Posted December 20th, 2016, 03:45 PM
I have a several holiday memories that stand out but there is one special memory I have from Christmas 1983. And no, it doesn't involve cruising and at the time, the only thing I knew about cruising was "The Love Boat". I didn't watch that all the time, but I have seen several episodes.
This was on Friday, a day before Christmas Eve, and I was in high school and living in southwestern PA. Even though it gets cold there, a "white Christmas" is never a guarantee. For some reason, we were off school that day but it may have been our first day of Christmas break. I was hanging out with two good friends of mine (sisters) who grew up in the state of Mississippi who had moved in two years prior. That day was overcast but in the high 30's/low 40's. One of them asked if I thought it was cold enough to snow and mentioned it would be nice to have snow for Christmas. I told them it wasn't looking like it. We went over to their brother's to visit with him/his family and when we left, it had gotten colder and it looked darker since the clouds seemed to be heavier/lower. It was still a good hour before sunset.
When we got back to their house, I was helping them wrap gifts when their mother yelled up to us to "look out the window...it's snowing!!!". These were great big flakes and it was coming down. Their parents were going out but I was welcome to stay, so I did. I was planning on only staying for an hour but we lost track of time watching the snow and finishing the wrapping and then my mom called (on their home phone...this was before smart phones) and she was livid...I was late for dinner!
My friends drove me home since lived about a quarter mile down the road and by that time, there was already a couple of inches on the ground. When I got in the door, I caught h***, but for some reason I felt giddy inside. My mom was yelling at me for being late and giving me extra chores to do for the next day (Christmas Eve), but I didn't care. We were going to have a "white Christmas" that year and my friends were finally going to experience it AND I got to experience it WITH them and that was special. I lived in CA my first 10 years and there were no "white Christmases" where we lived out there. I remember how much I wanted one and how happy I was when I finally got one after moving to PA.