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Just Write: I'm holding onto festive, tip-toeing to February's door

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Christmas decorations (mostly) have come down, the Steelers aren't in the postseason, and Jack Frost sent a bold reminder of how cold it can get.

Welcome to January 2014.

Though I long for picturesque wintry nights filled with twinkling lights dotted in snow, January is a month that can be difficult to enjoy.

Perhaps it is because the festive nature of the holidays once again is boxed up or helplessly lying on store shelves for 90-percent off.

Perhaps — this year especially — it is because football is not as much fun without the Steelers playing.

Many seem to blame the weather — apparently forgetting that winter is, in fact, part of the fabric of our region every year.

At least until this weekend, my Christmas tree remains standing. It's a reminder of the festive wintertime fun. Driving through neighborhoods the other evening, I spotted other trees still standing — and shining bright — through windows. Those last glimpses of bright holiday lights soon will fade.

But as they do, February will be on the march. That's always been a favorite of mine — perhaps because I was born during the month.

Like January, February can be cold and snowy, too. But by then, we've seemed to move past the holiday hangover, and many are thinking of spring (not me).

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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