Who wants a white Christmas?

I’m taking part in 30 Days of Writing, started by Nicky and Mike of We Work For Cheese. For a list of who’s taking part just visit their blog and check the list of links at the bottom.  Today’s prompt is ‘Worst Christmas ever’.

Christmas 2010

Though we had a lovely Christmas, as usual, many people didn’t that year.

Snow

We know, as the song says, we dream of a white Christmas, but do we realise what it would mean?

Well, we got our white Christmas. It was a really bad winter. Weeks of snow, ice and below freezing temperatures, leading up to Christmas, which brought us almost to a standstill.

So many Christmases were spoiled. Airports closed twice in that time and people who were  packed and ready to fly to be with family had to cancel their Christmas.  My relatives included.  Tears were shed by mothers who were looking forward to spending Christmas with their children. Much food was wasted. Many gifts have been held up in the delivery system and although they were working flat out, not everything was delivered before Christmas.

Many people lost the ‘Christmas spirit’ due to the problems that the weather brought. Shopping centres were void of shoppers. Christmas Fairs were cancelled. Trade was seriously down. People didn’t decorated their houses that year. It was too cold, at temperatures of anything down to -19 degrees!  I actually found solid ice on the inside of my bedroom window that had formed overnight, something I hadn’t seen since I was a child, and before the days of central heating.  And just to add to their already problematic Christmas, my oldest sister’s boiler went down, so they had no heating or hot water.  We rallied around so they had a form of heating in their three main rooms, but they still had no hot water for showers.

So when you sing that old favourite “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” think about what it can bring along with it.  For many it was their worst Christmas ever.

  • That sounds horrible. We had a really bad ice storm one year that knocked out power all over our state. My brother had no electricity for over 2 weeks.

    • 2 weeks without electricity!! That must have been awful!

  • Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t take time off during the holidays! That does sound like a very depressing Christmas. I hope 2011 was better…

    • Thankfully, it didn’t spoil our Christmas, because we always spend it at home anyway. It was very unusual for us, but who knows what the weather is doing any more?

  • I’m glad you were able to help your sister out. It’s no fun when you have no heat in the winter. We’ve had ice storms that took out the power for several days.

    We had a lovely white Christmas that year, that was one of several snows. It was cold, but not nearly so cold as you guys. We also only had about 6 inches, and in the South that doesn’t last all that long.

    • It was the worst weather I can remember having in the UK, but I still like snow 😉

  • Ron

    Even though I adore winter and snow, you’re right, Babs. It can bring a lovely ‘visual’ to the holiday season, but also hinder it with travel plans and such.

    But I’m glad you to hear that it didn’t spoil your Christmas that year!

    Have a great Monday, my friend!

    X

    P.S. love the photo of the snow!

    • We were at each other’s blog at the same time 🙂

      We always stay home at Christmas, aside from family that live within walking distance, so thankfully, transport doesn’t bother us.

  • nonamedufus

    You know I much prefer summer to winter. Why don’t we celebrate Christmas in July? That’d work for me.

    • The way things are going here, Christmas in July will be Christmas with wind, rain and floods! We haven’t had any summer yet.

  • Snow can be beautiful but so deadly! I’ve never lived in the snow and I’m sure at my age now, I wouldn’t enjoy it.

    • I still love to see it, and don’t mind walking in it when it’s fresh, but without the proper soles on your shoes, it is deadly.

  • I tend to forget the damage weather like that can cause. I’m usually one of the people routing, hoping, and praying for a White Christmas. Mostly so I can watch my “No Garbage Neighbor” dig out his car with a yellow dustpan,

    • It can be such fun, I must admit and I still love it. As you get older, though, it gets to be a little unnerving walking about when it turns to ice.

  • Comedy Plus

    I’ve never wished for a white Christmas. Never. Snow is pretty, but I’m not going to live in snow country. No way.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

    • I actually do like winter. I love walking in the cold, crisp air, as long as I can come home to a lovely warm home 😉

  • White Christmases are overrated. The ground and trees look beautiful until you get in your car.

    • No good for travelling, I must admit, but I still love to see it 😉

  • Oh WOW. I will NOT sing that song, EVER!

    • That was an awful year, but I still like to see the snow. Just not so much for so long 😉

  • PJHar

    It’s sad to hear because, around me, we’re used to those types of situations. One Christmas a few years ago, we got two feet of snow overnight. Crazy.

    • I am always amazed by the amount of snow in parts of America and Canada. We’re just no geared for it here.

  • I think that a little snow at Christmas would enhance the holiday “feel” but certainly not the amount you describe. We hardly ever had snow at Christmas time in Kansas City. The cold, -19 and the boiler going out does absolutely make it the most miserable Christmas that coud ever be.

    • As far as I can remember, the last time we had snow and ice like that was back in the early sixties, but I can’t remember when we had snow at Christmas 🙂