Monday, 11 December 2017

The 10th Day of Christmas - Snow!

The 10th Day of Christmas - Snow!

On the 10th day of Christmas the snow arrived, we had been hoping and wishing that it would. It's been a long time since we have had any real kind of significant snowfall. Leo was looking out of the window and asking me 'Is the ground going to fill up now Mummy' with a real hope in his eyes, so when we awoke on Sunday morning to find a blanket of the white stuff, we knew that we were in for one hell of a snow day.

We awake early, it was still dark outside and the snow continued to fall out of the sky that was still full of powdery magic. Admittedly I was as excited as Leo, if not only because it was the first time that Leo would actually remember seeing snow, and of course be able to have a real play (not to mention for the first time since 2010 the snow had arrived on the right side of Christmas!).

Snow had only ever arrived once in Leo's 6 years of life, and at 18 months old he can't really draw on the memories. So the great snow of 2017 is what Leo will remember as his very first experience with snow, and it was the day that we all got outside (the dog included!) to build snowmen and make the most of the snow day.

We wrapped up warm, slipped on our waterproof trousers, Leo dusted off his snow jacket and I snuggled into my luxury David Nieper coat. When we were all ready for the freezing temperatures that had arrived just outside our front door, we traipsed out into what can only be described as Narnia. 

The 10th Day of Christmas - Snow!

The snow falling in December instantly put you into a festive mood, it felt like Winter and Christmas had both arrived at the exact moment that the first flakes started to fall. Being the big kid that I am, I was the first person to start rolling the snowball that formed the basis of our rather large snowman Bert, and subsequently Bernie his little brother. I would love to say that the two snowmen that you see pictured were formed part of team work, but that would a lie. 

It was all my handy work!

The snow fell all day, it was truly a winter wonderland out there, and as I type this the snow may be starting to melt but it is still cold and crisp, and you would be forgiven for thinking you were in the midst of a snow globe. 

Not only was it Leo's first real snow experience, but it was also Lux's (our 18 month old Dalmatian puppy!). I have to admit that I thought the snow might be too much for Lux, he hates the cold you see and refuses to go outside if the temperature drops too far, but snow was something he was willing to get cold for, and he expressed this by refusing to come back inside. 

We took Lux for a dog walk nearby in the fields resembling a christmas card winter scene. We went with a neighbour and her young dog, and ended up walking around with a neighbour and her labrador from around the corner. All of the dogs were having the most wonderful time, they played among the snowflakes and jumped into deeper snow. They were soaking and cold but the happiness was ranking high on any measure that could be taken. 

The 10th Day of Christmas - Snow!

We spent hours out in the snow, we were cold on the outside but warm on the inside. Snow at Christmas time is one those things that will always bring a smile to your face, and I absolutely loved the excitement that it brought to not only my family but also the entire street that I live on. The snow brought everyone outside, and there was not a single soul without a smile on their faces. Everyone was feeling festive and merry, and snowmen popped up all along the street. There were people out in force walking their dogs even though the snow was still falling at an incredible rate. 

It felt magic and it felt like Christmas had come early.

When we finally came back inside and warmed our cold bodies, we pulled out a family board game and sat around on the floor until it was time for Leo to go to bed. It was the most wonderful end to the most wonderful day.

The 10th Day of Christmas - Snow!

Today the snow is still here, I was supposed to be in work. I awoke early and got the snow off the car, I drank my coffee and just before I was due to hit the road, my phone rang and a snow day was declared. Today Leo and I have walked the dog and we are now off to find the sledge (and brave the roads). While we are out we are going to pick up some mulled wine and a rather large trifle, and then we will return for sledge fun and another board game.

Because if you can't at Christmas when the snow is thick ground, when can you?

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