Great Depression or amid World War II, when scores of Tuolumne and Calaveras county youths risked their lives in Europe or the Pacific, Christmas brought a sense of cheer and connection to the Mother Lode.
Through boom and bust and war and peace, the season has brought wonder to our children and, at least for a while, charity and goodwill to their parents.
Although reducing the Christmas spirit to words is a daunting, perhaps impossible task, The Union Democrat’s editors and writers have again and again taken up the challenge. And collectively their efforts help define the special connection between this magical, revered holiday and the place we call home.
So, on Christmas Eve, a look at a few of our own Christmases Past:
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