By now in New York City
there's snow on the ground
And out in California the sunshine's fallin' down
Maybe down in Memphis
Graceland's all in lights...
and in Atlanta, Georgia
there's peace on earth tonight.
Christmas in Dixie
It's snowing in the pines...
(Christmas in Dixie by Alabama)
Well, we almost made it on that last one, but not quite. About a week ago Father Winter made an unusually early appearance in Georgia and we had some gorgeous snow in the pines. It hung on for a few days until the temps rose enough to turn the frozen confection into water once again, and all returned to normal.
I believe this is the closest we've come to a white Christmas since sometime in the nineties. One year during that decade we had a few snow flurries that totally excited the kids and drove them into the front yard with their tongues sticking out to catch a flake, but it left just about as fast as it came. Looking back on the many Christmases I've had, I can only remember one white Christmas growing up as a child in East Atlanta. And, ironically, I do not remember the fun we had building a snowman or how incredibly cold it was. The thing I do remember was that my dad still had to go to work and mama reminding him to be careful in the treacherous driving conditions. My dad, like a lot of good Southern folk, didn't ever have to drive in the snow like our northern neighbors, probably didn't slow down one iota, and had an accident. But the thing that sticks out in my mind about that incident was that he had a slice of chocolate cake in the front seat which was smashed in the accident when the passenger's seat flew forward on impact. That was back in the days when there were no seatbelts, no headrests, and no latches to secure seats; you just slung them forward and hopped on in! But I felt so sorry for my dad losing his cake, because we all know that homemade chocolate cake at the holidays is the best. Funny the details we remember.
Before the snow was even predicted this past week, I had made plans to travel with my bestie to her family's house in Blue Ridge for a couple of nights to take a breather and do a little Christmas shopping. Our trip was not affected however because, by the time we headed north, the roads were mostly clear. But that's not to say we didn't get to see some glorious scenery and, yes, a bit of snow in the pines. This is the first time I've ever had the privilege of being in Blue Ridge during Christmas time and it truly felt magical. What is it about snow that just seems to make the holidays more real? Here's where I think the magic we associate Christmas with comes from: THE MOVIES! You know I'm right! Every single Christmas movie ever recorded I think was filmed with tons of snow in the mountains or manufactured snow somewhere where it was 80 degrees on location. But we all know it's just not a Christmas movie without a huge snowfall being part of the story. And then if the characters get stranded in the snow, it's even more majestic. Because we all know that being stranded in the snow with the one you love has got to be the most romantic thing ever!
Even though it is pretty much unheard of in the south to celebrate a white Christmas, a girl can dream. We can dream of taking long hikes where our boots sink a foot into the ground and then heading back to an adorable Adirondack cabin for cocoa by the fire. We dream of a magic kiss under the mistletoe while Let it Snow plays softly in the background. We can dream of roasting marshmallows over the fire because it's too cold to go out. But then we realize we don't have any marshmallows and there is absolutely no way we can make it to the store in this nasty weather! That's when we southerners have to admit that a dusting of snow is about as magical as we want it to get. Stuck inside for days on end with no way to get out and possibly no electricity? Thanks, but no thanks. We'll leave that to our northern friends; they're used to maneuvering in snow boots and taking the subway everywhere and so many layers it's impossible to move. We'll just take our 70-degree Christmas Day, thank you very much. We'll turn down the heat, maybe even turn on the AC, and crank up the fireplace!
As the final days leading to Christmas are winding down, I hope that you are winding down as well. We are taking some much needed time off from the renovation project to enjoy family coming into town and the plethora of activities planned for the coming week. That's not to say that the hubs is staying completely away. He's promised to "just piddle" and complete small tasks because to ask him not to show up on the jobsite is like asking a kid not to go to a party. It's just not in his thinking. But things are coming along and we are looking forward to the beginning of a new year, where we'll put our work boots back on, take a deep invigorating breath of that crisp January air, and drive the renovation all the way to the finish line.
But not before we enjoy a cup of cocoa, watching Christmas movies and the beautiful snow scenes they're sure to include, and a kiss by the fire to welcome 2018.
Merry Christmas to all...May your blessings be many!
"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
- Norman Vincent Peale
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