Rhode Island is in for a wet Christmas. And, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, unseasonably warm weather.
The National Weather Service predicts temperatures could hit the upper fifties on Christmas Eve. There won’t be any snow, but the state can still expect precipitation in the form of heavy rain into Christmas Day. National Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly Buttrick said temperatures could reach near-record highs. “Normal highs usually run around forty degrees so for the next three days we can expect unseasonable warmth,” said Buttrick.
Conservatives love to say that liberalism and political correctness have led to a `War on Christmas’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the war is actually against Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving turkey hasn’t been stuffed yet but the frenzy of Christmas shopping has begun with the annual blizzard of tinsel and glitz. Stroll into your local CVS and you are greeted by shelves festooned with overstuffed Santa Claus figures.
With Christmas over, many families have already started to take down the tree. State officials are urging people to recycle them.
Most Rhode Island communities provide curbside pick-up of Christmas trees. The trees are hauled to the central landfill in Johnston, where they’re ground up for use as mulch in the spring.
Sarah Kite, director of recycling services at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation which operates the landfill, said they accept all organic Christmas decorations provided they’re stripped bare.