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Good Wednesday morning to you!

I am dreaming of a White Christmas, but it doesn’t look likely, at least not in the Des Moines region. Partly cloudy. High of 44. Low of 27. No snow. That’s our current forecast for Dec. 25. The days before and after it look similar.

I told my wife Jolene that it won’t seem like Christmas without snow. She replied that we rarely have a White Christmas in central Iowa. I didn't believe her, so I asked our weather forecaster, Jason Parkin. Referencing my weather column last week, he told me there was a 50 percent chance. Ha! Then he gave me the following Christmas Day climatology from the National Weather Service.

The snowiest Christmas Days since 1884:
1) 4.1 inches in 1909
2) 3.5 inches in 1895
3) 3.4 inches in 2009
4) 3.2 inches in 1899
5) 3.0 inches in 1886
6) 2.3 inches in 1957
7) 2.0 inches in 1962
8) 1.5 inches in 1941
9) 1.0 inches in 1884 and 1996 

You might remember at least one of those snowy Christmas Days, especially 2009 when winter weather made travel dicey. But what about the years with the most snow on the ground? 

The deepest snow cover on Christmas Day for Des Moines:
1) 17 inches in 1961
2) 13 inches in 1909
3) 12 inches in 2000
4) 8 inches in 1895 and 2009
6) 7 inches in 1945, 1983, 1985 and 2008
10) 6 inches in 1919, 1925 and 1951

I vividly remember the snow in 2000 and the drifts we had over our fence in the back yard. I bundled up our then-toddler daughter Sara for some sledding. We had a great time in the snow and an even better time warming up with hot chocolate. We may not have a snowy Christmas this year, but we can still dream about — and share memories of — White Christmases from years past.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

More dry weather is headed our way through the holiday weekend. Temperatures will warm a bit Thursday and Christmas Eve. We’ve got a chance of rain in Monday’s forecast and a chance for a light mix on Tuesday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Wednesday, Dec. 22 - The exhibit runs through Jan. 23
At: Des Moines Art Center
An exhibition loaded with “exuberant art” created on site by Justin Favela, including a large-scale installation, wall-and-floor sculptures and a paper chandelier. Inspired by Latinx culture, art history, and food, Favela uses layers of vibrant strips of paper with a technique that reminds of piñatas and party decorations. The exhibit is on display at the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines at 4700 Grand Ave. For more information, visit www.desmoinesartcenter.org.

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FROM KCCI: Adventureland to be acquired by Palace Entertainment and the changes to come

ALTOONA, Iowa — Palace Entertainment announced Tuesday it would be acquiring Adventureland Resort. Adventureland has been owned and operated by the Krantz family since 1974, containing more than 100 rides, shows and attractions. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Family pet receives life-saving operation thanks to kindness from a stranger

DES MOINES, Iowa — A random act of kindness helped rescue what could have been a heartbreaking holiday for an Iowa family. An emergency trip to the vet for her sick dog wasn’t in Amanda Letz’s budget this year. “Just the X-ray alone was $533,” Letz said, “so I dipped into my kids’ Christmas money that we had set back and got her the X-ray.”  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Former corrections officer charged for helping Webster County inmate escape, sheriff's office says

Michelle Valenti of Fort Dodge is facing four felony charges after Jordan Mefferd's escape from jail on Dec. 12... ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Drake offering free admission to rescheduled Chicago State basketball game Wednesday.  … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV
IUPUI upsets No. 15 Iowa women 74-73. … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Bridal Shop
1. Schaffer’s
2. Weddings By Design
3, Something Blue


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Christmas then and now
Residents reflect on changing holiday observances

By Ashley Rullestad

Growing up, Suresh Reddy lived in India and celebrated both Christmas and Diwali.
“Both have their own excitement and are my most favorite time of the year.”

During Christmas, the celebration focused on religious observances with the local church leading the celebrations. The Reddy family had Christmas trees, stars hung outside the house, an exchange of greeting cards, nativity scenes, midnight Mass in church and a lot of cakes and festivities.

“All our friends and families came together to celebrate Christmas.”

Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major holidays celebrated by Hindus. It symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, and it's one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism. It lasts five days and is usually celebrated in the fall, between mid-October and mid-November. As Diwali grows near, celebrants prepare by cleaning their homes. They wear their fanciest clothing and celebrate with family feasts and gifts.


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National Wreaths Across America Day. What began in 1992 with a trailer load of wreaths, decorated by volunteers and laid at the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, has now become a national organization with millions of volunteers who placed 2.4 million veterans wreaths at 3,136 locations across the nation. The mission is to "Remember - Honor - and Teach." — Photo taken at Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, South Caroline, by Paul Houston.


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Ralph Fiennes, Meghan Trainor, Ted Cruz, Jordin Sparks, Dina Meyer, Genevieve Hannelius, Diane Sawyer, Héctor Elizondo, Chris Carmack, Bern Nadette Stanis, Anthony Jeselnik, Brooke Nevin, Big Tigger

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Poll of the Week

What is atop your Christmas tree?

An angel
A star
A bow


How many times have you seen "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”?

None - 10%
1 time - 11%
2-5 times - 20%
6-10 times - 11%
11 times or more - 48%

Morning Chuckle

What do you get from a cow at the North Pole?

ICE CREAM -  Ron Sinnwell, David Whims, Lori Bluml, William Snyder; MILK SHAKE - co-worker; SOMETHING UDDERLY FROZEN - Rex Post; AN ESKIMOOOO PIE - Gail Tomlinson


What did the customer want in exchange for their sweater full of static electricty?

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