AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The most wonderful time of the year is here. Holiday wishes, good food and – burweed? The prickly weed makes its appearance during the winter. Not only is it unattractive, but it can cause unpleasant encounters. Shane Harris, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System county coordinator for Tallapoosa County, said people really don’t notice this weed until they actually step on it. Don’t let burweed put a damper on the holiday spirit; take control before it’s too late.