The romantic picture of a white Christmas is the stuff of which songs – and countless more greeting cards – are made, but it’s only a delight if you’re not traveling for the holidays or you’ve already reached your destination.

After all, the tune “White Christmas,” sung by someone trying to duplicate the magic of Bing Crosby’s perennial hit, is a centerpiece of the Christmas soundtrack.

Residents of the Northeastern United States found out too well last weekend that you need to be careful about what you wish for. Travel plans, athletic events and last-minute Christmas shopping activities were dramatically interrupted, and it may be Christmas Eve before things return to normal for some communities.

With a bit of fanfare last week, the possibility of snow flurries was forecast for the Brownwood region before Christmas, but the prospect for that was now been removed. Weather can always pull a surprise, but even if it does, any “winter wonderland” here is usually short-lived.

That’s the way winter seems to work in Central Texas. While it may not provide the prototypical Christmas scene, it works much better when families are traveling to be together for the holidays. If you’re among them, proceed with caution.

Brownwood Bulletin