Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dashing through the snow...

No, it certainly isn't snowing here! As a matter of fact, it made it up to 70 degrees today. Tomorrow should be mid-70's, and near 80 degrees on Christmas day. I guess the only way to have a "white Christmas", would either travel north (NOT!) or head to the beach, and sit among the white sandy shores.

It's hard to believe it's so warm today, and will be even warmer again tomorrow and the next day. Yesterday, my neighbor and I, accompanied by my mother in law, took our children and my niece Caitlyn around our block, letting them sing Christmas carols. Of course, it was VERY cold, and windy last night, when we went. I wore a t-shirt, hooded sweatshirt, and fleece lined coat, with gloves.. and was cold! It might have been 40 degrees! Brr! Ha! People up north would say, "You sissies!" Yep, that's us! Warm weather sissies. Our other two neighbor families were regretfully not able to join us as caroled, all suffering from scratchy, sore throats, or fevers and germs! We let them remained locked up in their homes, keeping their holiday viruses all to themselves. So, we had 4 children, only one of which could read. We stuck with 3 holiday songs... "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and Jingle Bells. Hanna had to throw in Jolly Old St. Nicholas, every now and then, since she knew it from her school program. They knocked on every door, sang our neighbors a holiday song, wished them a Merry Christmas, and held out a Snowman holiday bag, filled with peppermint candies. Each time, asking our neighbors to please help themselves. It's amazing how just giving a small piece of candy to a neighbor you've never spoken to, can make such a strong impression. Some neighbors returned the favor, with candy canes, and one neighbor even tossed in a $5 bill! I think I'll suggest the kids put it in the "plate" at church, given that they received it spreading CHRISTmas joy!

1 comment:

Kim Lahaie Day said...

Oh Suzanne,

I loved this posting! Glad to hear you got some wear out of your winter coats and gloves! You have no idea, NO IDEA, how cold it is here, and snowy. 80 degrees on the 25th sounds perfect to me!