December 29, 2010

Carolina Christmas Card

      There are trees everywhere you look in Carolina and they make a snowfall even more beautiful .

By Chicago standards it wasn't even newsworthy, but it happened in North Carolina so it was a rare event.  A white Christmas.  Neighboring South Carolina had its first white Christmas ever and Georgia its first since 1881. 

I went South seeking a little respite from Chicago's early cold winter and instead I got a little of the same.  I think it may have followed me .

My first Christmas away from home and my little grand daughter Lea and her Mom and Dad's first in their new home.   We had a wonderful Christmas dinner together and was snowbound for a few days.  Snowfalls can cause a lot of accidents and death due to black ice that forms on the roads during the freeze/thaw cycle.

    We felt lucky as we watched the news of a horrendous blizzard with snow up to 30 inches in some places on the East Coast.  Stranded passengers heading to Boston, New York and other points East spent Christmas in the airport.

North Carolina is having an unusual cold spell and the weatherman always calls 40 "chilly ".  I never thought I'd think of 40 as warm but after spending many cold winters in Chicago I do now.  As we flew home we heard the forecast for Friday :   Chilly in the morning  ( 40 ) with a high of 65.  Sigh.  Unlike Chicago,  snow is but a fleeting memory .


  1. Lovely snowscapes Carolyn. It sounds like you had a sweet Christmas with your children. I hope you are continuing to enjoy this Holiday Season. Wishing you many blessings in the New Year.

  2. Carolyn, I have a friend in South Carolina and she said they just got a dusting and it was gone the next day.

    Glad you had such a good time with your family.


  3. A beautiful collage, Carolyn Gail! If I hadn't read your post, I would have thought these photos had been taken in Chicago. I do feel badly for those in the South who've had such unusual weather; at least here in the Midwest we're prepared for it with snowplows and salt for the roads. I remember the year we went to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, and a light dusting of snow the morning we left created hazardous roads, because they simply weren't prepared for such weather.

    I didn't have time before Christmas to read your post with the Capote story, but I have read it before. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of my favorite books, and I remember seeing Capote on TV once and imagining him as a young Dill:)

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Carolyn; best wishes for the New Year!

  4. Alas for the cold and snow, although it's very beautiful. Hope it didn't hurt anything in the area you were visiting, and that you got a little warmth to combat (prevent?) the epatoozies...Happy New Year to you...

  5. We were in South Carolina for Christmas this year and got to see some of the white stuff. I took some pictures and did a post about them, too. Since I live in Texas I wasn't sure if we would get to see any snow this year, so I thought I'd take advantage of the pretty scenery :-) It was fun playing in the snow with my grandsons, too! Took me back to my childhood in Wisconsin, where we had plenty of the white stuff!!

  6. Go Carolina! In Greenville, SC, we'd had our first white Christmas in 47 years (so for me, my first ever). I'm not sure about the lower part of the state. Very beautiful photos!


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