That Magical White Stuff

This year it’s been a bit hard to get into that Christmas spirit and the holiday groove. One reason for me: No snow.

Finally, this morning the kids and I anxiously opened up the curtains to find a winter wonderland. Reminded me of the moment Ralphie saw snow in the movie A Christmas Story.

Pure Magic.

Lucy's wrong, it's the Just-Before-Christmas snowflakes that taste best.

That's me in the middle, enjoying the snow at 8 years old

Thank you to all of the readers and bloggers out there for sharing your world with me and for visiting mine. I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and the most Joyous of New Year!

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68 thoughts on “That Magical White Stuff

  1. These pictures are wonderful, Darla! So happy to hear you have the Christmas snow. I love seeing the joy in your kids, too, as they enjoy the wonderful white stuff. The ornament with you in the snow is priceless. Good stuff here, Darla. Good stuff indeed! Merry Christmas, my blogging buddy!

  2. The pictures are lovely – that winter wonderful is beautiful and the pure bliss on your kids’ faces is wonderful to see! The pictures and especially their happy faces made me smile! We haven’t gotten any snow here in Connecticut, so unfortunately no white christmas for us this year, but it’s still my favorite time! 🙂 I hope you and your family have a very merry (and white!) christmas and a fantastic new year!

    1. I wish I had more moments of pure bliss, Dounia. I am going to try my hardest this year! I need to learn from my kids and let things go.

      I am shocked Conn. has no snow. We’re only getting two inches here today but I will take it for now. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. Kim

    A photo essay! LOVE them! And I’m also jealous–we’ll have an 80 degree Christmas again this year. It bums me out beyond belief. For me, snow doesn’t make Christmas . . . a high of 70 or lower does! hahaha! Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!

  4. I love the picture of your son catching snowflakes and so love the one of your daughter with her eyes closed, perhaps capturing this moment forever. Merry Christmas to all the Maineiacs who live in your house and next door. 🙂
    Re-read your “Death By Lack of Chocolate”…brilliant.

    1. Those were my favorite pictures too. My son’s pics were all blurry for a reason, he’s always in perpetual motion!

      Glad you enjoyed the pics, Georgette. And we certainly are a bunch of Maineiacs up here…I suppose it’s our coping mechanism dealing with such long winters?

      Thanks for the comment about the chocolate post. It was one of my favorites to write, that’s for sure.

      Merry Christmas to you!

    1. Christy, I just got back in from shoveling our entire driveway. Why, oh why did I do it? My back is killing me now! It’s heavy, wet…but the kids love it because it makes great snowballs and snowmen. My daughter was so cute, she finished putting the scarf on the snowman, then she kissed him and said, “Great. Done. So when is he coming alive, Mom?” 😀

  5. Thank you for your words, your lovely words. And thanks for the snow photos! We are looking a a green frosty lawn today. Little Man is hoping for snow… we’ll see. Have a wonderful Christmas as well.

  6. Love the photo of the white snow covering the pine trees, and your daughter in that pink coat against the all-white background.Its so warming to see your kids freezing! Although your son appears to be out there in his PJ’s?

    Also, the new header pic is great. Good Job! And, Merry Christmas. (I am hoping for summa dat white stuff down here, further south in the Philly/NJ/NY tri-state area)

    1. Spectra, my son ran outside on the deck as soon as he saw the snow this morning. After I snapped the picture I told him to go put on a coat in my best Mom Voice. That boy would roll around in the snow in his underwear if I’d let him. But to be fair, it was Pajama Day at school today so…

      Thank you, that header pic I took was photoshopped by a friend of mine, she took out all the ugly telephone wires to give me a perfect sunset shot of my backyard.

      I hope you get some of the white stuff down south…I thought a nor’eastah was heading your way, ayuh?

  7. great pics!
    I am so jealous of your snow – we’ve been having the same problems getting into the spirit, and definitely because of the lack of snow. Here, it’s more like mid-april than december in temperatures right now… and I’m in Canada! it’s supposed to be winter!
    Merry christmas, happy holidays!

    1. See, Canada is supposed to have snow! What is really weird, Lexy, is that we had WARM temps just yesterday–it was in the high 50s. We wore no jackets, it was like spring. Very odd for Maine this time of year.

      So today, while we were sledding, my daughter started shrieking “I SEE A BUG! A BUG! AHHH!” I laughed, then looked down to see a huge spider on top of the snow. Then a bunch of other bugs and spiders. What the heck?! What a weird winter we’re having already. I fear Maine might turn into Florida soon…

  8. John Erickson

    I am so jealous! We are on track to set TWO records – the wettest December on record, and the driest (for snow) on record. Today’s our coldest day for a week, and we’re still just shy of 40. Pooh! 😉
    The most joyous and merriest of Christmases to you and yours!

    1. Pooh, is right! We just had the warmest November on record. Yesterday we hit the high 50s. It felt like spring. The snow we got today is almost melted. What is the world coming to?! Could Al Gore be right? Merry Christmas to you and your family, John!

