Some Minnesotans say “bring on the winter.” They want the snow, the sports and the ice. But others say “It’s not even Christmas. Can’t this all wait?” Bryn Mawr-resident John Padgett is definitely a Christmas guy. The lights go up early in his yard display, a 15-year tradition. “I usually start the first week of November to be done by Thanksgiving,” Padgett said. “And they’ll probably be up until I can get them unfrozen from the ground.”
A winter day in Minnesota can cut you right to the bone with its wind chill and overcast skies. On days when it’s impossible to walk outside without your eyes watering and immediately freezing shut (happened to me once!), I like to hunker down inside with a giant bowl of steaming soup.