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Dreaming of a White Christmas

Posted by on December 6, 2013

As mentioned last week, the authors at HopeSprings Books are celebrating Advent with some mini-giveaways. Today, I’ll be giving away a copy of my tween novel, Hear No Evil. And just in case you’re thinking you don’t have any use for a tween novel, I’ve had several adults tell me the story pulled them in and kept them reading to the very end. But first, I wanted to share a fun story that proved to me God has a sense of humor.

snowypineI grew up in Wisconsin where white Christmases were pretty common. But for most of my adult life, I’ve lived in southeast Texas. I really miss snowy Christmases. Down here, we’re lucky to see snow anytime during the winter months. But a couple years ago, we got real lucky.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2004, our pastor made an important announcement. While talking about worship plans for the Christmas season, he encouraged everyone to plan on being present for the Christmas eve services. “You won’t want to miss it this year,” he said, “because I promise we will have snow for Christmas. I guarantee it.”

Well, on Christmas eve, the snow machines had been rented and put in place. But that year, Christmas eve blew in on a cold front and that afternoon, the weatherman actually predicted snow flurries. My son and I were out running errands and kept an eye out for the first snowflake. Was that it? Or was it only a cinder from someone’s fireplace, caught up in the wind?

Shortly after we got home, real snow started falling. Neighbors came out of their houses and danced around in the falling flakes. My older son was driving home from out of town with some friends. The car barely stopped in front of the house before the four of them jumped out, faces raised to the sky with looks of wonder and joy. One pulled out his video camera and started filming the event. Another pulled out his cell phone to call a friend.

The ground was still warm enough to keep the snow from accumulating. But the snow was still falling that evening when we went to Christmas eve services. Even when we came out after the service, it was still snowing! Real snow! We laughed about our pastor’s guarantee of snow for Christmas eve, and joked about elevating him to prophet status. Like children wanting to stay up to see Santa, we all put off going to bed as long as possible, because the snow was continuing to fall. By morning, there was close to an inch accumulation on the rooftops and along the street gutters. It was the first white Christmas in recorded history for Houston.

That Christmas eve stands out in my memory, not just because of the snow. But because it always reminds me that God has a great sense of humor. I’m sure He laughed even more than we did as He watched us celebrate the birth of his Son. . .with snow.

Okay, now for the giveaways. To win a copy of Hear No Evil, leave a comment and tell me what would be your favorite thing to do in the snow. Would you make a snowman? Or snow angels? Have a snowball fight? Go skiing? Or would you rather be inside snuggled under a blanket next to a blazing fire with a cup of hot chocolate? I’ll announce the winner right here next Friday, December 13th.

Next, be sure to enter our  Rafflecopter giveaway for a free Kindle. And check back here on Monday for a link to our next Advent giveaway!


P.S. Before you leave, enjoy one of my favorite Christmas songs about white Christmases in Houston.

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32 Responses to Dreaming of a White Christmas

  1. Susan

    I’m from the north east but live in Houston now also and I do miss the occasional snow ball fight. Snow is beautiful but I hate cold weather.

    • Mary Hamilton

      I’ve enjoyed having it cold for the holiday season, but after about a month, it gets old for me. I don’t like having to walk the dog on cold mornings.

  2. Litany L

    My favorite thing to do in the snow is make snow angels with my sister even now that were are both in our 20’s and in school we always find tiem to bond during the holidays through that.

    • Mary Hamilton

      What a fun way to bond. My brother in MN always texts me when they get their first snow. Not sure if he’s sharing the moment or trying to make me jealous.;-)

  3. whispersfrommyheart

    When I was younger I would have been outside,. but now that I’m older, I like to look at snow from inside! Love snow, don’t really love the cold anymore.

  4. Roxanne Thompson

    Making snowmen and going inside and cuddling under a blanket in front of a roaring fire!!

  5. Rhonda Gayle Nash-Hall

    make a snowman and sled and then come in for hot cocoa with marshmallows!!! love love love snow! Rhonda

  6. Cynthia A. Lovely

    I would bundle up for a nice walk in the snow, take my camera for some wintry photos and return home to a good hot cup of tea with honey.

  7. Maxie Lloyd-Hamilton Anderson

    I always thought White Christmases were so pretty. I remember coming out of Krogers here near Houston on Christmas Eve, and it was after dark and the snow was really coming down. With the Parking lot’s lights all lit up, it made the snow sparkle and had to just stand there for a bit and enjoy the scene. The next morning the porch and car was covered and so pretty. Did get some pictures. But it soon disappeared. We did have some snow since then but never stuck to the ground. Just a little on the car and porch. Back in 1959 we lived in Baytown and it snowed. My youngest was about 18 mos. old. The other two were like 7 and 9. They got coats on and held the baby’s hands and went outside for a little while. I have a picture of them on the white porch. But, later we lived 6 years and never had to want for snow. It snowed every day, just a matter of a little or a lot. My girls learned to ski and drive a Snowmobile.Back through the years we lived in the Texas Panhandle are and had lots of snow. But now I’m much, much older and tho I love to see it, I’d not be outside but a bit, then back where it is warm. Thanks for the give-away. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

    • Maxie Lloyd-Hamilton Anderson

      I left out some words. We lived the 6 years in Jackson Hole, WY. And meant Texas Panhandle area. I went to school there before marrying. And right now it is really bad in Amarillo, TX. Maxie

      • Mary Hamilton

        I’ve heard you’ve had some bad weather up that way. Snow that falls nice and soft is beautiful and great fun. But like any kind of weather, it can also have a nasty side to it. Thanks for commenting!

  8. cheriswalwell

    I either like being outside sledding with my family or snuggled up with a fire and a great book and a blanket.

    Thank you for this opportunity.

    in Him,

    Cheri 🙂

  9. Jamie Adams

    My children love to play in the snow. I just watch and heat up the hot chocolate.

  10. Anonymous

    We used to take walks in the snow on Christmas Eve night with our kids. They’ll both be home this year, so I’m praying for snow in order to revive the tradition!

  11. Melanie

    I love snow. 🙂 Snowball fights are fun, but I prefer to just look at the snow and stay inside where it’s warm. 🙂

  12. Anonymous

    I would love to cross country ski in it like I did over 30 years ago.

  13. Nadine

    Ooh, I love snow! I used to make snow caves with my siblings in the drifts every winter. Now, it’s either snowing too little or I’ve just grown up so “caves” are a bigger deal. But I’d love to find a nice drift, get all my adult siblings back together, and relive those experiences. 🙂 We’d fill the caves with candles, of course. 🙂

  14. lynellenperry

    I used to love downhill skiing. Now, I would enjoy reading a good book in front of a fireplace.

I welcome your thoughts on this.