“Winter is something we’re proud of in Minnesota, and not to have it is embarrassing. It makes us feel invincible that other states get a few flakes of snow and school is canceled, and we fight our way through blizzards. But you need a blizzard to prove yourself.”—Garrison ponders this unusually warm Minnesota winter in the News from Lake Wobegon for December 17th
It’s been much too warm out there. It’s been raining. It looks dreary — it doesn’t look like the festival of lights whatsoever.
Plus, a series of misunderstandings draws a crowd to Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, the Tolleruds reluctantly accept a gift from a NYC relative, Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church celebrates St. Lucia Day, and the high school choir goes caroling.
“It’s been cold and that snow that is on the ground is now there to stay and we’re happy about that.” — Winter comes to Lake Wobegon. Plus, thinking twice about offering hospitality after a visit from Aunt Cooter, the Bunsens forego their usual holiday arguments, and the Living Nativity returns to Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility.
“I grew up along the Mississippi River upstream from the Cities and spent hours sitting on a bank under the trees watching the river flow over a stretch of shallow rapids. If you have nothing to do, there’s no better place to not do it than beside a river.”—
“It’s been getting colder — into the 20s. It’s been trying to snow and we’ve been seeing a lot of Christmas lights.” Plus, Pastor Liz reluctantly serves as a “healer” after a miraculous event at a Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church women’s retreat becomes the talk of the town.