  9. Love the kid and cattail pictures especially. Here in Northern California, if we don’t have foggy weather, I find it hard to believe it’s Christmas. Today I had to worry about the turkey getting too hot in the car while I finished errands, but between pumpkin pie and nog, I’ll manage somehow! Enjoy your snow and your Christmas.

  10. I envy you guys, we rarely have a not-white Christmas here, but this year its looking pretty bleak… supposed to be 40’s and sunny on Sunday. 😦 I agree it does make it hard to get in the mood. Love the pics, reminds me of my four years in Maine, I loved the winters. Of course winters there are very similar to winters here in Michigan, long and cold! Merry Christmas, hope you have a wonderful time with your family!!

    1. That is very weird you guys aren’t having a white Christmas either. What is going on?? Maine and Michigan are supposed to have long, cold, snowy, drawn-out winters that last forever! Hope you and your family had a great holiday.

  11. WOW, Darla! What gorgeous pictures! (Oh and I also love the way the ‘She’s a Maineiac’ text on your banner now looks like it’s written on the snow.)

    I’m so so happy to have ‘met you’ this year, and hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas! 🙂

  12. Darla, your pictures are priceless! Now that we’re in California (Sacramento) we haven’t really seen snow for the past 13 years. I miss it in my mind, but not in my body. It’s just SO cold.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

  13. Just beautiful! Kids and snow! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s, Darla!

    P.S. Before you even mentioned it, I was totally thinking of A Christmas Story (waking up with the trees covered in snow) when I read your first part of this! It is really magical.

  14. Just three or four days ago, the weather reports completely dismissed the possibility of a white Christmas. That’s when I knew we’d get snow, and sure enough, we woke up to eight inches of it on Saturday morning.

    I love the pictures, Darla, especially the ones of your smiling kids. Your blog is always a great place to visit. I hope you’re having a beautiful day, and that the new year will be everything you want it to be.

    1. Leave it to the weather forecasts to always get it wrong, Charles! I’ve decided that whatever they predict, I go with the opposite just to be safe. Must be the pessimist in me. My kids would love to have 8 inches of snow at this point. We only have about half an inch on the ground today and it’s mostly a sheet of ice. Treacherous to walk to get the mail.

      I had a beautiful day and a fun Christmas spent with my kids and my brothers. We all went sledding (even my oldest brothers) it was like the old days. I hope you and your family had a beautiful holiday as well!

  15. Excellent photos! I especially like the second to last shot, the one of the trees. I am the only one in my family that is happy we don’t have snow yet. BTW, are those Lego Star Wars pajamas on your boy? Because if so, my boy is wearing the exact same pajamas right now. I mean, his own pair.

  16. JM, those trees are across the street and always look stunning when we get that first snowfall. I end up taking pictures of them every year. And yes, those are Lego pj’s! The boy LIVES in them. He wore them to school that day for pajama day.

    1. Thanks, Paul. I hope you and your family had a great vacation and the boys didn’t spend it watching TV by the hotel pool. I think I would take Bali over a white Christmas right now. But it was all good. We had a blast sledding because it was a sheet of ice. I think I smelled smoke coming from my sled as I zipped down the hill.

  17. Great photos Darla. You’ve captured your kids unconsciously enjoying themselves which isn’t easy to capture because kids move so fast. Love the one of your son in a tee-shirt opening his mouth for the snow flake and the one of your daughter with her eyes closed.

    I’m glad Spectra mentioned your new header photo. I thought it was different.
    It’s a magical photo.

    Am I permitted to send Merry Christmas greetings a few days late?

    1. Thank you so much, Rosie. I love to snap pictures and usually end up with about 100 so I can sift through and find the perfect shots then delete the rest. Seeing their excitement about the snow was magical. I am lucky we live next to a farm with hills because we get the most gorgeous sunsets all the time in my backyard. The one in the header was my favorite.

      And I hope you and your family had a wonderful and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  18. Hi, Darla,

    I’m finally getting a chance to read my blogs and catch up from being gone for Christmas and also on my vacation from work. These pictures are wonderful! Maycee has been wanting snow here since December hit. We’ve had frost on the ground many days, but as Christmas approached, in typical So. Cal tradition, it warmed up to the mid-70’s and into the low 80’s! I can remember feeling like my daughter, though, growing up. Feeling slighted because we didn’t have a snowy Christmas-EVER. But, now, in my wise old age (chuckle) I have to say I was beaming ear to ear as I drove down south to see my family and saw para-sailors out on the ocean just having a ball. Southern Cali Christmas-it’s a different sense of apprecation! Hope your Christmas was fabulous!!

    1. Thank you! I can imagine it takes some getting used to being in a warm place for Christmas. I’m glad I took all of these pictures of snow because now we have none again, it’s green grass. Today, we’re getting ice no snow again. Although, next week the high will be in the single digits so I’ll be wishing I was living in Florida by then!

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