Monday, December 25, 2017

White Christmas

   Today is Christmas Day and it was truly a white one. Since I took the photo of our deck we have had much more. Right now the sun is out but the next wave of storms is heading our way.
   I recall as a younster living in this area snow was very common during Christmas time. And my brother and I loved the holidays for that snow. It was always exciting. We had a choice of tobogganing in the Glen Manor Ravine or at Kew Beach Park. The ravine was steeper and gave a better thrill. We went mostly there and were glad our parents were home. They might have seen dangers and taken away our favorite spot.
   We also had the option of heading to the outdoor rink in the Kew Beach Park . The ice would be cleared throughout the cold spells by local guys. During the recreational skate time music would be piped out from somewhere. At evening it would be lit. And being so close to Lake Ontatio we could often hear waves crashing onto icy rocks. The air always had a fresh smell that we craved and loved. Playing out in the snow gave us cold hands and toes at times but the freedom to play for hours without parents kept us on the move outdoors until we were hungry. We knew to head home for a nice hot soup. And as we entered our tiny apartment it seems we always got complimented on our rosy cheeks. It was a happy time.

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  1. i enjoyed your fond memories of days gone by.. my friend that is down here for the winter said up state new York is getting a blizzard, hope it is not blasting you to

  2. I always love your reminiscences of times past. We all have them, and it's so lovely to hear of others and how they enjoyed the holidays as children. I wish we were close enough to have a cup of tea together, but a virtual cup will have to do. Merry Christmas to you and a special hug to Buddy. :-)

  3. Ah yes, those happy days of childhood. Mine were quite similar to yours. Playing outdoors for hours with my brothers, sliding down great snow hills or skating over ice - all without parental supervision. Our days were carefree!

    I remember well those cold toes and warming them by the heater in the kitchen. Placing frozen mittens on the hot water pipe downstairs so they'd be dry and warm next time I went out to play.

    I hope you had a nice Christmas Heidi. Lots of snow here as well - but that's to be expected!
    Warm hugs

  4. Dear Heidrun, thank you so much for sharing these happy memories. I bet the sledging and skiing filled you and your brother with glee! so much fun and parents not there to see the risks you took! I did the same as a child and so I truly understand the delight of that.

    We used to have Christmas snow in Missouri also, but no longer due, I think, to the change in climate. We are now having a cold snap that is rare for western Missouri--nothing like it since 1979.

    Please give Buddy a new year's hug for me. He is such a fine young man. And you a wonderful mother.
    And thank you again for sharing such delightful memories. Peace in this new year.

  5. I've heard you guys are getting a very cold winter though I think you had a late one. I do hope you are keeping warm enough. Snow is nice to look at. Of course when you're a child, it's fun to play in too.

    I hope you, Buddy and your husband are enjoying the new year. All the best in 2018!