Dreaming of a White Christmas That’s Not to Be…

December 11, 2009

Dear Minnesota Friends,

Please stop complaining about the snow on Facebook.  I do not feel sorry for you.  Yes, I know it’s cold and the hairs in your nose are freezing and that you’re sick of shoveling and your car got towed in the St. Paul Snow Emergency.  But that just gives you an extra excuse to treat yourself to Caribou and turn on the fireplace!

I can’t think of anything much better than a snow day – those were some of the most joyful days of the year – trapped in the house with nothing that you “need” to do….

I would pay some serious money for a white Christmas right about now.  In my perspective, you are the luckiest people on earth.  Who doesn’t love a nice fresh coat of snow for Christmas??  Take my word for it, Christmas just doesn’t feel the same when you’re sweating in a tank top.  So don’t expect me to give you any sympathy.  I would trade places with you in a heartbeat on Christmas day!  Another of the many things you have to be thankful for… just wanted to make sure you weren’t taking it for granted!

And P.S., I have yet to receive a single Christmas Card.  Please don’t forget about me – I’m starting to get a bit nervous.  Feel free to email if you need my address!

Big hugs,


And for my CSB/SJU readers, a little memory of the golden years!

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  1. Maza says:

    Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you – I am just very slow at getting my Christmas cards in the mail! Soon, soon. :)

  2. Caroline says:

    I live in the states and I’ve only gotten 2 Christmas cards so far. One of them was hand delivered. Before Thanksgiving.

    Also, I won’t complain about the snow. The inside of my nose IS freezing and it was really hard to ensure the garbage man would be able to access my trash can today, but in the end, I’m actually excited about Christmas shopping now. If I could logically ship you snow, I would. Because it’s important.

  3. Chris Coleman says:

    Very cool video – One of my most vivid memories is of my first Xmas overseas in the Foreign Service. We were in Bucharest, Romania – there was snow, but not much else as the Romanian people had no food, one 60 watt lightbulb per family, and often no heat. A few days before Xmas the Romanian Revolution erupted and all embassy family members were taken to the embassy to get ready to be evacuated by car convoy to Bulgaria. I was the CLO and helped with that evacuation. We drove through the little towns of Romania towards the border and were stopped along the way by Romanian men brandishing kalishnikov weapons and asking us why we were leaving and not staying to help them. We had to explain that alot of the people were staying at the embassy to help them and that just the family members were leaving. When we got to Sofia, Bulgaria the embassy there had prepared a Xmas dinner for us and presents for all the embassy kids – we all just stood there and cried – it was an amazing experience, and to date my most memorable Xmas. We were flown out the next day and most of us were with our stateside families by Xmas day. Hopefully you won’t have to go through any revolutions, but you will have many memorable holidays I’m sure. That first holiday away from your family is always the hardest. It will get better. Happy Holidays, Chris Coleman

  4. C says:

    Never fear, Sarah dear – I LOVE the snow! Wish there was more of it!!

  5. Liz says:

    Remember- my holiday cards don’t come out until mid-January- it’s a tradition now that I can’t break! =)

  6. minnesotagal says:

    I remember Liz – thanks!

  7. minnesotagal says:

    What an incredible story Chris. Thanks for sharing and reminding us that unique Xmas experiences will organically happen… :)

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