Mother nature is not always predictable in Southwest Michigan and so far this December that seems to be holding more true than ever. With just ten days left until Christmas, you would expect that holiday shoppers would be out in the winter backdrop of snowy fields while out shopping for those special gifts for loved ones and friends. That certainly isn’t the case this year, with mild temp’s and damp (but not snowy) conditions today.
There is abundant sunshine today in West Michigan with mild temperatures…or at least for this time of year. From the looks of it, there appear to be a fair number of people who have decided to take advantage of this mild December weather and get out to do some more of their holiday shopping.
It may have taken it’s time arriving this year, but the snow has slowly but surely worked it’s way back into our forecast here in West Michigan. Although it really was a dusting in places yesterday, it was enough to cause havoc on some roadways. Of course, we all want a bit more on the ground to see the pretty white landscape at Christmas time too.
Although we still haven’t seen our typical snowfall for this time of year in the Saugatuck Michigan area, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go…to coin a phrase. A good time of year to get your Kingsley House B&B gift card order in soon.
In case you missed it, Saugatuck Christmas parade was this afternoon and lots of fun and festive characters were all a part of it, including the Scrooge, the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and all of the cast of Whoville. And of course a few santas as well.
Our forecast for the next few days here hardly seem like the first few days of December in the Saugatuck Michigan area. With temperatures pushing 60 degrees, it really seems a bit more like a hopeful weather forecast for the beginning of April.
This time of year, romantic couples start looking for a romantic wintery sleigh ride through the snow as an option for viewing Michigan in wintertime. Although it certainly sounds wonderful, this year mother nature apparently has other plans as the forecast continues to vary each day, but snow just does not seem to be something that we will have on the ground anytime in the near future. Just wait, after all, this is Michigan.
Today of course is Black Friday, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season in West Michigan and all accross the country. All indications on the noon news point to another record holiday shopping season which is always good for our economy. But of course we hope our guests remember to buy gift cards online from our website this year as well.
In talking with a recent customer who was ordering a gift card for the bed and breakfast as a Christmas gift, I realized that a number of our fans believe we should have more online gift card options. So just earlier this week, I added a number of additional gift card denominations so that customers can order online in quite a few different denominations.
It isn’t very often that we get “mid to upper 60′s” as a forecast in West Michigan and the Saugatuck, Fennville areas in mid November but that is exactly what our forecast is for a couple of days here. We definitely will enjoy it while it lasts as it may be quite some time before we see these temperatures again.