A Christmas conversation between Super Woman and herself

It’s Christmas Eve, Super Woman! Why in the world are you at the table blogging? Don’t you have a life? Holiday traditions? Family?

Funny you should ask, Super Woman. In fact I have no life. All my Christmas plans were thrwarted by my nemesis: Old Man Winter.

Eh?

Old Man Winter decided that the last week and a half would dump the most snowfall that this region has seen in 40 years.

Bwhahaha! We saw your pictures last week of the snow that canceled 3 days of school. Surely you jest that the measly one inch of accumulation conspired against your holidays?!

Okay, yes that was kind of a joke. Until you see the drivers around here. Then you’d know why everything was canceled.

But over the weekend, Old Man Winter dumped, and I mean dumped snow, snow, snow on us. We’re up to almost 2 feet of snow now.

Super Woman, be reasonable. You used to live in New England. This should be an easy foe for you.

But in New England, the plow had cleared the streets before I even woke at 5am.

Here, the county’s whopping 4 snow plows (!!) have all been exhausted on the freeways. Which were closed nonetheless. Our roads are all covered in 2 feet of snow and ice. And the law prohibits salt on the roads.

So, driving is tough. Why did that thwart your holiday plans?

Ah, because all my efforts to fly out of town to see my family were in vain. Canceled. Canceled. Canceled. Now I am stuck in town for Christmas. I’ve never been in town for Christmas and I don’t know what to do with myself.

Go out and live it up! Go shopping. Go out to eat. Visit friends.

2 feet of snow. No salt. I don’t know how to put the chains on my car.

Yesterday, the Super Family spent 3 hours trying to shovel our minuscule driveway and 1/2 of the world’s longest sidewalk. With a garden shovel. You know, because no one has a snow shovel around here. Why should we?

After de-icing the car for an hour last night, we drove a quarter mile to our friends’ home for dinner. It was our first time in a car in 5 days.

Surely you jest. You are Super Woman?

No jest. The kids are sledding in the street. Neighbors are skiing down the road. We’ve even spotted a snowmobile or two.

And we live in an urban area. Urban.

But when life gives you snow, make snow balls, right?

Exactly, last week (tiny accumulation) we made Frosty.

This week we’re sledding down the street and making snow cream.

I just learned the secret of this tasty dessert. The next time we have enough fresh snow for this treat may be 2012, so we’re making it daily.

Here is the tutorial that the Super Family made for you.

For every gallon of snow, add 1 cup of cream/half-and-half/milk, 1/2 cup sugar, and bit of vanilla.

Stir.

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas ?!

If anyone has any great Christmas Eve or day at-home traditions that we can try out, please pass them along. I’m at a loss!

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23 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    oh dear, you do have cabin fever, talking to yourself and all! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Enjoy the snow and take lots of pics of the kids in it! And then enjoy warmer climate when you get there

  2. I don’t think I have any traditions as we are always out visiting family on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If it were us stuck at home, I would have hubby make popcorn on the stove – it’s the best, read Christmas books and watch movies. But I’m thinking you have already done some of those. Hope the weather clears for you soon. Merry Christmas!

  3. I feel your pain, we finally went out for the first time in a week this morning. GLORIOUS.
    Home things we do
    Sleep out as a family by the Christmas tree, fall asleep looking at the lights.
    Board games till your fingers fall off
    puppet shows, kids put on for parents then vice versa
    Snow ball fights
    home made pizza everyone tops their own
    watch Christmas eve services on TV (the music from Crystal cathedral is incredible – the theology not quite so.)
    Paint in the snow (spray bottles filled with coloured water-use food colouring)
    Do a family photo shoot in the snow

    P.S. This Alberta girl will stop making fun of the west Coasters now, you really did get a dump of it.
    So sorry you are stuck at home!

  4. We make potato soup for dinner Christmas Eve (and go to church if it’s not canceled) and decorate cookies for Santa. ๐Ÿ™‚ More decorations end up on the floor, table, hands than on the cookies. But, it’s fun – so who cares! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Christmas day we open presents and then have store bought cinnamon rolls with eggs for breakfast. Hang out, and play for the rest of the day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Dude…totally answered your email before I read your post…
    Can’t believe I forgot you live here too!! Sorry.

