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Peach State says: I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas- Welcome to Georgia

Snowfall over night last year

This time last year we had snow on the ground and high were in the 30’s.  This year the high Christmas Day will be in the mid 50’s and the low will be about 35.  Welcome to Georgia!  Thunderstorms are expected today and tomorrow as we reach into the high 60’s.  So much for a “White Christmas”!

I sit here and look out my office window to see overcast skies with a breeze blowing through the trees.  It looks cold outside but wait…this is Georgia…it is pleasant and spring like.  I have grown up knowing, that when it comes to weather in the south, tornadoes do not have a set time or season and we can have snow and ice in the spring.  There have been memorable White Christmases here and they are beautiful.  But, between you and me and the front porch, they can cause more bad than good.  People here in the south think they can drive in it…Nope!  The power can flicker and go out…”What good is a dark Christmas Tree?”  At least you can use the deck for a refrigerator!  That is until the sun comes out.

I lived in Washington State for years and had the opportunity to be in the snow.

I love snow and watching it is mesmerizing.  The varied sizes of the falling flakes provide for hours of entertainment.  The tree branches bow in respect as the snowflakes land gently among them. The clean, white covering hides the brown landscape and bare trees.  The Georgia Pine is frosted with a glistening fluff  creating a splendid view that thrills my very soul.

Driving in snow is a exciting, skill based activity that should force you to turn around and go home.  I really admire those who live in the snowy areas and commute in these treacherous conditions.  Living in Georgia I realize my limitations and prepare for the possibility of  power failures and no emergency trips to the store.  I have to face the fact that there will be no White Christmas for me this year.

So…something more realistic maybe… “I know!”

I’m Dreaming of a Cold Christmas!  A girl can dream can’t she!

D.L.

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Peach State says . . . My favorite Christmas Movies

Such a silly question posed by someone who I thought knew me….

Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck  is among the top five.  She is a magazine executive that has been living a lie.  Her boss wants her to host  a War Hero, Dennis Morgan, for the holidays at her home in the country giving him the “Family Christmas” with all the trimmings.  I love Felix the chef in this movie.  I highly recommend this movie.

Bing Crosby holds two spots on the list. Holiday Inn and White Christmas. Although the song White Christmas is in both the stories are quite different.  Fred Astaire stars with Bing in Holiday Inn as riaffection the affection of a special young lady.  Danny Kaye is the sidekick in White Christmas that struggles to get the character played by Bing to fall in love for several reasons. Traditional Christmas scenes and songs fill these two movies.

Tim Allen makes the top 5 as Santa in “The Santa Clause”. This fresh spin to the story gives us a new reason to believe. The situations that arise with a step-parent and biological parent and the lengths they go through for the sake of a child.

The last place is a tie between two Hallmark movies. “The Christmas Visitor” and “The Christmas Card”. All I want to say about these two are watch them and let me know what you think.

The sad thing about this list is the fact that I typically have to watch them by myself.the rest of the family usually do not like to watch sappy holiday movies.  There is one movie that I did not put include on this list.  We actually watched it as a family last Christmas. “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Who does not love this movie.  So place the bell on the Christmas Tree and say the line “every time a bell rings an angel gets it’s wings”.