Holiday Travel Blues

Stephanie Csaszar, right, of Laramie, Wyo., waits with other stranded travelers in a Frontier Airlines line to change their flights due to severe snow conditions Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at Denver International Airport.
AP Photo/The Rocky Mountain News
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.

The Smith family will be traveling during the holidays. It's not something I particularly look forward to, but sharing an egg nog with the cousins sure is worth it, don't you think?

A blizzard shut down the big new winter-proof airport in Denver. Hundreds of flights cancelled, which of course wreaks havoc on the rest of the system. There are few more helpless feelings than staring at the arrival and departure boards, knowing that you are going nowhere.

London's Heathrow has been shut down by fog. All those people trying to get somewhere, gobbling up all the concourse food. Yummy.

It's hard to be merry and bright when you can't get there from here. So I have been meditating in my office, trying to attain a sufficient level of peace before I head to the airport.

Hmmmm. Hmmmm. I'll be the guy with the smile on my face, thinking about how nice it would be to stay home.

Harry's daily commentary can be heard on many CBS Radio News affiliates across the country.