    You must be just that little bit north from us…we got NO snow the last two days…haven’t seen a UPS driver either.

    I used to live in Minnesota and I scoffed at the piddly 2-3 inches of snow that literally closed this town down…until….I tried to go anywhere. Holy F’ing Crap! It is scary here!

    We are baking cooking for Santa, finishing gingerbread house decorations and finger painting the outsides of what will become (in a week or two) thank you cards (don’t tell)

    Sorry you are snowed in. i would come rescue you, but I’m afraid to drive in your weather!

  6. I’m sorry to hear about the snow. We too have been snowed in with our plans to visit family canceled. We are used to having snow, but not this much. Perhaps it is because I now live in a rural area. In the city, so I’ve heard, is running fine.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. I’m so sorry to hear you & the family are snowbound. We haven’t had that happen since a big ol’ ice storm in 1982 when they ran out of salt. I’m in Missouri – we definitely salt these roads!

    Try to enjoy your white Christmas at home. If you need a variation on your snowcream, try adding some cocoa or chocolate syrup (adjust the sugar as needed) for a nice chocolate flavor.

    Merry Christmas!

  8. My nephew is stuck in Portland and can’t get out to get home. Sigh.

    It sounds like you’re making the best of it. I’d definitely bake and maybe order movies online.

  9. Sorry about the snow. Since we moved from extended family – we have a nice dinner at home with the kids, make snacks and watch a couple of movies and laugh.

    I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

    When you get a chance stop by for my book giveaway.

  10. 2 feet of snow! WOW! That is a lot. I wish the merriest of days and hope you and your family can make do. One more thing, why is salt not allowed and what state do you live in?

  11. It has been wacky around here though I’m not quite at talking to myself…Locking myself in a room away from my family? Yes.

    Everyone’s suggestions are very good ones. All I have to offer is coloring – my daughter & I love to color, and snowy days are the best time to do it.

    Best of luck*Merry Christmas

  12. Our only real tradition for Xmas Eve is opening one present which magically happens to be new pj’s for everyone. (Alas, that would probably involve getting to a store to buy some, sorry!)

    You just visited my blog so you’ve seen that we are burying ourselves in arts & crafts. And videos. And YouTube videos on the computer. And snacks. And watching the clock.

    Time will move faster tomorrow, I promise! Have a great Christmas!

  13. Funny, funny! I love snow…when I have no where to go! lol!

    Merry Christmas!

  14. OH – you poor dears! NO FUN!! Lots of salt here – but we only have 12 inches of snow so far! Happy Holidays girlie!!

  15. Ah, the memories of sledding in the street when we were little! Sadly they keep them plowed too well to do that now.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  16. hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m gonna try snow cream first thing tomorrow morning. ๐Ÿ™‚
    P.S. Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to eat snow? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Merry Christmas!

  17. My daughter in your area was well ahead of the game. She had not only 4-wheel drive and chains, but also a snow shovel. She also has one dozen packages that were not delivered, though.

    Here in the south central part of the state we had less snow than you and far less than our son in Spokane. There they have had roughly the winter’s norm fall in the last week.

    Our tradition is to visit our kids in Arizona for Thanksgiving, our kids in Seattle for Christmas, and our kids in Spokane for New Year’s. This year, two out of three ain’t bad. Or, depending on the next storm, one out of three might very well be just fine.

  18. Sorry to hear that your Christmas plans were changed. Sometimes the expected turns out to be extra special…hope that is what happened to your family this year. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2009!

  19. I thought of you while I was away. I suspected you might not have made it out. My MIL experienced the same. So sorry to hear your news. ๐Ÿ™ Did y’all manage to have a nice Christmas anyway?

  20. Oh why oh why did I not read this earlier? Snow cream sounds so very yummy.

    When I first moved to Seattle it would drive me absolutely bonkers that things would get canceled over a few inches of snow but it makes a difference when the city isn’t prepared for it (plus the ice here is crazy dangerous).

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