Many years, when we come to visit my family for the holidays, there's no snow on the ground. This year, there had been an ice storm a few days previous, visible in the trees and wires coated in clean crystalline ice and covered with fresh snow. El Bandito and I wandered through the fresh snow, threw snowballs, made snowmen. Enjoyed a brief bit of actual winter. Grinned like a fool.
And the winter boots that I bought prior to the trip have proved worthy. Warm feet and good traction. Grateful to have that option.