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’.
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.