Here in Ohio, we definitely get our fair share of snow during the winter months. While the first few snowfalls hold special charm and excitement, as the season wears on, snow (and its sidekick, ice) are the source of more grumbling than ooh's and aah's. That's why we love this memory...it reminds us how magical snowfalls can really be!
Originally published in our book, Christmas with Family & Friends, it was shared with us by Hope Davenport of Portland, Texas. Thanks for sending it, Hope...your story really warmed our hearts.
Our Christmas Miracle
My husband, our three children and I will never forget the Christmas of 2004. We live in South Texas, and the children and I had never seen snow. This particular Christmas Eve, our families were gathered at my parents’ home when a report of snow flurries was heard on the news. We went outside and were very excited...especially since it hadn’t snowed here in 75 years. The kids and I forgot all about the presents and spent most of the night outside taking pictures and video of the snow! We had so much fun, but assumed that the little specks falling from the sky were as much as we could expect in South Texas. We never dreamed we would awake to a snow-covered town on Christmas morning. It must have snowed all night because when we woke up the town was covered with 3 to 4 inches of snow. It was so beautiful and I finally understood what people mean when they say how quiet it is after a snowfall. Now, around here, we can usually wear shorts on Christmas day, so this was quite a change. We had no mittens and were not at all prepared for this surprise! We had to use socks and oven mitts to keep our hands warm during snowball fights and while making snow angels and snowmen. The snow slowly melted that day, but not before we had hours of fun and made many wonderful memories. To have snow in South Texas was an amazing thing to see, but for it to actually happen on Christmas Eve and wake up to a beautiful white Christmas, it felt like a miracle.