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Tahoe Today: White Christmas – looking back, looking ahead

Christmas is nearly here.

Outside my window, children are playing in the snow, the lake is blue, the sky is filled with white, puffy clouds and I can almost hear the sleigh bells ring as tourists joyride down the hill. What a wonderful time of year, especially in Lake Tahoe, our own winter wonderland.

But that was last year’s memory, wasn’t it? Yes. Just wonderful memories of last year when the snow at Kingsbury was a gazillion feet tall and we could barely make it out the door. Do I miss it?

Oh, yes.

But I promise you it will come. It always does. You just have to tough it out, locals. Sometimes, we get spoiled living here. Besides the beauty, peace and serenity, we want the whole ball of wax – snow, too.

It’s rare that Tahoe gets snow on Christmas Day anyway. Since I moved here in 1974, I can count the snowfall on that day on my fingers. Yes, usually it snows a few weeks beforehand or several weeks after.

One New Year’s Eve, it snowed so hard we had blizzard conditions. The power went out and my husband and I were stranded at home, so we snuggled by the fireplace and watched the snow outside. We were mesmerized. Several hours passed, in fact, before I reminded my husband we had a gas stove and should try lighting it so we could cook dinner. He found the matches and – voila! – we had a cozy dinner by the fire.

It is one of my happiest memories at the lake.

But back to this year’s snow. I’m not a weather psychic, but expect the white stuff between Jan. 8-11, 2012. How do I know?

Every time I go to Hawaii in the winter, it snows. My ticket reads Jan. 11. Mark my words on this one.

Until then, Merry Christmas, Tahoe!

– Dayle Schear is an internationally known psychic and television personality who worked extensively with “Hard Copy.” To ask Schear a question for this column, email ESP55555@aol.com. Please include a telephone number.

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