Sunday, December 12, 2010

I Want A White Christmas

I want snow for Christmas.

I grew up in the Midwest, where the first snow was always celebrated by us kids, even if it was in the middle of October or November. I loved to see the snow accumulate, although my parents did not (Shoveling was and is never the favored activity).

The one thing I disliked was the sub-zero temperatures. There was a winter once when we were getting minus 75 below Fahrenheit. That is so cold it hurts, engines freeze, and you do not want to be outside.

Now I live in the South and I adore it. The winters are mild. Sometimes too mild. I like the cold (or getting chilly) because it kills the bugs and it reminds me of Christmas.

Yes. I still want snow for Christmas.

I want three feet of snow, enough to build snowmen, cover the trees, make the air sound so quiet as the snow falls you can hear yourself breathe. It makes you appreciate the hot chocolate and snuggling indoors.

Unfortunately, what I'll probably get is rain, or worse an Ice Storm. All the cold without the benefit.

What would like for this Holiday Season? Do you want snow just for Christmas? Or something different?

Since it is getting so chilly out there I'd like to help get everyone in the festive mood! I am giving away books. I will award them both randomly tomorrow (December 13, Monday). Please check the comment section for the winner.

I have an e-book, "Lying Eyes" by Amy Atwell (This is open to anyone, inside and outside the U.S) This should be a nice and toasty read.

Now for those of you, who miss summer, I have a YA book, "Endless Summer" by Jennifer Echols (This is can only be given to someone within the continental U.S.).

17 comments:

Lisa D. said...

I, too, grew up in the Mid-west, just south of the Snow Belt. I haven't been down here long enough to miss the snow, and we're heading back to OH on the 26th, so I'll probably have some then.

M.V.Freeman said...

Lisa,
That's the best part...just visiting the snow.
Still travel can be tough this time of year. :-)

JoAnn said...

You're right, Mary -- Christmas Day will be either a cold rain or a sunny 75 degrees! Could go either way!

Although I did see that snow showers are forecast for December 21, so...

Louisa Cornell said...

Three of the best Christmases from my childhood memories were the three we spent in England. We had a White Christmas every year and it was wonderful! Snowball fights, crunching the snow under out feet as we wandered around the village. We loved it! My Mom, an Alabama girl who never saw snow until she married my Dad and his next post ended up being in Bangor Maine, hated those winters in England!

The years I lived in Germany near the Austrian border were also magical at Christmas time. Salzburg in snowfall is one of my most cherished memories!

I don't mind the cold weather we are having too much, but it would be more tolerable if the cold would produce some snow for Christmas!

M.V.Freeman said...

JoAnn,
I am SOOOOO hoping for snow showers..just a smidge..a bit. Anything! I love gray, cold days on Christmas. (I am weird, I know this). I'm like a kid with this.

I remember one Christmas (not here..) that it was sunny and warm. I was so dissapointed. LOL

M.V.Freeman said...

Louisa,
I agree, if its going to be cold, bring on the Snow!

I agree, Salzburg is lovely in winter (especially at Christmas), like you, I've been fortunate to be in Europe for many a winter. There is something very festive there this time of year.

One day, I'd like to talk to you about your travels, you fascinate me!

Louisa Cornell said...

I'd like to talk to you about your travels as well! I've been very fortunate in my life to see the places I've seen and lived in the places I've lived!

And Salzburg at Christmas is like something out of a snow globe dream, especially the Christkind Markt!

M.V.Freeman said...

That describes it perfectly...A Snow Globe dream.

And I like the way you said it...seen the places you seen and lived the places you lived..love that!

Speaking of snow, I'm enjoying the spitting of snow right now outside my window. I am trying not to break out into a Holiday song...

Linda Henderson said...

I live in southwest Missouri so we get plenty of snow. What I'd like to have for Christmas is to hopefully be well. I was developing pneumonia so I'm on medicine for that and had a wacky heartrate so they are watching that. So here's to some clear lungs and a regular heartrate for Christmas with my family.

Gwen Hernandez said...

I love the beauty of snow when it's falling and when everything is covered in white. But I can do without the frigid temps, salt and sand on the roads, perilous driving conditions, and shoveling.

Still, I'd rather have it feel like Christmas than have the 80 degree weather we often got in AZ. There's something weird about wearing shorts for the holidays unless you're on a tropical vacation.

I lived in southern Germany as a kid, but we didn't get a lot of snow where we were. Or sun! ;-) Still loved it.

M.V.Freeman said...

Linda,
Pneumonia is not a pleasant thing to deal with. Add with that your heart rate--what you need is a calm, fun, and easy Christmas. I am hoping that health is what you receive! :-)

M.V.Freeman said...

Gwen,
Yep, I don't miss the down side of snow and frigid weather--but lets face it where we are, by the next day there is no snow. (How are the temps where you were?) But 80 degree weather, not my favorite either...(no pleasing me is there?)

As for gray days in Germany--I think that is where my love of cloudy days came from. I adore when its gloomy.

RedPeril said...

I'm watching the snow fall as I read this, and being reminded of the place I called home for my first 19 years. Minnesota's winters can be beautiful, as well as brutal. (We didn't get snow days unless it was cold enough to freeze spit before it hit the ground!) Aside from tunneling through snow banks, my favorite part about Christmas time up there was driving around the different neighborhoods in our town to see the competing light displays, complete with music. I do miss seeing thousands of colorful lights sparking against the sheen of fresh snow. My neighbors just finished putting up an elaborate(borderline gaudy) array of decorations...and there's just something depressing to me about Christmas lights against the backdrop of dead grass. >.< For the sake of nostalgia, I wouldn't mind a nice dusting for Christmas morning.

But what I really want for Christmas is to finish my book. >.<

M.V.Freeman said...

Red Peril,
I am with you, my second wish is to finish my revisions!

But you are right, there is something mournful about decorations against the browns and sickly green/yellow. I would love a nice cover of snow...but you know, when its night time and you go to look at the lights--things look a bit better. We do that every Christmas eve. :0)

And good luck with that BOOK!!

M.V.Freeman said...

I have TWO winners today!

Lisa D, you win the Jennifer Echol's "Endless Summer"

and

Louisa Cornell you win the e-book, "Lying Eyes" by Amy Atwell.

Please send me your contact information to fretv2@gmail.com

Thanks all! And keep looking more prizes around the corner!

Liz Fichera said...

I'm chuckling as I read your post because I can so relate. I grew up in Illinois but now live in Arizona. I visit Chicago every year in December for two weeks and always get in the Christmas mood because of the snow and cold. But then I get to go back to Phoenix where I don shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops most of the year. The best of both worlds!!

M.V.Freeman said...

Liz, that's the best way to deal with snow--only for a few weeks! Now we're getting ice...If it were snow I'd be a smidge happier...

How warm does it get in Arizona in the winter? (Or cool is what I should ask)