Commentary By Arnold Dyre
This article will be my last one before Christmas. The
looming question in my mind is whether it will snow at
Christmas. Down through the years of my life, indeed, it has
snowed at Christmas. Not often, but more times than I can
I seem to remember at least
a couple of Christmas snows
when I was a small boy, and
I definitely remember the
Christmas snow in Grenada
in 1967. I remember snow in
Sasebo, Japan, when my Navy
shipmates and I were there for
the Christmas of 1968, coming
straight from the tropics
of Vietnam, and the snow seemed like a magical special
Christmas gift just for us.
I remember snow in Ripley, Miss., where Beverly and
I frequently have visited the family of Beverly’s sister at
Christmas, but I cannot recall exactly which visits featured
snow. More than once, I am pretty sure! One year, Beverly
and I and her sister Rita and Rita’s husband David and their
son Blake all went to Lake Louise in Canada’s Alberta
Province so that we would be guaranteed snow. We were
not disappointed, but the big surprise was that it snowed that
year in Ripley. We came home to snow!
I guess you could say that I am a Christmas snow-aholic!
So, will it snow this year?
The latest official Weather Channel forecast does not predict
a white Christmas for any portion of Mississippi -- but
isn’t it still too early for them to know? Stranger things have
happened! One time, several years back, Beverly and I spent
Christmas in New Orleans and, although none was predicted,
we got snow flurries there. It was very exciting!
Snow or not, it is hard to be disappointed in Christmas.
Absolutely, Christmas has always been my favorite time
of the year. December, as a whole, is not my most favorite
month, but the days around Christmas are my favorite time.
I like the Christmas music. I like the time with friends and
family. I like the smiles and fellowship. I like hot chocolate
and a nice fire in the fireplace. I like all the delicious things
to eat. I like it all, and I especially like it when it snows!
And, just in case it does snow, I am sharing my recipe for
snow ice cream.
SNOW ICE CREAM
You need to collect about a gallon of clean, fluffy snow in a
big bowl. The bowl ought to be clean, too. Stir in about a cup
of sugar and a tablespoon of vanilla extract. Have two cups
of cold whole milk on hand and stir in just enough to achieve
the desired consistency. Half-n-Half works even better! Do
not dare use low fat or skim milk. Serve the snow ice cream
immediately along with some sugar cookies if the Christmas
cookie fairy has made a visit to your house.
Merry Christmas, one and all. And please, let it snow, let it
snow, let it snow!