Got snow? In Cleveland, Ohio – and much of the Midwest/NorthEast – we do not. Yet, every morning my kids start their day running to the window in the hope that sparkling white flakes will be falling from the sky. Climate change IS real, and it’s impacting my Christmas spirit, making me as dreary as our eternally dismal sky (and a little cranky!). Then, I remembered a Christmas, spent with my parents in Hillsdale, Ontario. My daughter, days away from her first birthday, seemed very excited to get on the sled as we geared up, but fell asleep almost as soon as we began to pull the sleigh.
Also, I recalled my son’s fat red cheeks on his first sled ride – which he hated – perhaps because he was wrapped so tightly he could barely wiggle.
These pictures, shared on Facebook, got me thinking. I bet all of my friends have similar pictures of their kids or pets playing in the snow. Or pictures of their house in the snow. Or their cars buried in snow. Or of their backyards. I asked my Facebook friends to help me with a project – to look through their old photographs (or take new ones if you actually have snow) and post them on Facebook. Those who have done so spent a few minutes sifting through old pics of them and their loved ones, remembering holidays gone by and, I believe, felt the magic of Christmas. Several friends helped – but I need more if I’m going to complete my secret Virtual White Christmas project in time for Christmas. Please help by sending your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org (please use the subject “Virtual White Christmas” in the subject line so I don’t falsely assume it’s spam). Please share this project with your friends, encourage them to participate – if this “social” magic is going to work, we’ll need all the help we can get from friends, from friends of friends, and from friends of friends of friends.